When underappreciated video specialist Joe Scheffer is brutally humiliated by the office bully Mark McKinney in front of his daughter, Joe begins a quest for personal redemption. He proceeds by enduring a personal make-over and takes martial arts lessons from a B-action star. As news spreads of his rematch with Mark, Joe suddenly finds himself the center of attention, ascending the corporate ladder and growing in popularity. He's determined to show everyone in his life that he is not a nobody, but a force to be reckoned with.
This wan romantic comedy stars Tim Allen as a wimpy video communications specialist for a pharmaceutical company and the divorced dad of a 12-year-old daughter. He decides to fight back against a bully who punches him out in the corporate parking lot. Jim Belushi is his martial-arts teacher and Julie Bowen the pretty woman who inspires him. This grown-up version of the 97-pound weakling facing down the bully on the beach has nary a laugh. – Stephen Holden
2001-12-21 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Joe Somebody