Swimming with Sharks (1994)Swimming with Sharks (1994) is the story of a young, ambitious Hollywood executive Guy (FrankWhaley) who gets a job as a personal assistant to a Hollywood movie mogul Buddy Ackerman (KevinSpacey). Guy is fresh out of school and looks forward to working with Buddy to learn the moviebusiness. Unfortunately, Buddy turns out to be an abusive boss who treats his employees like slaves,abuses them verbally, physically, and emotionally, and publicly humiliates them. Buddy’s behavior is soabusive that it not only affects Guy psychologically and emotionally, it also has a tremendous impact onhis relationship with Dawn (Michelle Forbes0, a young movie producer. Finally, when Guy has hadenough, he takes matters in his own hands and decides to show Buddy how it feels to be abused andhumiliated.This movie is about abusive workplace behavior. The fact that it is set in Hollywood, the dreamdestination of many young people, makes it an interesting watch! It shows many behaviors that abusivesupervisors use against their employees. The scene where Guy needs to go to the bathroom but Buddydoes not let him go certainly takes abusive supervision to a whole different level. When Guy complainsabout the way he is treated, Buddy is dismissive of him. Buddy’s attitude towards Guy’s complaints isthat he just has to learn how to be tough and take it like a man, if he wants to succeed.Just as in themovie, it is not uncommon for abusive supervision to lead to workplace violence.This movie discuss about abusive supervision, deviant work place behavior, human resourcemanagement, and organizational behavior.
Influential, abrasive and tyrannical movie mogul and film producer Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey)verbally abused his newly-hired, naive and gullible young assistant/writer Guy (Frank Whaley), a recentcollege graduate, even remaining belligerent when he was bound and Guy sought "payback time." Buddyrevealed how he had made it to the top by putting up with tyrants, and suffering the senseless rape anddeath of his wife:You think you know it all, dont you? Youre 25 years old. Youre a baby. You dont know s--t. Look, I canappreciate this. I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought theywere full of shit. Look, its like they say, If youre not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if youhavent turned establishment by 30, youve got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, nofairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, What do you really want?...You were getting complacent, ungrateful, complete and total job burnout, and dont think I didnt notice.You just didnt give a s--t anymore. Draggin your feet everywhere, telling everybody you were doing myjob. That you were running the show. That without you, I was nothing. Yeah, people tell me things.So dont come preaching to me about your ideas of whats fair. Youre no martyr here. Youre no hero.Youre just a f--kin hypocrite. Youre just like any other punk kid out there, lookin for a way in, any way in,and you need me... Because I earned it. What, you think someone just handed me this job? Ive handledthe phones. Ive juggled the bimbos. Ive-Ive put up with the tyrants, the yellers, the screamers. Ive donemore than you can even imagine in that small mind of yours. I paid my dues...and I spent ten. Dammit -its my turn to be selfish. Its my turn. See, thats the trouble with your f--kin MTV, microwave-dinnergeneration. You all want it now. You think you deserve it just because you want it? It doesnt work likethat. You have to earn it. You have to take it. You have to make it yours. But first, Guy, you need todecide what it is you really want...What life? What life? I gave you life. Before me, you were nothing. Before me, you were an inkspot, andnow youre playing in the majors. I made you. You will always be Guy from Buddy Ackermans office. Youwanna go back to your s--tty little existence? Go ahead, leave. Theres the door. No ones stopping you.You could have left any day, but you stayed. So lets forget the Dudley-damn-do-right-crap. Because outhere, its kill your parents, f--k your friends, and have a nice day!...Look, I dont make the rules. I play by them. What, your job is unfair to you? Grow up, way it goes. Peopleuse you? Lifes unfair? Grow up, way it goes. Your girlfriend doesnt love you? Tough s--t, way it goes.Your wife gets raped and shot, and they leave their unfinished beers...(weeping) their, their stinking long-necks just lying there on the ground? - So be it. Way it goes...All right, Guy, come on, lets finish this. Give it to me. Show me what youre made of. Show me whatyouve learned. Dont let me down, son. Everything Ive taught you comes down to this. This is the onlyway that you can hope to survive. Because life is not a movie. Everyone lies. Good guys lose. And lovedoes not conquer all. So lets do this thing. Lets finish it...Do it! Come on, do it now!