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Christian Slater’s devlish charm tapped on ‘Breaking In’


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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Not to pigeonhole him, but I vastly prefer the Christian Slater of “Breaking In” to the Christian Slater of ABC’s 2009 flop “The Forgotten.” He’s capable of straight drama, but why? If he isn’t playing some form of the devil, you’re not getting your money’s worth.

As Oz, the head of a company that tests security systems, Slater presides over a staff of frustrated criminals. He wears sunglasses in the dark, smokes cigars and says things like, “Do I look like your prom date? ‘No’ is not an option.”

Bret Harrison (“Reaper”) is the newbie, a computer genius blackmailed into taking a job. He’s eerily reminiscent of “Chuck’s” Chuck. Among his duties: procuring office birthday cakes and stealing a Lamborghini for a car dealership client.

Alphonso McAuley is a standout tonight as a colleague who hazes the new guy by securing his desk to the ceiling. He tries very, very hard to reinvigorate the catchphrase “Boom! Goes the dynamite,” so I’m using it whenever possible.

“Breaking In” would pair well with CBS’s “Chaos,” another new comedy that combines office politics with over-the-top capers. The pace is so fast that, like a good party, you might forget everything that’s happened even before it’s over. That’s the sign of top-notch disposable entertainment.

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