Posted on 13 April 2009.
Movies about stalkers are usually thrillers that first involve a romance that leads to deception or murder. Some notable ones would be Fatal Attraction, Swimfan and the forthcoming Obsessed. One area that hasn’t been explored too much is the stalker film with comedic elements. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is There’s Something About Mary. That film featured several stalkers all trying to get to Mary (Cameron Diaz). It could have been alternately titled It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Mary. I never thought a movie about stalkers could be so funny and it’s why I have a slight interest in seeing Management.
"Whoa! Whoa! The point of bumpers cars is to not bump. The bumpers are just there in case something happens. Like insurance."
Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) plays another character with stalker qualities, but has good intentions. He is Matthew Cranshaw, an employee who works at a roadside motel owned by his parents in Arizona. When Sue Clausen (Jennifer Aniston, Marley and Me), a traveling saleswoman selling art, checks in, Matthew is instantly captivated. He visits her room with a bottle of champagne, saying it is compliments from management. They start to talk and Matthew ends up asking Sue if he can touch her butt. Sue, realizing Matthew wants her, agrees to let him. At this point, I’m not really sure what happens between these two because the trailer blacks out with Matthew commenting that Sue’s butt is “very warm.” With stupid situations and unfunny lines like these, I may change my mind about seeing this. After seeing each other that night (whatever the hell they did), Matthew begins his stalker ways by visiting her at work. Sue, perplexed by his presence and well aware of his intentions, begins to hang out with him anyway. Matthew, completely in love with Sue, is crushed when he hears she moved to Washington D.C. without telling him. When his sick mom (Margo Martindale, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) tells Matthew he needs to find something in life that makes him happy, he decides to take a cross-country trip to Washington to win Sue’s heart. When he arrives, he discovers Sue has been seeing her ambitious ex-boyfriend Jango (Woody Harrelson, No Country For Old Men). With help from his buddy (James Hiroyuki Liao, “Prison Break”), Matthew goes to any lengths to be with Sue, like playing a keyboard outside her window at night and parachuting into a pool while she is poolside. Sue, at the same time, must figure out what she wants out of life. Is it a stalker?
"To butt touching."
Management was written and directed by Stephen Belber, who makes his directorial debut and has mainly written for television (“Rescue Me”) to this point.
Management seems like a decent romantic comedy and I think the stalking element will be amusing. Let’s hope it doesn’t go overboard with the stupid butt touching jokes, though. “Your butt is round.” Ha. “Your butt is soft.” Haha. “Your butt has more than one cheek.” Hahaha. Yeah, we don’t need that.
Management opens May 15th.