You probably know her from TBS’s old “Dinner and a Movie” nights, but after this documentary, you will know her as the woman Woody Allen fired–and I’m pretty sure Annabelle Gurwitch is fine with that.
In one of the most brilliant “making lemonade from lemons” creative moves I’ve ever seen, Gurwitch overcame the humiliation of being fired from a play by Woody–which is reennacted hilariously in the first moments of Fired!–to tell the stories of famous people and ordinary people alike being let go, laid off, downsized or down right fired.
Then, after some lessons in economics from Ben Stein (Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed), Gurwitch works in the reality of our economy today and the massive layoffs at factories, like General Motors in Michigan. Her timing for the film couldn’t have been better.
I, myself, was moping around the house depressed and hopeless after my own nightmare layoff when I happened to catch the film on Showtime. Watching it in my robe and Ugg boots at one in the afternoon was better than therapy and more effective than any pill (both of which I had already tried).
Fired! will make you laugh, but most of all, if you have recently been laid off or otherwise shown the proverbial door, it will make you feel human again.
rice rating: rent it and love it
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