Rated: R For violence. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: February 12, 1993 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Now that everyone from nannies to roommates have been given a bad rap, it's time to malign office temps.
Timothy Hutton stars as a marketing manager for a large pastry corporation, who's trying to deal with his personal problems. He just finished treatment for paranoia and jealousy which caused his marriage to break up and he's learning to stay calm at his very stressful job.
He's making food progress until he hires Kris, a beautiful office temp to take over for two weeks. Kris (Lara Flynn Boyle) has some great office skills; she rearranges her boss' computer and filing system and comes up with new packaging for a cookie product, which gets her noticed by the big boss, Faye Dunaway.
Kris also has her bothersome points, like listening in on her boss' phone calls to his therapist, using his charge accounts and trying to sabotage a reconciliation with his wife, all for her own gain - romantic and professional.
While Hutton is trying to figure out the reason behind his troubles, a couple of executives met with unfortunate accidents, allowing Kris to work her way up the corporate ladder with lightning speed.
It's good to see Dunaway again, she looks great and Hutton exudes nervous energy which makes him perfect for this role. Boyle looks sweet and innocent, which makes her an effective adversary.
The Temp is a psychological thriller without sex, nudity and very little graphic violence, and with performances good enough to make you want to check out the people you work with a little more closely.