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June 27, 2007

"Can you tell me what you'd call a man who's stupid enough to piss off a maniac with a loaded gun?"

"I'd call him a maniac with his own loaded gun." Blam! Blam! Blam! Blam! Blam!

All by itself, that exchange between two nebbishy office workers was enough to put "He Was a Quiet Man" on our list of must-see movies.

To be honest, we don't know all that much about it. We've seen a couple of trailers, visited the film's multiple websites (including the mandatory MySpace site), and read a review. Here's what we know (or think we know).

The film stars Christian Slater, Elisha Cuthbert, and the ubiquitous William H. Macy. A synopsis on one of the film's websites reads as follows:

"Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is about to have a bad day. Another 8 hours of sitting in a dull grey cubicle, ignored by his co-workers, existing in a world where he feels completely out of sync. On this particularly bad day, Bob crosses the line from potential killer to inadvertent hero and in the process saves Vanessa's (Elisha Cuthbert) life. This invisible nobody saves the object of his desire only to have her ask him to end her life."

To flesh that out some more, it seems that Slater (who makes a very convincing nerd) is just about to "go postal" when he is beaten to the punch (or bloodbath) by an equally disgruntled co-worker. Instead of shooting random office mates, Slater kills the shooter. Instead of being loathed as a murderer, he is hailed as a hero and promoted to an executive position. Between the blood and the gore, the film appears to feature some dialog and characters reminiscent of TV's The Office.

And speaking of The Office, we stumbled across an intriguing YouTube clip (not during work hours, boss) with time-lapse footage of someone creating a portrait of the character Dwight, with a soundtrack of some of Dwight's classic lines from the show, such as:

  • "Do you ever watch 'Battlestar Galactica?' No? Then you're an idiot."
  • "Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, 'Would an idiot do that?' and if they would, I do not do that thing."
  • "In the wild, there is no health care. In the wild, health care is 'Ow. I hurt my leg. I can't run. A lion eats me, and I'm dead.' Well, I'm not dead. I'm the lion. You're dead."

    Sources: Film website (1), Film website (2), Film MySpace site, YouTube

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