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Haiku Tunnel is a frenetic office comedy about a neurotic male secretary who is a terrific temp but a horrible perm. When his new boss (a tax attorney who just may be Satan) gives him 17 very important letters to mail out, he doesn't, and the ensuing complications bring him face-to-face with a lifetime of personal demons.Written by
This is a clever and pointed little film that any low-rung corporate employee, whether temp or perm, would relate to.
This is no Office Space or Clockwatchers, but it has its own charms, and I think it even more accurately reflects the mindset of a lifetime temp.
Casting was excellent, particularly the head secretary, Helen. Unlike other reviewers, I thought casting Josh in the main role was fine. He smirked a bit too much, too aware of his own jokes, but was forgivable.
The plot isn't the point of this film at all, and if you concentrate on the "letter mailing" crisis you'll miss the real story. This story is about the mindet of temps and, more broadly, the corporate work world. Josh's fear of commitment, consistent underachievement, unfulfilled creative dreams, social isolation, and skewed work ethic all illustrate how unhappy and empty corporate work can make us.
The movie is definitely funny, but it won't have you rolling in the aisles. More likely you'll recognize too many of your co-workers, and groan in sympathy over Josh's predicament.
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