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Fired! (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary, Comedy | 2 February 2007 (USA)
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Annabelle Gurwitch's first-person take on getting the axe.

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Credited cast:
Stephen Adly Guirgis ... Himself
Tim Allen ... Himself
Andy Borowitz ... Himself
W. Bruce Cameron ... Himself
David Cross ... Himself
Andy Dick ... Himself
Tate Donovan ... Himself
Illeana Douglas ... Herself
Jeff Garlin ... Himself
Judy Gold ... Herself
Annabelle Gurwitch ... Herself
Jeff Kahn ... Himself
Richard Kind ... Himself
Anne Meara ... Herself
Bob Odenkirk ... Himself
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When actress Annabelle Gurwitch was fired from a play by Woody Allen, she wondered how she would cope with being downsized by a cultural icon. Turning to friends in show business, she was assured she was not alone. Everyone she knew, from her rabbi to her gynecologist, had their own account of getting the boot. Featuring interviews with comedians, economists and regular working folks, and drawing on her hugely popular book, Fired! is a humorous look at downsizing in America. Written by Anonymous

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Getting Fired By Woody Allen Was Just The Beginning


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Unrated

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USA

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English

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lansing, Michigan, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,158, 4 February 2007

Gross USA:

$5,661

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,661
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A one-trick pony
1 December 2007 | by groggoSee all my reviews

Annabelle Gurwitch has a certain amount of sadsack charm, but that's not enough to carry an entire film that is mostly about comedians and other performers who regale us with their ever-so-funny experiences about getting fired.

This is a one-trick pony of a film that somehow pretends to have much deeper import -- i.e. 'downsizing in America,' which is a truly devastating problem affecting many millions of people in the U.S. and other Western countries. It's isn't light-hearted hilarity to be driven to the sidelines of society, perhaps never to return.

I think Gurwitch means well, but I kept wondering how many of the stories in this film were actual or imagined. Call me cynical (which I am, of course), but performers are trained (and paid) to be 'on,' to pretend they're someone else.

There's too much 'padding' in this film. The segments with the truly irritating Andy Dick, as just one example, should have been excised or at least shortened. Somebody, somewhere, once told Dick that he was funny and, alas, he took it seriously. And I've never seen Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin and Harry Shearer so UNfunny. How is that possible?

Nice try anyway.


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