My Boss’s Daughter

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Rating: R

Starring:
Ashton Kutcher as Tom Stansfield
Jon Abrahams as Paul
Tara Reid as Lisa Taylor
Molly Shannon as Audrey Bennett
Terence Stamp as Jack Taylor
Andy Richter as Red Taylor
Tyler Labine as Spike
Michael Madsen as T.J.
Ryan Zwick as Delivery Boy
Patrick Cranshaw as Old Man
Angela Little as Sheryl
David Koechner as Speed
Carmen Electra as Tina
Ron Selmour as Darryl
Kenan Thompson as Hans
Charlotte Zucker as Gertrude
Jim Byrnes as George
Jeffrey Tambor as Ken
Ever Carradine as Julie
Dan Joffre as Smith
Tim Henry as Jones
Dave Foley as Henderson

Special Features:
Outtakes

Behind-The-Scenes Special – “A Look Behind My Boss’s Daughter”

Tara Reid Audition

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
French Language Track
Running Time: 90 Minutes

Synopsis:
Tom Stansfield is a shy, nice guy who never gets mad. He has a crush on co-worker Lisa Taylor, but there are two problems. First of all, he’s too intimidated to approach her. Second, she’s the daughter of his tough, no-nonsense boss Jack Taylor.

When Tom gets suckered into house sitting for Jack, he sees it as an opportunity to impress his boss and get closer to Lisa. Unfortunately, everything that could go wrong does go wrong. Fired secretary Audrey Bennett shows up with friends to try and get her job back. Jack’s estranged son Red also shows up and starts a drug deal in the house that goes bad. Jack’s beloved pet owl also escapes. Can Tom get everything back together before his boss returns home? And can he win the heart of Lisa in the process?

My Boss’s Daughter was initially rated PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, drug content and language. It is also issued in this R rated version for crude humor, sexual content, and language.

The Movie:
My Boss’s Daughter starts out promising enough. People love seeing the everyman go through hell in order to win the heart of a girl. The formula works for the first part of the movie, but it quickly goes downhill as the story progresses. It eventually sinks to a miserable low as it resorts to jokes where people pee on each other, show their butts, snicker at people with seeping head wounds, and generally do stupid things for cheap laughs. It was like a poor man’s rip-off of a Farrelly Brothers movie.

I’m not a big fan of Aston Kutcher, but he didn’t do anything to make me like him or hate him in this role. He’s pretty much just there to react to what the rest of the cast does and he does that well enough. Unfortunately, he has almost no chemistry with love interest Tara Reid and when they finally show their love for each other, it’s not terribly believable.

Terence Stamp is pretty good as Jack Taylor. He’s eccentric, creepy, and very intimidating. Like the movie itself, though, his performance starts out strong but slowly goes downhill as he shows his bare butt, is covered in mud, and is peed on by a very uncomfortable looking David Foley (who is fortunate to get out of this with little screen time and his name removed from the credits). I was surprised to see Stamp lower himself to this level, especially after pooh-poohing his role in Star Wars – Episode I.

The supporting cast is decent, but they have nothing to work with. Molly Shannon is her usual funny self, but she’s forced to play second banana to Kutcher. Andy Richter is pretty good as the estranged brother, but he doesn’t really get to break loose. I also generally hate Kenan Thompson, but I must admit that I laughed when he showed up as the ex-boyfriend of Tara Reid’s character. I can’t think of any two people more mismatched.

While My Boss’s Daughter has a number of good laughs in it, they are set off by equally bad moments. The final result is a film that is merely mediocre. I’ll also add that I didn’t see this movie in theaters, so I don’t know which scenes were added that made it an R rated special edition. I imagine it involved a wet t-shirt scene with Carmen Electra, though.

The Extras:
There are a minimal number of extras included on this DVD:

Outtakes – This is a selection of bloopers from the shoot, most of them featuring Molly Shannon and the other cast going into giggle fits.

Behind-The-Scenes Special – “A Look Behind My Boss’s Daughter” – When making he movie, the director needed to convince the studio that he needed money for one more day of filming. In order to convince them, he got Tara Reid, Andy Richter, and Terence Stamp to film a rough version of the scene. This video is the final result which ultimately convinced the studio.

Tara Reid Audition – This is a 5 minute or so video showing Tara Reid’s audition with Aston Kutcher for this film. Unless you’re a Tara Reid fan, this is a pretty boring extra.

The Bottom Line:
If you’re curious about My Boss’s Daughter, then the film might be worth checking out. You get to see a bit of favorites like Molly Shannon, Andy Richter, and Terence Stamp. However, the overall result isn’t terribly impressive.

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