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Overall Rating
1.36

Awesome: 2%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 6%
Pretty Bad: 16%
Total Crap76%

2 reviews, 38 user ratings


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My Boss's Daughter
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by EricDSnider

"This is why Ashton Kutcher didn't used to be famous."
2 stars

What "My Boss's Daughter" fails to understand about comedy is that the audience cannot laugh when it is too busy being frustrated at how stupid the characters are. If a problem has an easy solution that is ignored in favor of wacky hijinks, we are not amused; we are irritated that the morons on the screen didn't take the simple steps necessary to fix the problem.

Case in point: Early on, young publishing-firm researcher Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher) is riding the subway when he sees the object of his affection. It is Lisa Taylor (Tara Reid), unobtainable because she is a) gorgeous and b) the daughter of Tom's cruel boss, Jack (Terence Stamp). He finally gets up the nerve to go talk to her, and when he does, the abandoned briefcase he has recently found and is now carrying around as though it were his falls open to reveal a gay porn magazine.

Put yourself in his shoes. Being a creature capable of thought, you would say, "Oh my gosh, how embarrassing! This isn't my briefcase. I just found it. Look, there must be some papers in here ... ah, see, here's the name of the guy whose briefcase it is. See? Not mine. I'm not gay." Then you both share a hearty laugh about the situation and maybe make out.

But not Tom. No, Tom just sort of stammers and doesn't know what to do, and therefore does nothing, leaving Lisa with the perfectly understandable impression that Tom is gay. (Actually, one could get that impression just from observing how much makeup Ashton Kutcher wears. Gay porn need not even enter the equation.)

There is much of that sort of "Three's Company"-style faux-wackiness in "My Boss's Daughter," with uninvited houseguests tracking impossible amounts of mud into a pristine house, behaving more boorishly than is humanly possible, allowing pet owls to ingest cocaine and then escape -- you know, the usual desperate levity you get from a new writer (David Dorfman) and a fast-fading director (David Zucker, a long way from "Airplane!").

The plot involves Tom housesitting for Jack while he's away, in an attempt to get closer to Lisa, who it turns out is going to be gone, too. Molly Shannon plays a newly fired secretary who shows up wanting justice, and Andy Richter -- yes, heaven help us, Andy Richter -- plays Lisa's deadbeat brother. There's a drug deal gone awry, too, of course; that's what happens in houses that are supposed to be kept in mint condition while their owners are away.

I confess to laughing a few times, mostly at Molly Shannon's odd, distracted way of delivering her lines. But I was annoyed more often than I was entertained. The humor is unfocused and scattershot, attempting pitch-black comedy about suicide one minute and vaudevillian comedy of errors the next. The film also contains a nude shot of Andy Richter's rear end. Surely you do not need any more convincing than that to stay away.

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originally posted: 08/26/03 16:14:52
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User Comments

11/28/13 Amy I actually thought this movie was pretty funny. 3 stars
9/04/13 Meghan Malicoat I liked this movie, even though it had Tara Reid in it. 3 stars
6/19/11 Jennifer Barr horrible 1 stars
3/28/07 fools♫gold It does kind of suck, but damn are there MUCH worse! There are some laughs. 3 stars
9/28/06 Ryan_A Even Koechner, Tambor, Richter and Zod can't make it even partly watchable. Horrible. 1 stars
8/14/06 Sharon BOMB!!! 1 stars
7/08/06 Anthony Feor Hi I'm Ashiton Kutcher, (crowd falls asleep) 1 stars
9/11/05 love not funny, disorianted so called comedy 2 stars
7/27/05 tony that just goes to show you how shit ashton kutcher is. He needs to quit acting and die 1 stars
5/25/05 Jake Undeniable Crap! 1 stars
3/18/05 Jeff Anderson Pathetic garbage that even Kutcher couldn't save. DAVID ZUCKER, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED!!!!! 1 stars
8/26/04 Greg Probert so funny 5 stars
4/17/04 Nate It's like Old School, without comedy, good acting, plot, or anything else good. 1 stars
4/07/04 archangeljen I couldn't even stand to watch the first 10 minutes, it just made me sick. 1 stars
1/21/04 Betty White Kutcher is embarrasing in this unfunny, tasteless comedy. 1 stars
9/30/03 nutterbuts and they want to ban tazer guns? not with this ash-hole thinkin' he can act. 1 stars
9/23/03 The F-Bomb ASHTON KUTCHER FUCKED MY MOM 1 stars
9/14/03 MelissaNYC Send Reid/Kutcher/Brittany Murphy to Iraq. Watch the terrorists go wild. Televise on AFHV. 1 stars
9/08/03 tim crap 1 stars
9/07/03 Eric JUST PLAIN BAD 1 stars
9/05/03 bob mckenzie its sad that america's fascination with stupidity (Kutcher) never wanes 1 stars
9/02/03 boo I actually thought of giving this another rating just to be different, but Ashton is EVIL. 1 stars
8/28/03 Kassy M I think that the film could have had a chance if the 2 main characters were cast differntly 1 stars
8/27/03 Uncle Salty Punch me in the face and cut off my head so the memory can be erased. 1 stars
8/27/03 Lord Chu Kutcher should not have the right to be a talentless waste of my time. 1 stars
8/27/03 cochese Shit, shit and ....oh yeah, SHIT!! 1 stars
8/26/03 dave kutcher should go back to the runway 1 stars
8/26/03 James Bond's Bitch This Movie Sucked A** 1 stars
8/26/03 James Bond Terrible, Worse movie I have seen all summer. 1 stars
8/26/03 Allison tara reid looked like she fell asleep in a bathtub of sunless tanner before filming. 1 stars
8/25/03 KCobain Wow. How low can you go? 1 stars
8/24/03 Sean How can you "accurately belie" something? 1 stars
8/24/03 Kyle Great cast, horrible movie 1 stars
8/24/03 Ken Kutcher is a slightly more talented Pauly Shore. But that's not saying much. 1 stars
8/23/03 Bob Dope SUCKS 1 stars
8/23/03 mason linden ashton has bad taste in leading women on and off screen 1 stars
8/23/03 MiMi Ashton sucks stale ass 1 stars
8/22/03 Crocface eh 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  22-Aug-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 03-Feb-2004

UK
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Australia
  22-Jul-2004


Directed by
  David Zucker

Written by
  David Dorfman

Cast
  Ashton Kutcher
  Tara Reid
  Terence Stamp
  Carmen Electra
  Michael Madsen
  Andy Richter



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