British Comedy Guide

I Really Hate My Job. Alice (Shirley Henderson). Copyright: 3DD.

I Really Hate My Job

I Really Hate My Job. Image shows from L to R: Abi (Neve Campbell), Madonna (Anna Maxwell Martin), Suzie (Alexandra Maria Lara), Rita (Oana Pellea), Alice (Shirley Henderson). Copyright: 3DD.

I Really Hate My Job

Comedy following the high-strung tensions in a female-staffed bar & restaurant in Soho, with an absentee cook and celebrity booking

Neve Campbell, Shirley Henderson, Alexandra Maria Lara, Anna Maxwell Martin, Oana Pellea, Andrew Higgie, Nathaniel Parker, Hilary Sesta and others
Jennifer Higgie
Oliver Parker
Andrew Higgie, Dominic Saville, Matthew Justice, Alan Greenspan, Scott A. LaBonte, Robert A. Landino, Alan Parker and Chris Auty

I Really Hate My Job sizzles its way through one steamy night and the lives of five feisty women, working in a London restaurant with delusions of grandeur.

It is a summer evening in London. Alice, a 30ish aspiring writer, is running late for her job as a kitchen hand in a Soho café, the Stella Bar. Once she arrives, Alice discovers that the chef is drunk and incapable of working, and so, for a bonus, she agrees to be chef for the evening.

The action of the film takes place over this one evening as Alice's story intertwines with that of the waitresses - aspiring 30 year-old actor, Abi; 24 year old art student, Suzie - plus the 28 year old Maitre D', Madonna; and 48 year old dishwasher, Rita.

Over the course of the evening, chaos gradually ensues thanks to rat infestations, arguments about music, art, love and desire, the arrival of a Hollywood movie star, Danny Huston, and burnt food.

In the meantime, we learn about the loves, loathings and aspirations of this group of women - who also learn surprising things about each other and themselves as the evening progresses.

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