Thoughts: Sometimes it's good to just kick back and watch something that breezes by for 90 minutes. Demoted is that film. Formulaic? Maybe. And the laugh to minute ratio could definitely have been improved. But there was something about this film that just put me at ease, and for that, I'm happy.
Demoted concerns two damn fine salesmen at a tire company, who spend their days making sales and pissing off their fellow employees with their pranks and general misbehaviour. One fellow employee tends to take it much more than most, and through a fact of life and an unnatural plot contrivance, this put-upon employee suddenly finds himself at the head of the company.
Sean Astin and Michael Vartan play our two protagonists, and they're pretty unlikeable dudes. But that's OK, because you know they'll get their comeuppance. And you KNOW that the new boss (played effortlessly by David Cross) will turn out to be far worse than anyone could have imagined. But yknow, who the fuck cares? It's not like we're sitting down to some Ingmar Bergmann or fucking Tarkovsky now are we? When we get to see awesome flashbacks of the various pranks played by our two idjits on the nebbish office punching bag, we can't help but laugh. And when one of our protagonists finds himself forced to stare at his soon-to-be father-in-law's cock while he has his father/son warning chat in a public bathroom, we are witness to a moment of straight (?) hilarity. It's all fun in the end.
Yeah, it's predictable as hell. If you don't know where it's all going with just the basic plot outline then you might as well throw the disc on for a spin and be even more enveloped in the film. If not, you can rest assured knowing there's some great humour and fun Sunday-afternoon shenanigans in store to kill a lazy hour and change.