Chairman of the Board (film)

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Chairman of the Board
Directed by Alex Zamm
Produced by Rupert Harvey
Peter M. Lenkov
Screenplay by Al Septien
Turi Meyer
Alex Zamm
Story by Al Septien
Turi Meyer
Starring Carrot Top
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Larry Miller
Raquel Welch
Music by Chris Hajian
Cinematography David Lewis
Edited by Jimmy Hill
Distributed by Trimark Pictures
Release date(s) March 13, 1998
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $181,233

Chairman of the Board is a 1998 comedy film starring Courtney Thorne-Smith and Carrot Top in which a surfer/inventor (Carrot Top) inherits and runs a billionaire's company. It was poorly received by both critics and audiences.

Plot[edit]

Edison (Carrot Top) is a poor, failed inventor and surf bum, but soon runs into and befriends wealthy business magnate Armand McMillan (Jack Warden). When Armand passes away shortly thereafter, he leaves Edison the majority of shares in his large invention corporation, and leaves his jealous nephew, his only living relative, Bradford (Larry Miller) only a surfboard. Bradford attempts to derail Edison's success by stealing his formula for glow in the dark, which had not previously existed in the reality of this movie, and sharing it with a consumer who covers himself in it and alleges that Edison's prize invention—a portable TV/TV dinner combo—leaks radiation. When Edison reveals to all that radiation causes sickness and death—but not a literal glowing—and that he had invented the formula for glow in the dark, the company is saved and Edison appoints beau Natalie Stockwell (Courtney Thorne-Smith) to run the company.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Chairman of the Board has received negative reviews, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 13%.

During a promotional appearance for the film on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Thorne-Smith was the second guest after comedian Norm Macdonald, who remained on the couch for Thorne-Smith's segment. During the segment, following O'Brien's jesting about Thorne-Smith and Carrot Top having make-out scenes, Macdonald offered the retort "Is it called 9½ Seconds? Cuz he's premature ejaculating?" in reference to the film 9½ Weeks which Thorne-Smith had mentioned. Upon O'Brien's asking Thorne-Smith the title of the film, Macdonald interrupted by suggesting that a movie featuring Carrot Top ought to be called "Box Office Poison". When Thorne-Smith revealed the film's actual title, Chairman of the Board, O'Brien goaded Macdonald to "do something with that, you freak". After a moment, Macdonald responded "I bet that 'Board' is spelled B-O-R-E-D", much to the apparent surprise and amusement of O'Brien, the audience and even Thorne-Smith. This interview was selected as a top moment from Late Night in several compilation episodes and specials, and continues to be distributed today via outlets such as YouTube.

Comedian and former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Michael J. Nelson named the film the fifth worst comedy ever made.[1] It currently sits in the bottom 100 worst reviewed movies on IMDb.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst New Star Carrot Top Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Raquel Welch Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Michael J. "Inoperable Humor: The 5 Worst Comedies of All Time". Cracked. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  2. ^ "IMDb Charts: IMDb Bottom 100". Retrieved March 14, 2012. 

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