Image A- Sound B
starring Timothy Hutton, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dwight Schultz, Oliver Platt
screenplay by Kevin Falls
directed by Tom Holland
by Walter Chaw The Temp borders on brilliant. A thriller from director Tom Holland, he of the "better than they ought to be" Fright Night and Child's Play, the picture plays with corporate and gender politics in a fashion similar to the first half of Mike Nichols's Wolf. Similarly, neither can The Temp hold its centre through to the end, resorting to cheap genre tactics and fright gags where a more faithful treatment of its workplace-paranoia would far better serve the rapier instincts and execution of the rest of the piece.