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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » My Boss's Daughter (R-Rated Version)
My Boss's Daughter (R-Rated Version)
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // R // February 3, 2004
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 23, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Pre-"Punk'd", Pre-"Dude, Where's My Car?", Ashton Kutcher made "My Boss's Daughter", a film that's been gathering dust on the shelf at Dimension films, only released last year after Kutcher's success. It's not difficult to see why this didn't make it to theaters earlier, but it's not as easy to see why the film hit theaters at all - made with the cheapness of a direct-to-cable flick, David Zucker's directorial effort is surprisingly sub-par, considering what's he's been involved with prior. Kutcher apparently even disavowed knowledge of the film in interviews.

The film centers around Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher), a nice guy who never gets the girl and generally embarasses himself when he tries. In this case, the girl is Lisa (Tara Reid), the daughter of his evil Boss (Terrence Stamp), a mean-spirited guy who generally delights in tormenting his employees. Through a series of misunderstandings, he ends up watching his boss's house - by himself at first, then with a series of uninvited, cartoonish guests (the film was originally called "The Guests") who generally cause chaos while Kutcher's character stares and goes, "Uh, hey, would ya mind not doing that?".

Although the terrible screenplay by David Dorfman ("Anger Management") is a problem, there's also the fact that no one here gives a remotely good performance. Kutcher - who can be very funny at times in "Punk'd" and "That 70's Show" - seems completely lost playing a bland, everyguy character. Molly Shannon is over-the-top shrill as a co-worker who Tom unintentionally gets fired, while Tara Reid is surprisingly weak in the lead. Andy Richter has a couple funny moments, while Terrence Stamp does a good job playing his usual, intimidating self. Carmen Electra looks good in a tight (wet at one point) t-shirt and has maybe one or two lines of dialogue. There's a few highlights, but overall, there's a lot of good actors involved who somehow manage to do their worst.

I'll admit laughing once or twice during this film, but this is mostly an awful picture that those involved are likely trying their best to forget. The picture was rated PG-13 theatrically, but a few more moments have been added here (about 5 minutes) to bring it up to an R. I didn't see the film theatrically (thank god), so I don't know the differences (few more curse words, maybe?), but I didn't notice anything much.


The DVD

VIDEO: "My Boss's Daughter" is presented by Dimension in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The picture appears rather bland and murky on this transfer, which offers strangely subdued colors. Sharpness and detail are just average, as the picture manages to retain a decent level of definition and sharpness, but can appear a little soft at times.

Some grain and compression artifacts show up in a few scenes, while light edge enhancement also takes away from the image. A couple of specks also show up on the print. Overall, this was a mediocre effort.

SOUND: "My Boss's Daughter" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. The film is entirely dialogue-driven, with 90% of the soundtrack coming from the center channel. Occasional music maintains a decent stereo spread, but that's about it. Audio quality is nothing noteworthy.

EXTRAS: Outtakes, featurette, deleted scene and Tara Reid audition tape.

Final Thoughts: A complete waste-of-time and generally awful flick, "My Boss's Daughter" is a terrible effort from just about everyone involved. Dimension's DVD offers little in the way of supplements and average audio/video quality. Not recommended.

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