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Miss Nobody


“Ambition will put you in an early grave.” Sarah Jane McKinney (Leslie Bibb) always had high hopes for herself. She may have been a lowly secretary at a giant pharmaceuticals company, but she had aspirations of becoming an executive. She just never expected to achieve this goal through murder.

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In Miss Nobody, Sarah Jane gets a promotion to junior executive, and just when her life seems to be on the upswing, she accidentally kills her boss (Brandon Routh). Her life and her ethics begin to spiral into a world of murder and conspiracy, during which she fights to maintain her innocence and reach the final goal of a happy, successful life with her knight in shining armor, Bill Malloy (Adam Goldberg).

From the beginning, Miss Nobody establishes its dark humor core. We are shown the ridiculous side of death from her father’s death to her boss’ death. The film is shot in a style reminiscent of Pushing Daisies, but only slightly darker in content. Actually, the content is extremely dark (a woman killing her way to the top of the corporate food chain), but is masked wonderfully by Bibb’s innocent, childish act. It takes you about forty-five minutes to realize how utterly self-centered Sarah Jane is simply because she is so bubbly and confused. Once she realizes these murders are helping her career path, her judgment becomes clouded to the point where guilt over taking a life is nonexistent. Her genuine, religious girl ethics are thrown out the door and replaced by her thirst for personal gain. This egoism is ignited by the support shown by the corporation. She is told that one man’s death is another’s gain, which gives validity to her justifications for murder.

The executives she is slowly killing off each have bizarre characters that symbolize the stereotypical kinds of people one will meet at the top of corporations (the sex addicted, egotistical, idiotic, etc.) and how they affect their employees. To further confuse a relatively simple-minded girl (it’s made clear that Sarah Jane isn’t stupid, but isn’t smart either, hence the title), her mother trains her to lie, cheat and use her womanhood to manipulate those around them (men) into aiding their personal gain. This leads to Sarah Jane using a delusional boarder as a lab rat.

The best insights into Sarah Jane’s twisted sense of justice come from the narration. She is a girl completely in awe of the world and trying to find her way. Despite all of this murder and deceit, Miss Nobody finds a way to be humorous from start to finish. Her secretary, LJ (Keir O’Donnell, Wedding Crashers), is a bumbling idiot and hardly on-screen, but his moments are amusing. The wake thrown by her mother is full of bizarre people (Snooks) that enhance the weirdness of the film.

Sarah Jane is initially the hero, but as the film progresses you begin to doubt her. It’s a testament to what even the nicest of people will do when put under some pressure. Miss Nobody is fun, energetic and keeps you interested until the excellent ending, which is the best part.

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    • Tran
    • April 24th, 2012

    Great movie. the style is reminiscent of “Pushing Daisies,” which I loved.

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