Rick
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Rick

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Product Description Rick is the sort of guy you probably once really liked: a devoted husband and a loving father, he lives in a lavish Park Avenue apartment paid for by a high powered corporate job. He has a sharp sense of humor and enjoys a cold, well-prepared martini but the world's gone wrong for Rick. His wife is dead. His teenage daughter Eve is distant as she approaches womanhood. His job gets more and more degrading with each passing day. His young boss Duke is an aggressive punk who forces Rick literally to his knees and spends his time talking dirty in Internet chat rooms, while Rick has to do the dirty work. And it seems you can't even have a martini in this town without getting a curse from an enemy or sinister proposal from an old friend. No wonder his sense of humor is getting a little nasty. Amazon.com Rick is a rare feature that makes intelligent and exciting use of audience bewilderment. From its opening scenes, this quirky update of Verdi's Rigoletto thrusts viewers into a bizarre corporate culture in which mean-spiritedness, adolescent high jinks, and general dimwittedness are the norm, but there is no explanation as to why. Yet it's impossible to turn away from the madness and decadence of scenes in which Bill Pullman's middle-aged executive, Rick, engages in monstrous behavior toward subordinates or exchanges in fraternal obscenities with his young, clueless boss, Duke (Aaron Stanford), who is routinely enjoying anonymous, online sex with Rick's daughter, Eve (Agnes Bruckner). Screenwriter Daniel Handler, better known to the world as author , and director Curtiss Clayton slowly introduce enough background to unlock the central tragedy in this tale, and lead everyone to a shared, startling destiny. Cinematographer Lisa Rinzler ( Pollock) sets everything against a fantastic cityscape and voyeuristic hell. --Tom Keogh