Picks and Pans Review: Head Office

updated 01/20/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/20/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

Eventually it is pounded into submission by its own cartoonish heavyhandedness, but this anti-big-business satire scores some points. That's partly due to its sheer savagery: "Are you executive material?" one character asks another. "Do you mean, can I play hard ball?" "No, I mean, can you kiss ass?" There are also some winning performances. In an age of smirky, self-congratulating comic actors, Judge (Beverly Hills Cop) Reinhold lays way back as a shiftless son of a U.S. Senator who goes to work for a multinational conglomerate. While Reinhold demonstrates a Jimmy Stewart-like good-hearted nïaveté, Jane (TV's The Sun Also Rises) Seymour does a nicely smarmy turn as a woman executive who's sleeping her way to the top as fast as she can get her clothes off and on. There are nice bits by Danny De Vito, SCTV's Rick Moranis, and Don Novello as a chauffeur who tries to lure women into his limo by offering to play them a Julio Iglesias tape. Newcomer Lori-Nan Engler provides an appealing fresh young face for Reinhold to fall in love with. Writer-director Ken (Airplane II) Finkleman, a Canadian, takes his whacks at such bits of business as closing plants in a one-company town and high-stakes lobbying in Washington. While he has made his point long before the slapdash ending and gets a little preachy, he's funny enough to redden faces in board rooms all over the country. (PG-13)

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