Video Review: Barenaked Ladies “Pinch Me”

Ed, wearing a headset,  a white t-shirt and pants, works the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant. He waits at the window and hands out the hamburgers and drinks to Steven, Jim, Tyler and Kevin each give him a thumbs up. He serves some fries to some people at a table, all wearing green and black striped t-shirts.

As ketchup bottles and fries fly in the air, the Barenaked Ladies perform on a red circle inside the restaurant.

His boss demonstrates the proper enthusiastic thumbs up. Ed takes off his headset and gives his boss the middle finger once he turns his back. As his boss continues to serve the tables, Ed turns his hat backwards and gives the thumbs down.

Ed lies on a pile of hamburgers.

Ed walks by the tables and sees the customers are frozen in place. He throws a tray up in the air and grins. The chef statue beckons him for him to go outside. Ed and the customers dance in the parking lot.

Rating: 3.5/5

Ed nods as he talks with a regular customer and then gives him his usual combo order. He checks the time on the clock. Six hours left to his shift. He hangs his head down as he leans against the window. He’s never going to get out of the diner.

A fortysomething woman asks to speak to a manager. He calls for his manager and mumbles a scripted apology. The woman points to him and says he was rude to her and then gave her to wrong order. She puts her hamburger in her manager’s face, yelling there aren’t any pickles in it. She threatens to call corporate. Ed rolls his eyes and tends to the drive-thru.

During an order, his manager taps him on the shoulder and says he wants to talk to him. He says he needs to be an example to the young employees and provide excellent service to the customers. He uses the fortysomething woman as an example. Ed flips him off once he leaves. Oh, how he wished his manager had fired him.

He clocks out for lunch and sits in his car. He thinks of driving off and not coming back. However, he’s got to bills to pay. He wishes he could start over.

At the end of his break, his manager asks to speak to him again. He says he’s a great employee and says he could be like him one day and offers him leadership training. Ed says he’ll do it. The manager puts his arm around him and says it’s the best decision he ever made. Ed glances at the teenager manning the drive-thru window and forces a smile for his manager.

Director: Phil Harder Year: 2000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3NE6UuaLiY

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