The sharp workplace comedy
Pete Cozy (Eric Mabius) would rather 9-to-5 it and spend time with his homemaker wife, Sara (Annie Parisse), and toddler son than climb the corporate ladder. But when live-wire — and uncensored toughie — Susan Felders (
With his salary doubled and a light at the end of the credit card-debt tunnel shining bright, Pete, who still longs for his heyday in the now-limp record business, can't help but follow Susan's infectious lead and suits up, literally and figuratively. Susan, meanwhile, cozies up to Pete and his family, reeling them in with her aggressive charm and loopy largesse.
But Susan and Pete's fast-lane trip to L.A. for a powwow with avuncular company chief, Jack (Edward Herrmann), causes a ripple effect that darkens--and effectively deepens — the film's droll mood.
Writer-director Michael Walker keeps a firm grip on his smart material, offering up big laughs, lots of recognizable behavior and, in the end, a wistful glimpse at life's inevitable priorities.