Chairman of the Board (film)
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|Chairman of the Board|
North American Movie Poster
|Directed by||Alex Zamm|
|Produced by||Rupert Harvey|
Peter M. Lenkov
|Screenplay by||Al Septien|
|Story by||Al Septien|
|Music by||Chris Hajian|
|Edited by||Jimmy Hill|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures|
|March 13, 1998|
Chairman of the Board is a 1998 comedy film directed by Alex Zamm, starring Courtney Thorne-Smith and Carrot Top. In the film, a surfer and inventor named Edison inherits and runs a billionaire's company. It was poorly received by both critics and audiences. Both Carrot Top and Raquel Welch received Razzie nominations for the 1999 Golden Raspberry Award for their roles in the film.
Edison (Carrot Top) is a poor, failed inventor and surf bum who's spent his rent money on another unsuccessful invention. After failing to make money at a variety of jobs, Edison soon runs into a wealthy business magnate Armand McMillan (Jack Warden) whose car has broken down on the side of the road. After Edison uses his inventions to assist Armand, the old man becomes impressed with his ingenuity, and the two go surfing together and quickly become friends. When Armand passes away shortly thereafter, he leaves Edison the vast majority of shares (45%) in his large invention corporation, and leaves Bradford (Larry Miller), his jealous nephew and only living relative, a surfboard as his only inheritance. Bradford attempts to derail Edison's success by stealing his formula for glow in the dark, which does not exist in the world of the film. Bradford shares 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 that radiation causes sickness and death, but not a literal glowing, the company is saved, Bradford is arrested, and Grace Kosik makes a deal with the company to testify against Bradford. In the end, Edison appoints his girlfriend Natalie Stockwell (Courtney Thorne-Smith) to run the company.
- Carrot Top – Edison
- Courtney Thorne-Smith – Natalie Stockwell
- Larry Miller – Bradford McMillan
- Raquel Welch – Grace Kosik
- Mystro Clark – Ty
- Jack Plotnick – Zak
- Jack Warden – Armand McMillan
- Estelle Harris – Ms. Krubavitch
- Bill Erwin – Landers
- M. Emmet Walsh – Freemont
- Jack McGee – Harlan Granger
- Glenn Shadix – Larry
- Fred Stoller – Toby, McMillan Gate Guard
- Taylor Negron – Mr Withermeyer
- Jack Riley – Condom Boss
- Rance Howard – Rev. Hatley
- Mark Kriski – Newscaster
- Cindy Margolis – Tennis Instructor
- Butterbean – Museum Security Guard
- Little Richard – Himself
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 frequently interrupted Thorne-Smith's attempt to promote the movie with jokes about Carrot Top and the movie failing at the box office. Macdonald even went so far as to say that the film's title should be "Box Office Poison", and joked that the title is spelled "B.O.R.E.D". This led 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.
David Kronke of the Los Angeles Times referred to the film as "a standard-issue rags-to-riches plot, enlivened by only by a tchotchke-heavy production design that might engage those entranced by bright, shiny objects", and compared the film to "Good Burger, but with French tickler jokes."
|Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst New Star||Carrot Top||Nominated|
|Worst Supporting Actress||Raquel Welch||Nominated|
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