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Parents' Guide to

Out of Office

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Workplace comedy has lots of sex content, curse words.

Movie PG-13 2022 86 minutes
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The workplace comedy is nothing new, but the remote or hybrid workplace is a setting that's yet to be adequately explored. Unlike previous attempts to capture the feel of the post-2020 world, Out of Office manages to paint a plausible picture of the remote work roles many Americans hold in 2022. The movie does a good job of finding humor in what happens when there are no longer boundaries between work and home, as well as the dynamics of couples who now share a home workspace.

The cast is stacked with big-name comedians (Ken Jeong, Jason Alexander, Leslie Jones, and Jay Pharoah just to name a few), and Cheri Oteri's hilarious turn as an overly enthusiastic empty nester especially stands out. Soon, though, things go from relatable to ridiculous -- and become considerably less funny in the process. Not helping is the protagonist, Eliza, who proves to be unlikable in a way that neither her romance subplot nor her redemptive arc can overcome. Ultimately this is a movie with a great cast that will hit close to home for many, it's just a shame it's not funnier.

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