Bottom Line — August 19, 2016

Bottom Line


Socially inept accountants take acting lessons from an unemployed Shakespearean actor in order to stand up to a bullying sales team.

When it comes to math, CHARLIE is 007, but in the real world, he’s a negative integer.  A shy accounting manager with bankrupt social skills, Charlie has been in love with his boss, VIOLET, since the second grade.  For that same amount of time, JAKE has relentlessly bullied him.  Jake is now a sales manager who works with Charlie and still torments him on a daily basis.

One day at Starbucks, Charlie witnesses the supreme social skills of CHASE, an unemployed Shakespearean actor. Chase explains to Charlie that the source of his confidence with women is acting.

Chase’s community theater is now rundown and about to fold, unless he can find actors to foot the bill and work for free.  He offers Charlie acting lessons to build his confidence, as long as he pays generously and brings along ten of his closest friends.  After making a ridiculous bet with Jake that he can get Violet to be his date for their 20th reunion, a desperate Charlie agrees to the plan.

Charlie tells his ten accountants that they are taking “leadership training exercises” to learn to stand up to Jake and his intimidating sales team.  Little do they know that Chase needs this show to save his theater, and they will all soon be the stars of a live Shakespearean production.

As Charlie gains confidence, he questions the kind of person he has become, and whether it would be better to just be himself.