The Boss of It All

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Jens Albinus; Author: Lars von Trier; Runtime (in minutes): 100; MPAA Rating: Unrated

Even when he isn’t being the dogmatic scold of the Dogville trilogy, Lars von Trier fashions his cinematic pranks like daggers. In The Boss of It All, though, the blade could use some sharpening. An executive (Peter Gantzler) hires an actor (Jens Albinus) to impersonate his company’s (nonexistent) Mr. Big. The actor’s inept performance is not only believed — it purges the company’s sins. This satire of empty-suit capitalism has scalding moments, but most of it suggests Being There meets The Office gibberized into theater of the absurd. B-

Originally posted May 23 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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