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Once again doing movie reviews this year and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.
Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.
Also SPOILER WARNING.
For my E movie I jumped back in time to a decade ago to Employee of the Month (man, Jessica Simpson looks different…happier…the start of the post-Nick Lachey days).
Overall it was an all right movie. However much longer than it should have been, and also extremely childish considering the age of these grown men.
Sorry. Maybe I lack a humor bone… Let’s get to chopping though!
Triggering event: this employee-of-the-month contest is going to be Zack’s nemesis, Vince’s ultimate win if Zack doesn’t stop it
Setting up the problem: Vince is winning though despite Zack wanting to enter the game and polish off his Super Club vest, Vince is just too good always one step of the game (i.e. cleaning up aisle and finding lost children in the store); Zack and Vince meet the new cashier, Amy and they fight over her
Turning point #1: Vince wins his first ‘gold star’ towards the star-a-day towards the employee-of-the-month
Recovering from the problem: Vince goes on a date with Amy; Zack is switched to cash to replace another cashier in order to cover his boss’s arse from his emasculating older brother, an auditor who randomly hopped in, and now Vince and Zack are leveling the playing field; Zack also gets access to the coveted cashier lounge meaning he can eat with Amy now; Vince is losing out every single day as Zack gains on the month’s 30 stars (one of them needs 16 stars to win)
Mid-point: Zack and Amy are connecting really well — the latter meets his grandmother, and Zack and Amy have been going out on regular dates and he’s three days from taking the employee-of-the-month title
Deepening of the problem: Vince breaks into Zack’s home and he messes up the time so that Zack wakes up late for work and is automatically disqualified for the eligibility of the day’s star — he’s not disqualified but Vince is gaining on Zack; they’re at neck and neck 15-14; Zack is starting to forget his workplace friends and forgetting about his other commitments when he throws himself into work
Turning point #2: Zack realizes what’s important isn’t the win when he gets his friend fired and he pisses off Amy, losing her — it’s also D-Day for the employee-of-the-month and Zack and Vince are tied together and Zack quits his job to get his friend his job back (not that he needs to, his friend accepts his apology)
Resolving the problem/Climax: Zack is ready to finish the employee-of the-month on top and that means he has to win with his friends’ help and win for himself, not Amy or because he wants to embarrass Vince; they’re having a stand-off at the cash together; Zack apologizes to Amy, letting her know that he’s here because she helped motivate him to stop being a lazy bum; Zack loses the competition to Vince
Resolution: But it turns out that Zack wins the competition, becoming employee-of the-month because Vince cheated (the latter who is fired), and he wins Amy’s confidence — of course they have to seal it with a cheesy kiss (lol, cute scene though)