As Loverboy said, we’re all working for the weekend. Unfortunately, today is Thursday. It’s not even Friday, which is practically an honorary weekend day. Luckily IFC is here to help wile away the hours until Saturday night (when you can stay in and watch ‘Inglorious Basterds‘). Luckily IFC has some movies that will make you love spending time in the office.
While being stuck in your cubicle may fill you with an overwhelming sense of ennui, spend enough time at Don’s junk shop and you’ll be loving your office job. Or, at least, loving the fact that you are not in a pawn shop filled with loquacious and plotting strivers who may or may not steal your brown bag lunch out of the office fridge.
Based on the play by David Mamet, “American Buffalo” revolves around the action–and inaction–of a group of men in a so-called antique store after Don (played by David Franz) sells a buffalo-head nickel for much less than it is worth. Don hatches a plan where he and his young would-be accomplice, Bobby (Sean Nelson), will steal the coin back …and maybe the clean the guy out while they are at it. Teach, a seedy schemer played by Dustin Hoffman, hangs around the store engaged in endless conversation and scheming. He wants in on the robbery, but Don isn’t sure it is a good idea. The movie is not a pretty look at the underbelly of American free enterprise, but it will make you happy to hang around the water cooler and kick the photocopier.
If “American Buffalo” doesn’t make you content in your office job, try “Trojan Eddie”. The story follows Stephen Rea as Eddie, a low-level Irish criminal turned peddler, on an unpleasant task from the local boss (Richard Harris). In their community of sad sack businessmen and petty thieves, treachery and ruthless self-interest rule the day and Eddie soon realizes he just may be ready to say goodbye to his dark lifestyle for good. The silver lining of the film is that it will make you oh-so happy to sit at your cubicle, still working for the weekend.
American Buffalo airs at 4:35 p.m. and Trojan Eddie is on at 6:05 p.m.