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Office Space (1999)

  Directed by: Mike Judge
Written by: Mike Judge
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, David Herman, Ron Livingston, Ajay Naidu
Links: Office Space on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Sounds like somebody has a case of the Mondays" - a review by em_fiction

Mike Judge is one of the biggest names in satirical animation, best known for Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill. In Office Space, his debut live action film (adapted from his own animation shorts), Judge takes a mean tackle at a subject most people can relate to: work at the office and how much it sucks.

Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is basically living what he imagines as hell. He works a crappy job at an IT company called Initech and is constantly hassled by Lumbergh (Gary Cole), one of the eight bothersome bosses. He's not the only one who hates his job, meet his workmates: Michael Bolton (David Herman) who's constantly annoyed at the fact that he shares his name with a "no-talent ass clown [who] became famous and started winning Grammys" and Samir (Ajay Naidu), an Indian software programmer whose last name no-one can pronounce. When the trio realise that they're being laid off unfairly, they assemble a scheme which involves a virus, embezzlement and the company's credit union.

"...ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life." The film creates a stereotype of these companies and depicts them as big evil corporations out there to suck the life out of these innocent people by cramming them into cubicles and forcing them to work endless hours until the day they're fired for no plausible reason.

Sound familiar? The film emphasises the little things that annoy us at work, like the printer getting jammed. The dull environment means a lack of motivation but despite it all, the white-collar workers conceal their contempt and just get the job done, no matter how badly their lives get. Of course, it's only when they get fired that they realise their lives have been wasted.

These days, it's rare that you ever come across comedies that actually show some sort of intelligence. Mike Judge has written an extremely funny script with uniquely developed, colourful characters that are all very funny. The atmosphere is also constantly pumped with mean rap music, creating a gangster-style parody of the office place. The cast is great, especially comedian David Herman, or 'Michael Bolton'. Jennifer Aniston also makes an appearance as Peter's love interest which the film probably could've done without. If you aren't fond of Judge's cartoon work, don't be alarmed, Office Space is very much different. I'm surprised Mike Judge doesn't do more live action films - he obviously has a lot of skill in them. Other than a rather irresolute ending, Office Space is a lot of fun and those who work in offices ought to really get a kick out of it.

em_fiction gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 6 Jan 2004

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Reader comments

  1. This movie is our lives in a cubical! There is no better movie than this right here! If we had to pick between food and office space we would pick office space!!!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from bevis and butthead on Sun 22 Feb 2004 08:23 #

  2. cool movie!

    Rating given: 7

    A comment from Amanda on Sun 20 Mar 2005 23:58 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.50 (2 ratings)

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