Outside Sales (DVD Review)3 Aug, 2008 By: Anne Sherber
Stars Tricia O'Kelley, Lucas Fleischer, Danny Strong, Christopher John Fields, Andrea Grano, Rob Helms.
Outside Sales is a low-budget romantic comedy that exists at the unlikely intersection of “The Office” and Glengarry Glen Ross.
Paul is on top of the world. He's got a great job at which he excels. He's newly married to a lovely woman he adores. And his co-workers are all green with envy over his ability to close deals with even the most reluctant of clients.
And then it all comes crashing down on his short-sighted little head. He discovers his wife in bed with one of his most annoying office mates. And when word gets around about that betrayal, he loses out on a promotion that should have been his because he now seems weak.
Insult is piled on top of injury when the man who nailed Paul's wife gets the promotion Paul is now too much of a laughingstock to have. And his new boss brings a new saleswoman in to replace Paul ... and makes Paul train her.
Despite the film's unmistakably low-budget feel, it features several strong performances by a young and largely unknown cast. Fleischer, as the once and future power salesman, is charming both as a young man filled with bravado and as a loser tormented by insecurities.
O'Kelley is lovely and confident as the saleswoman who both intimidates and empowers Paul. Particularly funny are the cast's minor characters, including Grano and Helms, who populate the workplace and are the source of many of the film's funniest moments.
Outside Sales is an appealing little comedy with a bit of an edge buoyed by a clever script and charming performances. Viewers tired of “The Office” reruns will be entertained by this film.