Video Review

A Shock to the System

MPAA Rating: R

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern and Peter Riegert

Jan Egleson's black comedy, A Shock to the System, is a satire of greed and power that's also one of the most enticingly intimate portraits of American corporate life ever put on screen. Michael Caine's performance as a vengeful New York advertising executive inspires incredible empathy, even as it draws you into deeper and deeper levels of amoral glee. Peter Riegert plays Caine's loathsome antagonist. A

Originally posted Sep 21, 1990 Published in issue #32 Sep 21, 1990 Order article reprints