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Haiku Tunnel (2001)

R | | Comedy | 22 January 2001 (USA)
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Josh has an offer to "go perm" at his employer and the first task is to mail 17 high priority letters....something that seems a little difficult to do.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Kornbluth ... Josh Kornbluth
Warren Keith ... Bob 'Bob' Shelby
Sarah Overman Sarah Overman ... Julie Faustino
Leah Alperin Leah Alperin ... Temp #1
Jacob Kornbluth ... Temp #2
Stephen Muller Stephen Muller ... Temp #3
Linda Norton Linda Norton ... Temp #4
Helen Shumaker Helen Shumaker ... Marlina D'Amore
Amy Resnick Amy Resnick ... Mindy
Brian Thorstenson Brian Thorstenson ... Clifford
June Carryl ... DaVonne (as June Lomena)
Joanne Evangelista Joanne Evangelista ... Caryl
Jennifer Laske Jennifer Laske ... Helen the Ex-Girlfriend
Patricia Scanlon ... Helen the Ex-Secretary
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Jimmy the Mail Clerk
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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An office comedy

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'm Just a Secretary See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$92,723

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,723
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The director's lack of frog anatomy knowledge resulted in the eyeglasses for the frog eventually being jury-rigged with a paper clip and rubber band. See more »

Goofs

When going through the instructions left for Helen, Joshua says it is "Eleven and a half single-spaced pages", but the document is double-spaced. See more »

Quotes

Bob 'Bob' Shelby: Go back to your desk. Settle down. Focus. And catch up.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits we hear a voiceover of Bob Shelby's dictating a letter See more »

Alternate Versions

DVD includes outtakes and six deleted scenes:
  • Medieval Marlina: a 'secretarial simulation' showing Marlina dressed in medieval garb;
  • Neurotic Adventurer: on his way to the Pine building, Josh has a flashback of himself in college;
  • Apology: more footage of Josh trying to convinge the guard to let him enter the Pine building;
  • Politeness: Josh complains about Bob Shelby's constant politeness;
  • Fatelets: Josh delivers a monologue while having sex with Julia;
  • Coda: epilogue showing Josh bicycling up on a mountain. He meets Darlene, and they ride away together on her motorcycle.
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Connections

Features Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

L'oiseau de feu
(The Firebird)
Igor Stravinsky
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Cute and clever
8 August 2002 | by zanna_voodooSee all my reviews

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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