The environment of the modern day grocery store can be quite stressful. It is here, that people truly show their disposition. Its almost like the act of standing behind people equally as frustrated is a form of torture, and only then does the truth come out. The truth is, most people live boring lives, and this chore puts an emphasis on boredom. Most people tend to forget about one thing during this grueling experience, and that is the employee. When a customer becomes frustrated, they take it out on the employee, but when the employee becomes frustrated with agitated customers the same outlet is not available. The Story of “A & P” by John Updike, and the Film of “Employee of the Month” by Greg Coolidge both tackle the task of showing the perspective of working as an employee for the supermarket environment. Although the films appear to be quite different from each other, as one possess a serious tone, and the other is a comedy, both of the works are actually very similar to each other in terms of setting, characterization, and overall plot.
The first similarity between these two works transpires as the setting. In “Employee of the Month”, the store is called SuperClub. The layout of SuperClub hints that the store is meant to resemble either a Costco or a Sam 's Club. SuperClub resembles these megalodons of supermarkets with good reason; It means to add the “buying in bulk” mentality that so many modern day customers have. This attitude adds a tension between the customers, and the employee, because the customer becomes fueled by self-interest attempting to find the best savings possible. Negative mindsets such as this one, make it appear to the customer that the employee ...
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Employee of the Month. Dir. Greg Coolidge. Perf. Dane Cook, Jessica Simpson, and Dax Shepard. Sony, 2006. DVD.
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