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- 1 hr 30 min
Head Office is a 1985 satirical comedy film directed by Ken Finkleman and starring Judge Reinhold, Eddie Albert, and Lori-Nan Engler. The film is a depiction of the inner workings of a large corporation and the absurdity that often goes on in the world of big business. The movie starts with the induction ceremony of the new CEO of a corporation known as the Union Petroleum or UNIPEC, played by Eddie Albert.
The rise of the new CEO at UNIPEC sends a wave of nervousness through the executive team, who fear they may lose their jobs or be relegated to less important positions. Meanwhile, a young recruit named Jack Issel (Judge Reinhold) is hired to work in the mailroom of the UNIPEC office. As Jack learns more about the company, he begins to realize that not everything is as it seems.
The film satirizes corporate culture in a number of different ways. One example is the character of Max Landsberger, the Executive Vice President of UNIPEC, who is obsessed with the idea of "synergy." Max attempts to encourage synergy at every turn, even when it doesn't make sense to do so. At a certain point, Max's constant use of buzzwords comes back to bite him, and he finds himself floundering in front of a group of investors.
Another example of the film's satirical take on the corporate world is the character of Jane Caldwell, the president of a charity that UNIPEC donates to. Jane is shown to be a hypocrite who uses the money from UNIPEC to throw lavish parties and live a life of luxury. When Jack confronts her about her behavior, Jane argues that her actions are justified because she's helping people.
In addition to its satirical approach, the film also has a few subplots that are designed to add flavor and humor to the story. For example, throughout the film, Jack is pursued by a gorgeous co-worker named Gabby (Lori-Nan Engler), who seems to be interested in him but also might be playing games. Another subplot involves a dim-witted security guard who is prevent people from entering the office on Sundays, despite the fact that the office is closed.
Overall, Head Office is a somewhat dated but still enjoyable film that captures the essence of corporate culture. While some of the humor might be lost on younger viewers who are less familiar with the corporate world, the film is still entertaining in its own way. Judge Reinhold is excellent as Jack, bringing a sense of optimism and idealism to the character, while Eddie Albert provides a great contrast as the older and more cynical CEO. The film's satirical take on the corporate world is effective, and the various subplots help to keep things interesting throughout the story.
Head Office is a 1986 tv movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4 and a MetaScore of 31.