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Price Check

This indie drama about corporate culture manages to take a critical stance toward the subject without resorting to easy generalizations or Office-style caricature. The everyman hero (Eric Mabius) has abandoned the music industry and taken a soulless office job to provide for his wife and son; his quiet life is shaken by the arrival of a new boss (Parker Posey), who promotes him to vice president but keeps him firmly under her thumb. Writer-director Michael Walker depicts office politics a little too realistically, creating a placid atmosphere that tends to stifle any laughs or drama. This is worth seeing, though, for Posey's performance as the white-collar sadist, whose go-getter persona hides a deep pain.

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