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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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Did You Know?


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: This is kinda fun. How many more are there?
Dean: Huh, above thirty thousand.
[Meghan chuckles]
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Overrated and underwhelming
13 April 2018 | by iantraderSee all my reviews

It's an interestingly unique idea and it starts brilliantly.

Then it totally falls down half way through. It doesn't know what it is, what it wants or where it's going. Then we get to know. But it's not well-flagged. Can't say much more without the spoiler tag but it just doesn't hang together well.

Some observations:

The mother is annoying . Really! No sympathy for the character at all and, more annoyingly, she has absolutely no impact on the storyline.

In an attempt to add 'pace' there are a few long sequences which don't mean or do anything.

And they throw in a little past-life psychology for one of the main characters, in an attempt to add weight.

The actors are fine - Mae Whitman in particular is brilliant!

Potential, potential potential. Squandered, squandered, squandered.

Yep, (co)writer/director. I really should have learned by now but was momentarily wrong-footed because the director's name appears second on the writer credits. Oy vey.

As a movie, it's vastly overrated and rather under whelming. Shame.

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