[rating=2]Starring: Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup, Alan Arkin, David Harbour, Lea Thompson
Director(s): Jill Sprecher
Writer(s): Jill Sprecher and Karen Sprecher
One of the many reasons Mel Brooks (who is not associated in any way, shape or form with this film) is a genius is because of something he was smart enough to ask for and get. Remember that and we’ll revisit that fact and where the original title came from, after we look at Thin Ice.
The title could very well be a metaphor for the life of Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear), a Kenosha based insurance salesman, who we find at a convention of insurance agents where he’s leading a seminar on how to strike up conversations with potential clients. That his best line is apparently the time-tested “Do you happen to have the time” speaks volumes about his abilities. Hoping to sell enough policies to win a trip to his company’s anniversary retreat in Aruba, he decides to hire a go-getter who was at his seminar by the name of Bob (David Harbour) who was about to accept a job with one of Mickey’s competitors who happens to out-do Mickey by a wide margin.