TV Show Reviews
"Price Check" review by Suzanne
Opens November 16th in theaters
I really enjoyed this movie. It's an independent film
starring Eric Mabius ("Ugly Betty") and Parker Posey
("Louie" and "The Good Wife") as well as Annie Parisse ("Law
and Order"), and Edward Hermann ("Gilmore Girls", "The Good
Wife"). Mabius plays Pete, who works in the pricing
department for a grocery store chain (in a fairly boring but
easy job). Posey plays Susan, who comes in as his new boss
and tries to shake things up. Parisse is Pete's wife, Sara.
Hermann ably plays the big boss.
Normally we only do TV show reviews or DVD reviews, but
this movie has a lot of TV stars in it, so we were happy to
get the movie in advance in order to review it. It's a
comedy, but it's not one of those where you're laughing
every moment. It has plenty of laughs, but it also makes you
uncomfortable and drags you into the story.
Most of the movie is seen from Pete's point of view, but
Parker Posey is the focus of the movie, and she does an
amazing job - steals the show. Susan is described as a
"ball-buster" and a "bitch", among other things, but she
also seems just a little crazy. Some aspects of Susan will
be familiar to anyone who has worked in business, I'm sure.
In fact, I used to work for Pathmark, a super market, and I
had a boss who was similar to Susan. We all hated and feared
her, but we also admired her, as well as thought she was a
From the beginning, Susan sweeps Pete, and us, off our
feet. She makes Pete feel more alive in his job and gets him
motivated, and she gives him a big raise. She makes friends
with his wife, but it's pretty clear from the beginning that
there is also an undertone of sexual attraction. The
director does a great job of playing it very subtly, but
even so, we can tell that, at some point, she and Pete will
probably be either killing each other, or having sex.
Or both! If you loved Posey's character in "Louie",
you will love her in this movie because she's a similar type
of movie.However, this movie is not predictable, and it will keep
you off-balance, just like Susan does Pete, and everyone
The ending is a bit bland, but there were only so many
places it could go. My only complaint about the movie is
that it seems to be the male view of the world, or at least
of women. I can't imagine this one scene in the movie, where
Posey throws a tantrum, would ever actually happen. Also,
Sara acts in a certain way that seems to be kind of sexist
(I don't want to go into too much detail and give away
crucial plot points).
Check it out!
IFC FILMS PRESENTS
A Comedy With Value
Starring: Parker Posey, Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty), Annie Parisse, Josh
Pais & Cheyenne Jackson
OPENS IN SELECT CITIES NOVEMBER 16th
Starting Today October 10th, Available to View on VOD, iTunes,
Now, XBOX, Playstation, Amazon, Google Play and YouTube
"Price Check" is a comedy about the high price of a middle-class
Pete Cozy has found himself a house in the suburbs and a job in the
pricing department of a middling supermarket chain. Pete's job
to spend quality time with his wife and young son and, despite the
that they are drowning in debts, they appear happy.
Everything changes when Pete gets a new boss, the beautiful,
fast talking Susan Felders. With Susan's influence, Pete finds
the executive track, something that both surprises and excites him.
more his salary increases, the more he has to perform at work... and
less time he gets to spend with his family. At the same time, his
relationship with his boss begins to cross the line of professional
etiquette. Both become enamored with one another - creating tension
workplace and in his personal home life.
Written and Directed by Michael Walker
Produced by Dolly Hall
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