The Strip -- Film Review

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Forget cult classics like "Office Space" or TV hits like "The Office." "The Strip," Jameel Khan's new comedy about the misbegotten employees of a low-rent electronics store at a suburban strip mall, doesn't even compare in quality to the endless similarly themed sitcoms that regularly populate the airwaves. Opening Friday in various cities, the film likely is to be dispossessed quickly.

The sole recognizable performer is Dave Foley, who does what he can to bring life to the film in his tired role of Glenn, the store manager trapped in a dead-end job and a floundering marriage. Glenn briefly sparks to life when he starts flirting with an attractive store owner next door, but his attentions are not even noticed let alone returned.

Otherwise, the film concentrates on the various workers -- a gallery of stock types including an aspiring actor; an Indian man nervously preparing for his arranged marriage; the store owner's son, who is unwittingly being groomed to be his boss' replacement, etc.

The virtually plotless proceedings basically consist of a series of unfunny anecdotes revolving around the employee's lackluster sales efforts, at-work horseplay and after-hours romantic complications, none of which make any comedic impact.

Opened: Friday, Dec. 4 (Truly Indie)
Production: Bata Films
Cast: Dave Foley, Noureen DeWulf, Billy Aaron Brown, Frederico Dordei, Jenny Wade, Cory Christmas, Chelcie Ross, Gail Rastorfer, Amy Stock Poynton, Tenique Mathieu
Director/screenwriter/producer: Jameel Khan
Executive producer: Jay Khan
Director of photography: Pete Biag
Editor: Peck Prior
Production designer: Merje Veski
Costume designer: Emma Potter
Music: John Swihart
Rated PG-13, 91 minutes
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