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Entry Level (DVD Review)

28 Dec, 2008 By: Rachel Cericola

Street 1/6/09
Comedy, $24.98 DVD
Not Rated
Stars D.B. Sweeney, Missi Pyle, Steve Ryan, Taylor Negron, Cedric Yarbrough, Kurtwood Smith.

Everyone has to start somewhere. Clay Maguire (Sweeney) is starting at the bottom of the corporate world — about 15 years too late. At least that’s his plan.

Pushing 40, the failed restaurateur wants to take a stab at a new profession, despite his lack of experience and spelling capabilities.
Entry Level is a cute little comedy that will seem very familiar to anyone who’s ever had a job interview. We’ve all dealt with the boring questions, blank stares and broken record of “we’ll keep your resumé on file.” The film sometimes takes familiar situations to funny extremes, including an HR manager (Negron) who only hires candidates he hates because he considers working for his employer to be “punishment.”

On the rest of his journey, Clay faces foreclosure and befriends a not-so-merry band of other job seekers. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he supplies his competition with a daily dose of gourmet sandwiches. Clay’s cooking skills are a running theme throughout the film, which leads to the inevitable ending. Still, the film is funny and entertaining. It’s basically Office Space without the office.

The film didn’t see a wide release but managed to snag top writing and film awards at VisionFest 2007. Don’t expect to see any behind-the-scenes extras, but the DVD release will include another festival fave, Full Disclosure, the short film starring Judy Greer (27 Dresses) and Brent Sexton (HBO’s “Deadwood”).

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