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Operator (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 8 November 2016 (USA)
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Joe, a programmer and obsessive self-quantifier, and Emily, a budding comedy performer, are happily married until they decide to use one another in their work.


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Credited cast:
Martin Starr ... Joe Larsen
Mae Whitman ... Emily Klein
Nat Faxon ... Gregg
Cameron Esposito ... Chloe Johnston
Retta ... Pauline 'Roger' Rogers
Christine Lahti ... Beth Larsen
Kris D. Lofton ... Dean (as Kristopher Lofton)
Kate Cobb ... Meghan
Tim Hopper ... Fisherman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Asif Ali ... Embarrassed Guy's Voice (voice)
John Boesche John Boesche ... Andersonville Street Pedestrian
Abigail Boucher ... Doctor
Tony Boyl Tony Boyl ... Male Nurse
Nancy Daly ... Helen
Bilal Dardai Bilal Dardai ... Bilal


Joe, a programmer and obsessive self-quantifier, and Emily, a budding comedy performer, are happily married until they decide to use one another in their work.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated

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Release Date:

8 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Konsultantka See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Production Co:

Cruze & Company See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Christine Lahti and Mae Whitman also worked together in Chicago Hope. They played Mother and Daughter (Dr. Kate Austin & Sarah) See more »


At the film's 32:31 mark, the digital clock behind Joe's mother reads, "9:08:19." At 33:03, after about another thirty seconds of dialogue, the clock reads, "9:08:25," although obviously more than six seconds have passed. See more »


Emily Klein: My father used to say "I didn't catch that" to emphasize his love of baseball but also to hide the fact that *he was going deaf*.
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Just so effing sad
6 December 2016 | by asliyaseminbaharSee all my reviews

So here's the deal. The movie was filmed beautifully. The characters portrayed each other well. But the movie was just so sad. And the kind of sad that is not necessary. I feel what I was watching "The Lobster" and the highlight of that movie was a dog who used to be a human getting killed. Geese I liked the contrast of the comedy being actually sad but give us a break dammit how dark must a person's soul be to write this. It just leaves you feeling like everything is going to sh*t and maybe that's the point but man it says COMEDY under genre. It was just way too much for me. I watched it and I enjoyed it and I understood it but I kind of wish I haven't because it was so depressing, even though it's perfectly fine and unique artistically. I just don't know what to think of this movie anymore. It depicted mental health problems, it depicted being human and making selfish mistakes, but it also depicted unrealistic moments at times. We come to the movies to relate or to escape. I believe this made us relate to the wrong side of us. There was a 10 second somewhat happy ending that I won't spoil but the whole thing makes me question who did this movie do good for besides the people involved in the creating process.

And a caveat: I wish we didn't always see mental disorders on such opposite ends of the spectrum. They either depict a very positive or a very negative picture. As you might have guessed this movie did the latter. I think we can do better. Also I believe that the character most likely has anxiety disorder though it cannot be said for certain without eliminating other illnesses. It is important to note however that the "cause" of autism is not known. There's no such thing. The mother drinking alcohol while pregnant might increase the risk but that's it. Anyway I'm gonna cry myself to sleep now and try to forget this movie.

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