My Boss's Daughter
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie contains racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic jokes, sexual situations and references, strong language, drinking, and drug dealing. There is comic peril and violence, including an apparent seizure after ingesting a sedative and alcohol. Characters are threatened with guns and a gun is fired.
What's the story?
In MY BOSS'S DAUGHTER, Tom (Ashton Kutcher) is a shy clerk at a publishing firm who has trouble asserting himself and expressing anger. He wants to get a job in the creative department but is so intimidated by the tyrannical CEO, Jack Taylor (Terence Stamp), that he has never had the nerve to apply for it. To complicate things further, Tom has a crush on Jack's daughter, Lisa (Tara Reid), but is too shy to let her know. Tom thinks that Lisa has asked him on a date, but in reality, she has asked him to pet-sit her father's owl, OJ, so she can go to a party with her boyfriend. Jack warns Tom that if anything goes wrong, he will not just be fired but painfully killed. This of course means that everything will go wrong.
Is it any good?
It isn't just that My Boss's Daughter is stupid. It isn't just that it is offensive. It isn't just that it is not funny. It is all of the above, plus an appalling use of talented people like Terence Stamp, Michael Madsen, Molly, and David Zucker (of Airplane) who directed the whole mess and then put his real name on it.
The set-up is just fine (think of The Cat in the Hat and many wonderful screwball comedies). The problem is that not one thing that happens in the next hour onscreen is interesting, funny, or original. It is just one long cringe-inducing disgust-fest with jokes about OJ Simpson, a girl's bleeding head wound, gays, blacks, a blind quadriplegic, attempted suicide, an apparent seizure, rape and too much more. In fact, if you made a list of every single thing in the world that is not funny, you'd have this movie.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what Jack learned about being a parent and whether anyone in this movie learned anything about how to pick better material in the future.