The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele)
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The Boss of it All (Direktøren for det hele)
Lars von Trier's black comedy The Boss of It All (Direktøren for Det Hele) concerns an IT company owner who -- in need of a figurehead to "hide behind" when confronted with employee problems -- invented the personage of a CEO during the startup period for his corporation. The scheme worked for a surprisingly long period, but when the time arrives to sell the business, massive problems arise -- for the prospective buyers insist on only negotiating with the CEO, in person. Thus, the owner further extends the ruse, by hiring a down-and-out actor to impersonate the chief officer.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the humor department, The Boss of It All elicits few belly laughs but lots of thoughtful chuckles."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Bone-dry but completely assured, both in its visual strategy and its wry deconstruction of the workplace comedy genre."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"An appealing low-budget quirky spoof on corporations."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Von Trier has evidently been watching The Office, and replicates both its soulless setting and fly-on-the-desk camera-style, not to mention the Brentian fear of being unpopular."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"In some ways, I enjoyed this movie more than any of his features, and yet it's sad that he has drawn in his horns so much."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Scenes are thus punctuated by as many jump cuts as punch lines--a technique that amplifies the sly humor."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"How fitting for the film that a computer is calling the shots. But how disappointing for us that it can't punch up a script."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A bit of a shambles, but perhaps in its lack of von Trier's usual pretensions will lie the charm of this film for some."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The script and story are what matter. They are as neat and interlocked as nail scissors. They are also grimly funny."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Despite roguish interventions from Von Trier himself (in voiceover, and on screen), the movie has more in common with Working Girl and Trading Places than anything from Europe's leading auteur. Which, it seems, is a lucky, liberating thing."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Perverse humor pervades the films of Lars von Trier."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Here's hoping Lars von Trier's retirement will be brief. Cinema needs meddlesome provocateurs. An occasional stone in the shoe keeps us alert."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Full of in-jokes for Von Trier fans and oddly shot, the quirkiness will probably be lost on those unfamiliar with the Dogme 95 man's work."
‑ , thelondonpaper
"Von Trier may be commenting on the mechanical, dehumanised nature of corporate decision-making, or of Hollywood filmmaking. Maybe he's just being whimsical. It's always hard to tell with this joker-provocateur. And always completely fascinating."
‑ Sukhdev Sandhu, Daily Telegraph
"Light, frothy and bitingly funny with a pleasingly dark underside."
‑ , Little White Lies
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