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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 Scott Weinberg

"Kutcher vs. Reid - Battle of the Vacant Stares"
1 stars

Aha! Caught you again, Hollywood! Case in point: a new comedy that's been delayed a half-dozen times, repeatedly retitled, clearly constructed with an eye on status-quo stupidity, and jettisoned into the Dog Days of Summer Cinema in an effort to capitalize on the astounding popularity of uber-cipher Ashton Kutcher. A pal of mine summed up "My Boss's Daughter" quite appropriately by likening it to 'the final episode of a sitcom that nobody ever watched'.

Either My Boss's Daughter is an intentional throwback to the old-style Screwball Comedies...or it's one of the shallowest and most unoriginal slapsticks ever produced. Regardless of intent, the end result is a movie that's as shoddily constructed as it is horrifically unfunny.

Slapstick comedy genius David (Airplane!, Top Secret!, Ruthless People, The Naked Gun, BASEketball, etc.) Zucker directs his first truly awful movie from a woefully bad screenplay (courtesy of Anger Management's David Dorfman), jamming photogenic automatons Ashton Kutcher and Tara Reid into a unending parade of limp physical comedy, annoying "misunderstanding" gags and truly uninspired moments of gross-out.

When you're trying to remember a movie's best laugh, and your options consist of the Rape Gag or the Bloody Oozing Head Wound Bit - you're probably not ruminating over a new comedy classic. And don't get me started talking about the damn owl jokes. OK, there's a lot of Owl Jokes.

Settle down for a meticulous and highly analytical plot synopsis:

"Idiot house-sits for his evil boss."

The idiot in question is Mr. Kutcher, who is an actor I've always tried to like - but the guy has never really given me a reason to. And if you're front-loading your new movie with the one-two punch of Ashton Kutcher and Tara Reid, you're just begging to be labeled "Battle of the Biblically Vapid". Combined they offer the screen presence of a particularly lush fern.

Since we're talking about a movie with precisely one joke ("Destroy house while Kutcher gapes"), you can of course expect a non-stop rogue's gallery of garish supporting players. The usually-very-funny Molly Shannon works hard to no discernible result; gruff guy Michael Madsen pops up to act mean and urinate all over the living room; the busty Carmen Electra is on board to showcase her T-shirted nipples; Andy Richter wanders around offering very little despite his numerous talents. Jeffrey Tambor, Dave Foley, Kenan from Nickelodeon...throw 'em all on a screen and hope for a handful of sparse chuckles.

Tara Reid has very beautiful eyes.

...and then there's Terence Stamp. The respected, the celebrated, the fantastic Terence Stamp...forced to bare his ass and endure moronic gutter pratfalls and play the blustering third wheel to a robotic leading duo. It's simply too depressing to dwell upon.

"My Boss's Daughter" is predictably being dumped into the late August Cineplex Wasteland, and that treatment accurately belies the film's quality. Find this one on late-night cable some time next year, and I bet you flip it off after about 15 minutes.

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originally posted: 08/22/03 15:30:51
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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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