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|Directed by||Patrick Brice|
|Written by||Sam Bain|
|Music by||Michael Yezerski|
|Edited by||Chris Donlon|
|Distributed by||Screen Media Films|
Corporate Animals is a 2019 American comedy horror film directed by Patrick Brice and written by Sam Bain. It stars Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Martha Kelly, Dan Bakkedahl, Calum Worthy, Jennifer Kim, Nasim Pedrad, Ed Helms, and Demi Moore.
Lucy (Moore) is the egotistical CEO of Incredible Edibles, America's premiere provider of edible cutlery. In her infinite wisdom, Lucy leads her staff, including her long-suffering assistants, Freddie (Karan Soni) and Jess (Jessica Williams), on a corporate team-building caving weekend to New Mexico. When disaster strikes, not even their useless guide Brandon (Helms) can save them. Trapped underground by a cave-in, the mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together to survive amid sexual tension, startling business revelations, and casual cannibalism.
- Demi Moore as Lucy Vanderton
- Ed Helms as Brandon
- Jessica Williams as Jess
- Karan Soni as Freddie
- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Derek
- Calum Worthy as Aidan
- Dan Bakkedahl as Billy
- Martha Kelly as Gloria
- Nasim Pedrad as Suzy
- Britney Spears as Ghost of herself (voice)
- Jennifer Kim as May
- Wendy Meredith as Victoria
- Courtney Cunningham as Olivia
- LynNita Ellis as a Reporter
- Frank Bond as Ian
In May 2018, Sharon Stone, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, were announced to be cast in the film, with Patrick Brice directing from a screenplay by Sam Bain. Keith Calder, Jessica Calder, Mike Falbo and Helms will produce the film, under their Snoot Entertainment and Pacific Electric banners, respectively. In June 2018, Demi Moore joined the cast of the film, replacing Stone, alongside Karan Soni, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Calum Worthy, Dan Bakkedahl, Martha Kelly, Jennifer Kim and Nasim Pedrad joined the cast of the film.
It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 29, 2019. Shortly after, Screen Media Films acquired distribution rights to the film. It was released on September 20, 2019.
Corporate Animals holds a 25% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 51 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.01/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Corporate culture may seem like easy pickings for satire, but the middling Corporate Animals proves even the broadest targets can be missed." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 31 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
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