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Demoted (2011)

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What goes around comes around for a pair of prank-playing tire salesmen (Astin and Vartan) who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss (Cross).

Director:

J.B. Rogers (as James B. Rogers)

Writers:

Dan Callahan (screenplay by), Dan Callahan (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Vartan ... Rodney McAdams
Sean Astin ... Mike
David Cross ... Ken Castro
Celia Weston ... Jane
Sara Foster ... Jennifer
Ron White ... Earl Frank
Constance Zimmer ... Elizabeth Holland
Patrick St. Esprit ... JR Daniels
Cleo King ... Betty
Jill Bartlett ... Tina
Cathy Shim ... Olivia
Jay Johnston ... Kline
George Back George Back ... O'Donnell
Robert Klein ... Bob Farrell
Billy West ... Robert Reilly
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What goes around comes around for a pair of prank-playing tire salesmen (Astin and Vartan) who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss (Cross).

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Office Rats See more »

Filming Locations:

Dearborn, Michigan, USA See more »

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Trivia

The film takes place in Detroit. Real Detroit television station WJBK (FOX 2) covered the secretary strike, and Kenny is shown reading real Detroit newspaper the Detroit Free Press. See more »

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Earl smokes in his office. The film takes place in Detroit and smoking in all workplaces was banned in Michigan in 2009. See more »

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Harden Up
Performed By Madison Haze
Written by A. Thorne and Mike Newport
Courtesy of Native Tongue Music
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Some tires just doesn't spring a leak...
16 June 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Well, "Demoted" wasn't bad, but it wasn't a whole lot of laughs either. That being said, then it must be said that the movie was actually good, nonetheless, as it had a very nice and warming story to tell.

"Demoted" is about top sales guys Mike (played by Sean Astin) and Rodney (played by Michael Vartan) working at Treadline Tires, and they are living the sweet, easy life, that is up until their boss drops dead from a heart attack, and the office 'joke' Ken Castro (played by David Cross) takes over the company. The two head ponchos find themselves demoted to secretaries, and have to deal with being lower on the corporate ranking of Treadline Tires.

Initially, I had expected more laughs from this movie, but still, I was thoroughly entertained, as the storyline was great and well executed. And the movie had some really nicely drawn out characters with lots of personality and variety. It was sort of a movie that goes to prove that the 'underdog' can achieve great things as well, and you don't have to be at the very top of the corporate line in order to be successful or in order to make a difference.

"Demoted" had some nice performances by the various actors and actresses. I personally enjoyed seeing David Cross in the role of Ken Castro, he was just great and really brought some great comedy to the movie.

As for a comedy of this caliber, then "Demoted" really doesn't bring anything new to the genre, nor does it play out anything that haven't been seen before. So it is basically straight out of the drawer material here. But it does work out well enough, especially if you enjoy these types of comedies.


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