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The Boss of It All (2007) 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… 2007-05-23 Unrated PT100M Comedy Jens Albinus IFC Films
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The Boss of It All (2007)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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'ACTING' CEO Albinus (pictured with Sofie Grabol) is a struggling thespian hired to portray ''the boss'' — and ends up raising corporate performance — in…
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'ACTING' CEO Albinus (pictured with Sofie Grabol) is a struggling thespian hired to portray ''the boss'' — and ends up raising corporate performance — in von Trier's mostly toothless satire

Details Limited Release: May 23, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Jens Albinus; Distributor: IFC Films

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 22, 2007 Published in issue #936 Jun 01, 2007 Order article reprints