A Shock to the System (1990)

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By Scott Goldfine

Michael Caine is subtly menacing as a marketing executive who snaps after losing a promotion in this black comedy. Determined to turn his life around, Caine plots devious schemes to get rid of detriments, such as his insensitive wife and megalomaniacal boss.

This film is a simple pleasure, held together by Caine and sly, subversive wit. Also stars Elizabeth McGovern and Peter Riegert. Rated R.

GRADE: B+

 

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