My Boss's Daughter
review by Zach B.
Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher) works as a researcher for a Chicago publishing house, and he longs for Lisa (Tara Reid), the daughter of his cruel boss (Terence Stamp). Tom accepts an invite to his house, but as it turns out, Tom is asked to housesit. Still, he sees all of this as the perfect opportunity to get closer to Lisa. But of course, everything is bound to go wrong when a variety of eccentric people linked to his boss come over to the house - bringing their problems with them. Will Tom be able to survive the night, win Lisa and hopefully not put anything in too much danger?
Fun Fact: This film was shelved for two years before it was released in theaters.
"My Boss's Daughter" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it looks pretty great. Despite some slight edge enhancement, blemishes, dirt pieces and edge halos, everything else is rather nice. Black levels are solid, fleshtones look pretty wonderful and detail is well done. Colors are well saturated too - they look right, and don't bleed nor seem underwhelming. The image remains sharp throughout. Despite what you may think about this movie, this is a very solid transfer.
The English Dolby Digital 5.1 track was a lot better than I was anticipating. Dialogue sounds very clear, and the music - be it the songs and Teddy Castellucci's pleasant but very predictable score - work through the speakers very nicely. There are some nice subwoofer effects, but what makes this a rather strong 5.1 track are the natural-sounding surrounds. There is fine imaging, and there is some decent power in the surrounds - owls, cars pulling away (and crashing), the opening train ride and a lot more. Things get pretty crazy as the film goes on given the crazy cast of characters - and the track keeps up with that rather well, just as it should. And in case you want to listen to this movie in French, a French 5.1 Dolby Digital track is provided plus English closed captions, Spanish subtitles and English subtitles.
Not that any of you saw this movie in the theaters in the first place, but this R-Rated Edition has four more minutes of Kutcher-goodness! (Okay, maybe it's not really that good). Knock yourselves out!
As far as the extras, there's a six-minute, fourteen-second Tara Reid Audition with Ashton Kutcher that is kinda fun to watch. Even better are the five minutes of Outtakes - hell, it may be funnier than the movie!
Wrapping things up is the very standard four minute Making-Of Featurette with your usual behind-the-scenes footage and fluffy interviews which I don't think really sells the movie so well (oh Ashton, look how young you look!) and an Easter Egg that is quite easy to get to. A somewhat lengthy text introduction explains that director David Zucker wanted one extra day of shooting after the film was shown to test audiences - you know, that INCREDIBLY integral scene between the living room and airport. So Zucker and associate producer Phil Dornfield filmed a rough version of the scene on video, but Terence Stamp couldn't make it to Zucker's house (where they were shooting). But with some creative editing and access to Stamp at a hotel, they were able to prove to Dimension why to pour more money into a bomb - and viola - here's the three minutes that convinced them.
"My Boss's Daughter" may not be a good movie at all, but the DVD delivers with its 5.1 track and anamorphic widescreen transfer. The extras are a bit sparse, so if you feel the need to own this movie (all three of you), here you are - and you get four extra minutes put back in to boot!
Retail Price: $`29.99
Features: Making-Of Featurette, Tara Reid Audition, Outtakes, Easter Egg
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (16 Scenes)
Released: February 3rd, 2004
MPAA Rating: R (For Crude Humor, Sexual Content and Language)
Running Time: 90 minutes
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Jeffrey Tambor, Andy Richter with Terence Stamp and Molly Shannon
Written by: David Dorfman
Directed by: David Zucker