Clockwatchers movie poster
|Directed by||Jill Sprecher|
|Produced by||Gina Resnick
|Written by||Jill Sprecher
|Music by||Joseph L. Altruda
|Edited by||Stephen Mirrione|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Clockwatchers is an American comedy-drama film released in 1997. Directed by Jill Sprecher, it stars Parker Posey, Lisa Kudrow, Toni Collette and Alanna Ubach as temporary office staffers in an office complex. The four become misfit friends in an office environment where they are ignored and mistrusted by their co-workers.
Iris (Collette) is a subservient young professional who doesn't want to rock the boat at the office where she temps. Margaret (Posey) is the polar opposite, and serves as a catalyst to help Iris become more assertive. Paula (Kudrow) eagerly awaits post-work happy hours and the chance to form relationships with the company's executives. Jane (Ubach) is engaged to marry a jerk who is already cheating on her. Margaret hopes to become a permanent employee as an assistant to Mr. Lasky (Bob Balaban) but her dreams are thwarted when he suddenly dies.
A series of thefts occur in the office and suspicion falls on the temps, particularly Margaret. When Iris finds a plastic monkey inside Margaret's desk that she had thought was stolen, Iris loses faith in Margaret and believes that she is the thief. Margaret suggests a one-day strike from work and her friends halfheartedly agree to join her, but on the appointed day Margaret is the only one who does not come to work. As a result, the company's officious head of human resources (Debra Jo Rupp) fires Margaret, and management micromanages the remaining three temps. Iris, Paula and Jane's friendship comes to an end as result of the stress, and eventually they all go their separate ways. Paula is upset when she learns of Jane's wedding from a newspaper article, and leaves to work in another department.
It is later discovered that another employee (a rich girl who was hired as a permanent employee after her first day) was the thief and that Margaret simply had an identical toy in her desk. Iris confronts the thief when her diary disappears; Iris later receives a new diary and note of apology.
When Iris is not hired for a permanent job she really wanted, she quits the temp pool. A senior executive agrees to sign a letter of recommendation for Iris. Iris takes advantage of the fact that executives rarely learn the temps names, and she tells the executive that her name is Margaret. Iris then mails the letter of recommendation to Margaret with a note of farewell.