Friday, May 15, 2009

Management checks into arrested development cliches

Posted By on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 9:36 PM

click to enlarge BUTTS FOR BUDDHA: Sue (Jennifer Aniston, left) and Mike (Steve Zahn)
  • BUTTS FOR BUDDHA: Sue (Jennifer Aniston, left) and Mike (Steve Zahn)

In his indie romantic comedy Management, writer/director Stephen Belber seems to sincerely advocate yoga and Buddhism as means for his man-child protagonist Mike (Steve Zahn) to transcend his arrested development. Despite the film’s subtle spiritual streak, Management will probably be better remembered as our culture’s latest, and possibly last, consideration of Jennifer Aniston’s derriere.

Some celebrities’ body parts become famous in their own right, and such appears to be the case with Jennifer Aniston’s caboose. Her blurry booty graced the cover of Rolling Stone and provided The Break-Up's most memorable moment. Her tush goes unseen in Management, but gets ample attention. Aniston plays Sue Clawson, corporate art saleswoman who spends a few nights at Arizona’s Kingman Hotel, where Mike works for his parents as the night manager. Mike flirts with Sue with skin-crawling incompetence. When he tells her, “You have a great butt,” she tells him that he can touch it, as long as he’ll leave her alone afterward. The subsequent encounter, with Aniston in slacks, bent over as if about to be frisked, proves more awkward than erotic.

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