Terence Stamp (who was so outstanding just four years ago in Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey
) is painfully starchy in this alleged comedy as a corporate boss who emotionally batters and fires his underlings for little or no reason. When the stone-faced executive leaves town, his daughter (played by Tara Reid) asks one of her dad’s employees (Dude, Where’s My Car
?’s Ashton Kutcher) to watch their estate while she attends a party with her boyfriend. The lad agrees because he mistakenly thinks he is to be the girl’s party escort and soon finds his house-sitting capabilities challenged by such trespassers as the boss’s onerous son (Andy Richter), a recently fired secretary (Molly Shannon) and her boyfriend, and a malignant thug (a slumming Michael Madsen). The direction of David Zucker (Airplane!
) is as uninspired and numbing as the script.