Temp, The
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -3

Peter Derns (Timothy Hutton) has just been cured of his delusions of paranoia. At least that is what he thinks until Kris Bolin (Lara Flynn Boyle) comes along. Peter works at a large processed foods corporation. When his regular secretary has to leave right before a big deadline, he hires a temporary replacement, Kris Bolin. Kris seems too good to be true and quickly turns his sloppy office into an efficient work place. But Peter soon discovers that Kris will do anything to move ahead in the company. When Peter's regular secretary returns, his hand is cut off in a freak accident. One by one, various members of the company meet their end and Kris is quickly promoted from secretary to an equal manager with Peter. How far will Kris go to get to the top and to get Peter, whom she has fallen in love with? Only Kris knows for sure and Peter has a hard time convincing his friends about her with his history of paranoia. As it turns out, this movie is more laughable than it is thrilling. Its few suspenseful moments do not go very far with such a weak plot. In all probability, the run of this movie at the theatres will resemble its title.

The violence in THE TEMP is overdone. When Peter's secretary gets his hand accidently sliced up in a shredder, the scene lasts about 5 minutes and blood splatters into his face as his fingers are shown in ribbons. In another scene, when an old lady eats a tampered-with cookie, her gums start to bleed profusely. Another lady falls three stories to her death and we see her hit the ground. A man is also apparently strangled by Kris, although we never find out how. The language is violent also with the f-word appearing 10 times and the s-word 10 times. Profanity is used a total of 17 times. Sexually suggestive comments and several references to homosexual conduct are mentioned. In one particularly offensive scene, Kris is seen nude from a side view engaging in self-gratification. For its gratuitous violence, obscenities, profanity and sexual situations, we suggest you permanently steer away from THE TEMP.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Distributor: Paramount Communications, Inc., 15 Columbia Circle, NY, NY 10023

Crude Language: Many (12) times - Mild (6) and Moderate (6)
Obscene Language: Many (22) times (f-word 10 times, s-word 10 times, 2 others).
Profanity: Many times - Exclamatory (1); Regular (16)
Violence: Several times - Moderate (hand caught in shredder, woman's mouth cut, woman killed in fall, man strangled, beaten and kicked)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Side view of nude woman
Homosexual Conduct: None, but two references to it
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times (references to intercourse)
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
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