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Demoted (2011)

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What goes around comes around for a pair of prank-playing tire salesmen (Astin and Vartan) who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss (Cross).

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J.B. Rogers (as James B. Rogers)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Vartan ... Rodney McAdams
Sean Astin ... Mike
David Cross ... Ken Castro
Celia Weston ... Jane
Sara Foster ... Jennifer
Ron White ... Earl Frank
Constance Zimmer ... Elizabeth Holland
Patrick St. Esprit ... JR Daniels
Cleo King ... Betty
Jill Bartlett ... Tina
Cathy Shim ... Olivia
Jay Johnston ... Kline
George Back George Back ... O'Donnell
Robert Klein ... Bob Farrell
Billy West ... Robert Reilly
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What goes around comes around for a pair of prank-playing tire salesmen (Astin and Vartan) who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss (Cross).

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Rated R for crude sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Office Rats See more »

Filming Locations:

Dearborn, Michigan, USA See more »

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The film takes place in Detroit. Real Detroit television station WJBK (FOX 2) covered the secretary strike, and Kenny is shown reading real Detroit newspaper the Detroit Free Press. See more »

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Earl smokes in his office. The film takes place in Detroit and smoking in all workplaces was banned in Michigan in 2009. See more »

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We're reminded of "Office Space" and can truly never go on from there
22 June 2012 | by StevePulaskiSee all my reviews

The direct to video effort Demoted brings one fantastic corporate office satire to mind and immediately suffers by comparison. That satire, of course, is Mike Judge's cult hit Office Space, a funny, poignant, and brutally honest look at inside the cubicle, observing three men fed up with their boss, their job, and every sickening event that happens day in and day out.

There are times when clearly Demoted wants to be that film. It wants to pack in relatable qualities found in the workplace, it wants to create characters that lie around your office, and it wants to make people you've seen before. The problem is that it is so textbook and underachieving in almost every field that it becomes less a relatable film and more of an envious portrayal of the life you wish was as convenient as your own.

Mike and Rodney (Sean Astin and Michael Vartan) are the office pranksters at their company, where they spend some time selling tires over the phone, but more time harassing fellow employees, mainly Ken Castro (David Cross). They have a notable relationship with the current boss, but after he dies in a night of boozing, strippers, and camaraderie, the head position is given foolishly to Castro (a name that will prove wholly fitting). He is dictative, boisterous, and sickeningly belligerent, and demotes Mike and Rodney to the secretary position - a position they sneered and mocked prior to this demotion.

Rodney is getting married and, after being put on the spotlight by her snotty father, tells her that he is getting a promotion and is a big shot at the office. It is truly inevitable this excuse will backfire, causing his marriage to subsequently go under, yet be miraculously saved in a foolish and contrived scene. It is too inevitable that Mike and Rodney will not have very much fun walking in someone else's shoes. I believe it was Atticus Finch from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird that you can never totally understand someone until you climb in their shoes and walk around for a while. Their case doesn't seem so much like that as it seems an urgent alliance. They, then, witness all the disheartening budget cuts Castro is making and plot to stop him.

I enjoyed the first act of Demoted, stared blankly, chuckling occasionally during the second, and finally, snickered and yawned during the third. There are times when the film genuinely wants to incorporate intelligent satire and wit to its material, but it is stuck in a rut of clichés waste-deep. Astin is a fine choice for Mike, playing a simple and likable man, if a caricature, and Vartan does his best with the role of the everyman, desperately careening towards the idea of making his marriage work. But who is brought to a solid light here is David Cross's Castro, but even he feels cheated on the levels of destruction he could so helpfully bring to a comedy of errors.

And that's where Demoted flounders. Too many clichés, too many ridiculous setups, too many cheap-shots taken at decent people, too many instances that beg us to laugh, and too much suspension of disbelief that we haven't seen Office Space. Likable cast, efficiently determined script, but an execution that has direct-to-DVD rehash written all over it.

Starring: Sean Astin, Michael Vartan, and David Cross. Directed by: J.B. Rogers.


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