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Price Check

Price Check
Starring:
Parker Possey, Pete Cozy and Annie Parisse


Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: December 28 2012 Released by: IFC Films

This new indie corporate-based adult-minded comedy may click to a degree with followers of TV's The Office and films like Office Space but is a bit too spacey and insider-friendly to check into theatrical venues for any extended stay.
 
That's not to say that Price Check, directed by Michael Walker, doesn't have any comic impudence as Parker Posey's Long Island relocated from Los Angeles boss, Sue, demonstrates.
 
Sue is given the task from her firm to shape up a sagging Long Island supermarket/WalMart-ish chain, but has ulterior motives as she eyes a stagnant family man in Pete Cozy (Eric Mabius of TV's Ugly Betty and Resident Evil: Retribution) who has a loving wife (Annie Parisse) and a PR music-related past.
 
While there are some diverting, acerbic moments around the cubicles and water-coolers, it's more "yucky and pale" than the more recent Horrible Bosses, especially in the way a dry, understated Mabius contrasts with a more pungent Posey who has had less success in studio films (The Eye, Scream 3) than indies (Party Girl, The House of Yes).
 
If Price Check goes down the aisle with the customary itemization in easy if rambling fashion, even with a peppy Posey it hardly maximizes rather than crunching an initially ingratiating atmosphere. One that struggles to embrace its chattering, shop vantage point with more cynical, ironic edginess into the kind of engaging whole that wouldn't have required its angling antagonist to do more than her share of heavy lifting.

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