What if people at work knew what you were really thinking?
Kids often are taught that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. It’s a good lesson for adults too. Making it in today’s workplace unfortunately means just keeping your mouth shut much of the time. Sharing what you really think about the politics and people around you could easily result in career suicide.
But, what if it turned out to be good for your health to say what you really think about your idiotic boss and the co-worker you’ve been fantasizing about when you’re not too busy checking your social media accounts in your cubicle?
James Barron’s film, Narrator, offers up a hilarious scenario of what could unfold if an employee turns his workplace into a stage to broadcast suppressed feelings about his job and colleagues. Returning to work following a prolonged medical leave due to emotional distress, Dave is accompanied by a Narrator—a doctor-prescribed inner voice who narrates what Dave is truly thinking as he trudges through his work day.
MR. GREENWALD, 50’s, Dave’s uptight and passive aggressive
boss, marches over to his desk.
Could I have a word?
Mr. Greenwald glances warily towards the narrator standing a
few feet away.
As his boss continued to drone on, Dave
became increasingly bored. He started to
imagine how it would feel to take his keyboard and smash
it over this tiny, smug man’s face.
Mr. Greenwald blanches. Dave also looks mortified by the overwhelming
truthfulness of his narrator.
The narration of Dave’s feelings is side-splittingly funny. Simultaneously taking shots at pop psychology and office politics and with an acute sense of the absurdity of contemporary workplaces comparable to Dilbert and The Office, Barron has taken workplace woes to a whole new level in a truly novel and entertaining way. The effect is just what the doctor ordered.
Budget: Low to moderate. Scenes include an office.
About the Reviewer: Julia Cottle is a cultural anthropologist living in Chicago. She has worked for years as a university instructor and researcher for organizations committed to social justice. She always has loved to write, but only recently has begun to work on screenplays. She can be reached at: Cottle54321“AT”Gmail.
About the writer: Newly discovered by STS (but already treasured), James can be reached at jbarron021 “AT” gmail
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