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Encyclopedia > Employee of the Month (2006 film)
Employee of the Month
Directed by Greg Coolidge
Produced by Peter Abrams
Written by Screenplay
Don Calame
Chris Conroy
Greg Coolidge
Story
Don Calame
Chris Conroy
Starring Dane Cook
Jessica Simpson
Dax Shepard
Andy Dick
Tim Bagley
Efren Ramirez
and Harland Williams
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Tony Richmond
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Release date(s) October 6, 2006
Language English
IMDb profile

Employee of the Month is a film released on October 6, 2006. It focuses on events that happen at a Costco-like store (and indeed filmed in a Costco store), where two co-workers, Zack (Dane Cook) and Vince (Dax Shepard), compete for the affection of the new cashier, Amy (Jessica Simpson). The movie is directed by Greg Coolidge and is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor and language. It was released on DVD January 16, 2007. This article is about the 2004 film. ... Brief summary: When its employee of the month award day, Squidward says that the award is a sham and he could get it if he wanted to. ... Image File history File links Eotm-poster. ... Greg Coolidge a/k/a Gregory Coolidge is an actor, voice actor, script writer, director, and producer who has been active in cinema, television, and animation since 1995. ... Greg Coolidge a/k/a Gregory Coolidge is an actor, voice actor, script writer, director, and producer who has been active in cinema, television, and animation since 1995. ... Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ... Dax Shepard (January 2, 1975) is an American actor. ... Andrew Dick[1] (born December 21, 1965) is an American actor and comedian best known for his roles on the sitcoms NewsRadio and Less Than Perfect. ... Efren Ramirez (born October 2, 1973[1] in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ... Harland Michael Williams (born November 14, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian-born comedian, actor, and radio personality. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Lions Gate Films. ... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... October 6 is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years). ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) is the largest membership warehouse club chain in the world based on sales volume, headquartered in Issaquah, Washington, United States,[1] with its flagship warehouse in nearby Seattle. ... Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Dax Shepard (January 2, 1975) is an American actor. ... Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ... Greg Coolidge a/k/a Gregory Coolidge is an actor, voice actor, script writer, director, and producer who has been active in cinema, television, and animation since 1995. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

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Plot outline

Zack (Dane Cook), a slacker box boy who lives with his grandma, works at Super Club (a fictional warehouse store) with his fellow slacker buddies Lon (Andy Dick), Russell (Harland Williams) and Iqbal (Brian George). Vince (Dax Shepard) has received the "Employee of the Month" award for seventeen months in a row with some assistance from his very loyal and subdued sidekick Jorge (Efren Ramirez). The store manager in a storewide meeting announces that if Vince wins "Employee of the Month" for the 18th time in the following month, he'll also win a semi newish Chevy Malibu car. He also announces that the store will have a new employee the next day, Amy (Jessica Simpson). Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Slacking in the park The term slacker was commonly used in the United States in World War I and World War II to describe men who were avoiding the military draft. ... A warehouse store is a retail location with a limited variety of merchandise sold in bulk at a discount to customers. ... Andrew Dick[1] (born December 21, 1965) is an American actor and comedian best known for his roles on the sitcoms NewsRadio and Less Than Perfect. ... Harland Michael Williams (born November 14, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian-born comedian, actor, and radio personality. ... Brian George (born 1952, Israel) is a character actor who plays guest role Middle Eastern characters of varying degrees of stereotypicalness. ... Dax Shepard (January 2, 1975) is an American actor. ... Look up Award in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. ... Efren Ramirez (born October 2, 1973[1] in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ... The Chevrolet Malibu (named for Malibu, California) is a midsize car produced and sold in the United States by General Motors. ... Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ...


The next day at work, both Zack and Vince meet Amy and compete for her affection. Zack tries to show Amy around, but Vince steals her away from him before he can. The human resource management clerk is easily bribed with some candy; thus through Russell Zack obtains Amy's personal file to see what her story is and why she transferred to the store. Zack meets his three buddies up in their secret lounge, and Russell proceeds to tell Zack that Amy has a thing for the Employee of the Month and that she left her last job because of relationship problems with the previous winner. Upon hearing this, Zack decides to win Employee of the Month in order to impress Amy. // The goal of human resource management is to help an organization to meet strategic goals by attracting, and maintaining employees and also to manage them effectively. ...


The next day, Vince is shocked to see Zack on time for work and is a bit worried when Zack also gets the managers' attention. However, things don't seem to be going well with Amy, who is impressed by Vince's scanning abilities (he is the fastest cashier in the Southwest). Although Zack tries to beat Vince to clean up a jar of food that he broke on purpose, Vince manages to beat him in that task as well. A typical barcode scanner. ...


Vince has a date with Amy later that night, so Zack, trying to ruin Vince's date, steals his wallet, leaving Vince with no money. The waitress lets Vince have their meal for free because he's the fastest cashier in the Southwest, and Amy seems to be a little surprised. The waitress and Amy also exchange looks. Vince takes Amy home and tries to smooth talk his way inside and also awkwardly kisses her before she retreats inside.


The next day, Zack is alerted by Semi, the security guard, that there is a lost child in the store but Vince gets to the lost child first through some less-than-admirable events. As the days go by, Zack is continually frustrated in his quest for Employee of the Month and begins to give up hope. Iqbal, however, gives him some encouragement and right after their conversation, an inspired Zack gains even more hope after he gets the star for the day by helping a senior citizen lift a coffin onto her cart. Zack then proceeds to ask an impressed Amy out on a date. Later that night, Zack takes Amy to the now closed Super Club for their date. After a night of mini-golfing and movie watching, Zack and Amy have a lengthy conversation in which they find that they have a lot in common.


The next day at work, the manager announces that his brother, who is the president of Super Club, is coming to the store for an audit. He also announces that one of the cashiers has died and someone has to take her place. Zack volunteers to take the position, hoping that it will help earn him another star. The manager's strict older brother comes in, and acknowledges Zack's performance, which earns him the gold star for the day. Zack receives a swipe card that will allow him entrance to the cashier's lounge, but his friends (who he has been neglecting) don't seem too excited. Zack tells the managers about the secret lounge that his friends use, and it gets used for storage by the management. His friends notice, and are upset with him, which he shrugs off. Later that night, Vince and Jorge sneak into Zack's house and set all of his clocks back in order to make Zack late the next morning.


The next morning, Zack wakes up and realizes that his alarm is wrong and he only has twelve minutes to get to work. Iqbal notices Zack hasn't come in yet, and when Zack arrives just on time, he discovers Iqbal punched in for him even though they have been at odds recently. Zack gets even with Vince by putting his car on a shelf and allowing it to be sold to a customer. Jorge, whom Vince earlier promised that he could buy the very old car for $10,000 (which Jorge found attractive even though he was not even allowed a test ride) is angry at Vince that he has sold the car for only $20 to someone else.


As the days go by, Zack accumulates more and more stars and only has one less than Vince. In order to gain that star, Zack volunteers to play on the company softball team. However, he is faced with a dilemma when he agrees to cover for Iqbal's shift at the same time. Ultimately, he begins Iqbal's shift, but decides to leave partway through because things are going slow at the Super Club. He shows up just in time to help Super Club defeat their opponents and is awarded the gold star for the day. But while Zack was gone, Super Club got extremely busy and Iqbal was fired because he wasn't there for customer assistance. Due to his firing and Zack's ignoring his friends, they all decide not to talk to him.


Later that night, Zack tries to apologize to his friends, but they don't accept, feeling that he betrayed them just so he could sleep with Amy. Amy, overhearing this, becomes angry with Zack, explaining that she did have a thing for the Employee of the Month, but only because he was her ex-boyfriend and she left her previous job because he was a jerk. Zack tries to apologize, but Amy will not listen and leaves.


In the morning, Zack quits his job but his grandmother encourages him to at least try and get things back to the way they were. Zack stops by Iqbal's house and apologizes to his friends but Iqbal thanks him. It turns out that since he lost his job his wife got up the courage to demand a promotion, which she received. Zack gets the guys to come with him to work so they can stop his resignation from being processed by bribing the HRM clerk again.


Because Zack is still technically working at the Super Club, the tie between Zack and Vince for Employee of the Month will be broken with a scanning contest. Before the contest, Zack apologizes to Amy and thanks her for challenging him to be a better person. The contest starts off extremely close and it comes down to the last item: an untagged tire. In order to complete the contest, they both have to go to the other end of the store and find a tire with a tag on it. Vince eventually gets the tire back to the register just ahead of Zack and wins the contest. Semi, sensing something wrong with the competition, goes back to the security room to review the surveillance footage of the competition. Later that night, during the Employee of the Month ceremony, Semi interrupts everything to show that Vince cheated during the competition. Vince threw several items behind his back to save time and it is also revealed that he has done this many, many times before, thus not scanning some products, so giving them away. The managers proceed to fire Vince and declare Zack Employee of the Month, and he wins Amy over.


Vince ends up on probation for his crimes and now working for Maxi-Mart, and has been convicted to stay near his house and work and can't go more than 1 mile away. This is maintained by an electronic device around his ankle. Vince then meets Jorge at SuperClub, who now has his own '81 Honda Civic, and asks him to give him a ride to the bus stop. He says it jokingly as from a similar scene earlier in the movie except with the roles switched, but Jorge, wanting to get him back for all he did, and knowing what will happen if Vince travels too far, drives him to the bus station which is beyond the 1 mile limit of Vince's ankle bracelet.


Cast

Actor Role Notes
Dane Cook Zack Bradley Box Boy
Jessica Simpson Amy Renfro New Cashier
Dax Shepard Vince Downey Cashier, usually the Employee of The Month
Efren Ramirez Jorge "Vince's Box Boy"
Andy Dick Lon Optometrist
Harland Williams Russell Stocker
Brian George Iqbal Electronics Supervisor

Dane Jeffrey Cook (born March 18, 1972) is an American stand-up comedian and actor. ... Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ... Dax Shepard (January 2, 1975) is an American actor. ... Efren Ramirez (born October 2, 1973[1] in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ... Andrew Dick[1] (born December 21, 1965) is an American actor and comedian best known for his roles on the sitcoms NewsRadio and Less Than Perfect. ... Harland Michael Williams (born November 14, 1962 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian-born comedian, actor, and radio personality. ... Brian George (born 1952, Israel) is a character actor who plays guest role Middle Eastern characters of varying degrees of stereotypicalness. ...

Box Office

Following its release on October 6th, the film became the #1 most requested movie on AOL[1], and was released along with The Departed and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. Despite the poor critical response, the film managed open to nearly $12 million in its opening weekend, debuting at #4 just behind Open Season. The movie was made on a $12 million budget, and it finished with a little over $28 million in the United States. It has been suggested that AOL search data scandal be merged into this article or section. ... The Departed is an Academy Award-winning 2006 film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. ... Open Season is a computer-animated film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and directed by Roger Allers, Jill Culton and Anthony Stacchi. ...


The film has started to be released world-wide. In United Kingdom the movie debuted at #4 opening with over £1,000,000. The total world-wide figures for the film is of $34 million.


Cook has posted this on his official website talking about the film's box office success; [2] "We already made back our entire budget and now the movie is making a profit. Of the top 3 movies, we are the only film already out of the black (sic) and making money! This is great for me and my cast. It has sent a message that I can open a film up against HUGE COMPETITION with huge advertising budgets."


Promotion

The movie received heavy promotion from not only TV stations such as MTV, which aired sneak peeks of the movie every night after the "10 Spot", but a variety of websites including sites such as Perez Hilton, Myspace, and YouTube promoted the movie. MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. ... MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... YouTube is a popular free video sharing website which lets users upload, view, and share video clips. ...


Jessica Simpson also appeared in many TV shows such as The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and MTV's Total Request Live to promote the movie release. She appeared by herself on every show except TRL, where she was joined by Dane Cook. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... Jimmy Kimmel Live is a late-night talk show in the United States created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, broadcast from the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network headquartered in New York City. ... Total Request Live (commonly known as TRL) is the flagship television series on MTV that features popular music videos. ... Total Request Live (commonly known as TRL) is the flagship television series on MTV that features popular music videos. ...


Dane Cook appeared as the host of the 2006 season opener of Saturday Night Live[3] to promote the movie, though no mention of the film was made during his opening monologue or the subsequent sketches. This article contains a trivia section. ...


DVD

The January 16th, 2007 region one DVD release of the movie contains two commentaries: one featuring the director (Greg Coolidge) on his own, giving more technical information about the film. The second commentary features the director and star Dane Cook, who spend more time pointing out the origins of gags and actors throughout the movie. The disc also contains some "alternative dialogue" improv scenes by actors Andy Dick and Harland Williams; an alternate opening with Eva Longoria showing Vince and Zack's first day on the job, watching a video tape for new employees; an "At Work with Lon" feature showing Dick in character attempting to help to customers at Super Club; plus trailers for other Lionsgate films. Improvisation is the act of making something up as you go along. ... Eva Jacqueline Longoria (born March 15, 1975) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and television actress. ... Lions Gate redirects here. ...


The film is also available in Blu-Ray format. Blu-ray discs Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by a group of leading consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu_ray Disc Association (BDA), which succeeds the Blu_ray Disc Founders (BDF). ...


Trivia

  • Dane Cook is a die hard Boston Red Sox fan. In the movie when Super Club is playing Maxi Mart in the baseball game. Super Club is Red (in honor of the Sox) and Maxi Mart is Grey and Blue (in honor of the Yankees). This is a play on the famous rivalry. Also, Just before the start of the game, the uniforms are questioned for being pink, to which the reply is "We accidentally washed them with the red socks".
  • The names of the characters Glen Gary and Glen Ross are a reference to the classic play Glengarry Glen Ross.
  • Brian George also plays a supporting role in this movie. George is best known otherwise for his role in Seinfeld as Babu Bhat.
  • Employee of the Month was shot at a Costco Wholesale warehouse club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Products in several interior shots display the Kirkland Signature house brand logo. In the scene where Zack and Vince are doing the final Employee of the Month challenge, on the shopping carts it clearly shows Costco Wholesale. Construction of a Sam's Club store across the street had recently been completed; the rivalry between Super Club and Maxi Mart in the film parodies the real life competition between Costco and Sam's Club. The Costco location chosen is well known to Albuquerque residents; for a long time, it had been the only such store in town, previously known as Price Club.
  • It would appear that no one seems to get any days off, as Dane Cook and Dax Shepard's characters are competing virtually every day to get a gold star including Thanksgiving as this film takes place in November.
  • In the Steaksmith's scene Harland Williams compares Dane Cook's character Zack to the drummer from REO Speedwagon (in that nobody knows his name), while REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" plays in the background.
  • In the scene where Zack (Dane Cook) wins some damaged goods from Harland Williams in a game of rock, paper, scissors, you can see on Zack's shirt right before he throws his hand in for rock paper scissors that it says the word "paper" and Zack in fact plays paper and in turns "covers" Harland Williams rock and wins the whole lot of goods.
  • When Zack and Vince first meet Amy they both attempt to win Amy over by impressing her. Vince attempts to guess where she is from by saying she looks "Nordic" and that she must be from "Nordica". Dane jokes in saying "Nordica. Thats just north of timberland, right?" And Vince quickly replies with a pop culture refrence by quoting Billy Joel in saying "He's always quick with a joke or to light up your smoke" A famous line from the song Piano Man.
  • In the scene where Jorge agrees to return to working as a boxboy for Vince there is a slight reference to Napoleon Dynamite. When Jorge agrees to work again for Vince they hug and Jorge says "It just feels right." This is the title of a Jamiroquai song. Jamiroquai is the band that plays during the dance scene of Napoleon Dynamite.

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External links

  • Employee of the Month Official Page
  • Employee of the Month MySpace
  • Employee of the Month at the Internet Movie Database
  • Employee of the Month Reviews at Metacritic.com
  • Employee of the Month at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Employee of the Month MovieFiller
  • Employee of the Month - About the Filmmakers

 
 

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