New Guy (2003): Bilge Ebiri’s Disappointing Feature Debut

Like its generic title, New Guy, the feature debut of Yale University graduate Bilge Ebiri, is an overly familiar dark comedy about an office worker and his first nightmarish day on the job.
Grade: C (*1/2 out of *****)
After a day of unusual occurrences, the anti-hero, an ordinary guy named Gregg, is accidentally locked in the office overnight.
The tale, also written by Ebiri, unfolds as a rehash of ideas taken from The Office as well as Twilight Zone.  The ultra-modest production values may be a function of the low budget, but also a result of the director’s lack of basic technical skills; it feels like a thesis movie at film school.
Marred  by the lack of fresh ideas and genuinely satirical tone, New Guy is plodding through all the expected steps and moves of its formualaic narrative.
The plot is so thin and the characters (such as they are) so undernourished that it would barely qualify as material for an half an hour short.
The notes mention that Ebiri had served as an assistant director to filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov on the set of  1998’s “The Barber of Seville,” one of the worst features by the otherwise notable Russian director.