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Corporate Affairs

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment // R // December 26, 2005
List Price: $14.99 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Scott Weinberg | posted January 8, 2006 | E-mail the Author
The Movie

Clearly designed to be a cross between Moonlighting, Working Girl, and Weekend at Bernie's (as if that's some sort of worthwhile combination), the lame-duck business farce Corporate Affairs is a charmless, witless, directionless, and entirely giggle-free "comedy." Aside from the fun of seeing former Bosom Buddies goofball Peter Scolari deliver his nebbishy nice-guy schtick, and a few random booby shots, there's nothing here worth bothering with ... especially if you're expecting a few half-decent laughs.

Scolari and 80s hottie Mary Crosby star as a pair of ever-bickering corporate stooges, devious boardroomers who are constantly devising new ways to screw each other over. One of the impending deals is a possible merger with a big electrical company, and our heroes (?) have quite a lot to gain from the acquisition.

Only one problem: Their boss drops dead on the eve of the deal, thereby effectively ruining the whole shebang ... unless Simon & Jessica can keep the body under wraps! Toss in a bunch of "colorful" kooks, a few meandering subplots, and, somehow, a handful of topless hookers, and you've got Corporate Affairs, the movie that makes Head Office look like Office Space. (And if you're the sort of movie geek who remembers Ken Finkleman's Head Office, then you've half an idea of how terrible Corporate Affairs is.)

It's all very broad and "wacky" in that late-1980s way, what with Scolari delivering his dialogue in a breathless nerd-banter and Crosby vamping it up in sexy fashion, but it's just a whole lot of effort expended for no discernible payoff. I'd be willing to give director Terence Winkless a break with some back-handed praise or the mention of a semi-worthwhile gag, but the flick's screenplay shows no evidence that it was ever funny. And no amount of breathless and broad energy could breathe life into a concept this shopworn.

The DVD

Video: Par for the course with these Disney/Corman releases, the movie is presented in a patently unimpressive full frame transfer.

Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo.

Extras: The menu screen has precisely one option: Play Movie.

Final Thoughts

Just don't rent it ... as if you were going to anyway, right?

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