It is also known as The Boss and Buddy Factor.
Unfortunately, Buddy turns out to be an employer from hell; he treats Guy like a slave, subjects him to sadistic (and public) verbal abuse, and has him bending over backwards by doing meaningless errands. Guy is humiliated and forced to bear the brunt of his insults. When Guy overhears a phone conversation between his movie producer girlfriend, Dawn, and Buddy that leads him to believe Buddy is sleeping with her, he snaps and kidnaps Buddy in order to exact some revenge, which results in tying up Buddy and subjecting him to severe beatings, torture and paper cutting Buddy on his face.
Once in Guy's power, however, Buddy reveals for the first time a human, vulnerable side, telling a tragic story about his wife's death and revealing that he too was once a bullied assistant to powerful, tyrannical men for ten years, leading to why he subjects Guy to such abuse and Buddy's plans for Guy's future. Guy also learns a few secrets about Dawn, and must confront what he really wants from life and to what lengths he'll go to get it.
Many rumors circulate about who Buddy is based on. One is that the character was inspired by real life movie mogul Scott Rudin, another is that he is based on producer Joel Silver and Guy is based on Silver's assitsant in the early 90's, Alan Schechter. However, George Huang used to work as an assistant for Barry Josephson, who was the SR. VP of Development at Sony Pictures.
Punk band Lagwagon feature a quote from the movie in their song Gun In Your Hand, off their 1998 album Let's Talk About Feelings. It quotes Buddy's speech "I was young too, I felt just like you. Hated authority, hated all my bosses, thought they were full of s**t. Look, it's like they say, if you're not a rebel by the age of 20, you got no heart, but if you haven't turned establishment by 30, you've got no brains. Because there are no story-book romances, no fairy-tale endings. So before you run out and change the world, ask yourself, "What do you really want?"