clockwatchers

Amid greenish-hued cubicles and syncopated musak four office temps try to break out of the office-caste system and become “full-time.” However, in this acme-inspired company being a temp means you’re unreliable, untrustworthy, and mostly dispensable. Indie queen Parker Posey teeters on the edge of insanity as the “veteran temp.” If you’re working at a McJob, this film might just be the impetus to get out while you can. [us, 1997]

muriel’s wedding

A blaringly ugly politician wannabe narcissist who has mantraized life for his children, “You’re lazy, stupid, USELESS,” introduces us to Muriel Heslop. Plain, plump and cowed to near nothingness, Muriel lives in a safe world of fantasy and ABBA music, believing that marriage alone will restore her lost dignity. We follow Muriel as she pursues the magical event, a fascinating adventure of living on fabrications and wedding gown shopping. Despair and hilarity are woven masterfully together for all of this movie’s compelling characters, and the truth wins out for most. We all part sadder but wiser. [australia, 1997] ~ reviewed by nancy brown