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Office workers existing in varying states of disgruntlement/insanity, Tom, Sandra, Randy, and Curt bet a month's salary to see who can stay indoors the longest. Since their office is located in a downtown area, where almost all of the buildings are connected by a system of glass-enclosed bridges, this doesn't seem like such a difficult proposition. However, the longer they stay indoors, the stranger things get. Waydowntown, which was screened at the 2000 Vancouver International Film Festival, was directed and co-written by noted Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns, and features celebrated… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's snags and stumblings are more than compensated for by its wryly subversive tone."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Burns never really harnesses to full effect the energetic cast."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A subtly brilliant satire."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"...either you're willing to go with this claustrophobic concept or you're not."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"You wouldn't want to live waydowntown, but it is a hilarious place to visit."
‑ Pam Grady, Reel.com
"Dilbert without the right-on satiric humor."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A smart, sardonic satire."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The perfect film for those who like sick comedies that can be snide."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Waydowntown just like most large cities, isn't somewhere you'll want to spend the rest of your life, but it sure is a fun place to visit for a while."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"The observations of this social/economic/urban environment are canny and spiced with irony."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"A well-put-together piece of urban satire."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"With wit and empathy to spare, waydowntown acknowledges the silent screams of workaday inertia but stops short of indulging its characters' striving solipsism."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"A sour, nasty offering."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A smart and creative comedy that skewers cheaply dehumanizing architecture and self-absorbed yuppie mentalities in a series of skillfully assembled scenes."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Quirky, original, and often very funny."
‑ Steve Simels, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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