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Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 02/03/2009 Run time: 89 minutes Rating: R
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Hilarious! Stephen Root (Milton) should have gotten an Academy Award. It's his movie, shared with Gary Cole....more info
- sad in a funny way, funny in a sad way
What does it say about us all, that we are willing to be cubicle slaves for a regular paycheck and (sometimes) benefits? Human beings were NOT meant to sit in a cubicle for 8+ hours/day, under fluorescent lights, suffering through pointless meetings, and singing halfhearted birthday greetings to coworkers who you secretly wish would just drop dead.
Too cowardly to quit, we sit in our cubes and become obese and depressed. Then we get laid off and sit at home being obese and depressed.
Decades from now, this film will be remembered as a symbol of late 20th-century life, and of our general willingness to sell out. As a cubicle slave myself, I'm not sure whether to be disgusted or amused. Certainly I am not proud of this life.
- With flair!
If they ever decided to make a live-action "Dilbert" movie, it might resemble "Office Space."
There's a lot of the same bitter surreality infused in this hysterically funny office film by Mike Judge (of "Beavis & Butthead" fame), all about three rebellious office employees who have finally had enough. Filled with quirky characters and a hilarious employee rebellion, this is a movie for anyone who ever felt trapped in a soul-destroying job. Which is just about everybody.
Peter (Ron Livingston) spends every day in a cubicle, doing pointless work under the thumb of his smarmy boss Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole). His life is boring, and he doesn't even have the confidence to tell a waitress (Jennifer Aniston) that he likes her.
Because layoffs are impending, Peter accompanies his controlling girlfriend to a hypnosis session, and is instructed to relax. Unfortunately, the hypnotist dies of a heart attack... while Peter is still under his hypnotic influence. And nobody snaps him out of it. The next morning, Peter wakes up happy and laid-back -- and determined to get out of his rotten job, and live fat and happy.
He conspires with fiery Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) and the ill-named Michael Bolton (David Herman) -- two coworkers who are about to be axed -- to skim money off the company's assets with a secret computer virus. Only problem is, their scene is rapidly spinning out of control when the virus goes glitchy haywire -- and their scheme is threatened with exposure.
"Office Space" started off as an early 90s animated skit, featuring the character of Milton. You know, that increasingly deranged employee who complains that "you took my stapler." This time, Milton is a minor character, although a pivotal one. The focus is mainly on the mellowed-out Peter and his wild scheme to profit the downtrodden employees of Initech -- sort of like a crazier version of "The Office."
And Judge knows how to wring all the bitter comedy from this scenario. He creates a hysterical tangle of cubicle workers, layoffs and the most annoying boss in the history of film ("Yeeeeeeaaaahhhh... uhhhhhhh..."). There's a less interesting subplot about Peter's unstable relationship with the equally POed-about-her-job waitress, but the real draw here is all the corporate cheating and craziness.
This brand of humor is twisted, down to the slow-motion, ghetto-style beating of the copier in the middle of a field, and Peter receiving a raise because he no longer cares if he gets fired. And of course, the dialogue is quietly insane ("Oh, and next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day...") as the plot grows grows more and more tense... until you know someone has to snap. You can see who it is way in advance, but it's no less hilarious when it happens -- with disastrous consequences.
The trio of lead characters are a riot -- there's Peter, whose newfound perspective about what is important in life is immensely entertaining. There's Samir, who can barely restrain his simmering rage at his rotten job, or his deep hatred for the copier. And there's Michael, who has a seething resentment that he has the same name as THAT sappy singer. As for Cole, he's utterly brilliant as a boss who is as endearing and appealing as a rake on a chalkboard.
This edition is apparently just a blu-ray edition of the previously-released "with flair!" edition, so those who already have it might want to wait for something a bit more deluxe. Some brilliant deleted scenes, interactive games like "Whack-A-Drone," and a featurette with Mike Judge called "Out of the Office."
"Office Space" has become something of a deserving cult classic -- funny, strange, and sympathetic to the ants that toil in their cubicles. When you aren't laughing your butt off, you'll be cheering on the disgruntled salami-slicers....more info
- Funny movie
This is a funny movie...It will keep you laughing, however...watch out for the dirty language...especially in the opening sound track. This is not for young children....more info
- Kafka, Peter Pan and Flair Oh My!
Are you fed up with the mindless bureaucracy of your workplace? nauseated with the importance of process over results? anxiety ridden because of your job? then Office Space is the movie for you. The setting for Office Space is an Information Technology company that processes transactions for Credit Unions, with a collection of employees that are all either bored, angry, aloof, incompetent, anxious or suffer from one of a hundred other maladies or neurotic manifestations. No doubt this sort of work environment will be familiar to most.
It would be convenient to say that this is just another movie about how the corporate work environment drains us of our humanity, but Office Space offers us much more. The mindless bureaucracy, doing work solely to satisfy some inane process (PTS Reports), the sense of detachment from reality is eerily reminiscent of a Kafka novel. Lundberg, the boss, who is completely unaware of what his employees do and how they feel, endlessly repeats his mantra of ok, ok , while his employees become more and more stressed and unfulfilled.
Peter, the lead character, undergoes a profound Peter Pan like psychological transformation after which he is no longer motivated to do his job. He comes and goes as he pleases and begins to openly express his true feelings about the job and the environment. His new relaxed attitude impresses the clueless consultants, with their prepackaged prescription for transforming the organization (i.e. reducing headcount), who have been brought in to fine tune the organization.
Naturally, no story of this genre would be complete without a love connection between the main character and yet another troubled, trapped soul. Peter's love interest comes by way of a waitress at a nearby restaurant who fights conformity by wearing only the minimum pieces of flair on her uniform. She endures the endless questioning from her manager about why she wears only the minimum pieces of flair, when she is so clearly and simply trying to preserve some part of her humanity.
The dam of self-control that held the employees in check finally begins to crack when Peter and two of his co-workers hatch a plot of revenge against the company. Of course their plot like everything else goes badly wrong, but in the end it seems that justice is served.
You will laugh out loud, you may cry at times, but if this dark comedy does not send your mind and heart in search of your humanity, sadly you have missed the point.
- The perfect antidote for (another) lackluster day at the office...
That happy day when you finally graduate college and enter the workforce is upon you. You're eagerly anticipating putting your education to good use in an important, meaningful job; having an inspiring boss who will help you reach the full limits of your potential; mingling with interesting, supportive coworkers; and, of course, bringing home a big paycheck.
Get real. As the tagline for the hilarious "Office Space" so aptly puts it, "Work sucks." The live-action writing and directing debut of Mike Judge (creator of the "Beavis & Butthead" MTV series) is a hilarious tale of office doldrums that showcases what life is, sadly, often like in the workplace.
Ron Livingston (Mikey's friend Rob in "Swingers") plays down-on-his-luck Peter Gibbons, a 20-something who hates his job and is on the outs with his girlfriend. In a highly amusing opening sequence, Peter unsuccessfully battles some horrendous traffic on the way to work, and then arrives to his cubicle just in time to be lectured by his superiors for a tiny, inconsequential error he made.
It's a brutal day in the life of Peter, but unfortunately it's become the norm. However, when Peter goes to a counseling session with his girlfriend, an unexpected turn of events leads him to a new life philosophy: He doesn't give a s---. He disregards his boss' request that he work during the weekend, hangs up the phone on his (soon-to-be ex) girlfriend, and successfully asks out an attractive waitress he's had his eye on ("Friends'" Jennifer Aniston). Most significantly, he teams up with two of his coworkers, Samir (Ajay Naidu) and the unfortunately named Michael Bolton (David Herman), in a scam that will potentially screw the company out of thousands of dollars.
With the sharply written "Office Space," Mike Judge proves he's more than a one-note wonder by doing a superb job of capturing the malaise of the typical office environment. His most impressive directorial touch is an instantly classic scene in which Peter, Samir and Michael carry the office copying machine to a deserted field and literally kick the crap out of it. Shot in slo-mo and set to a gangsta rap tune, this scene is pure comic genius.
Livingston is a good comedic actor who has the talent to become a star in the mold of Matthew Broderick. He gets solid support from Naidu, Herman and Aniston (who deserves credit for taking a small role in this low-budget pic), as well as Gary Cole, who gives a top-notch performance as Peter's super-anal, monotone-voiced boss.
Whether you're a student looking for an amusing preview of what's in store for you on the job scene, or an unfortunate sap who's currently experiencing the hell of working in an office, you should get plenty of laughs from the excellent "Office Space." ...more info
- realistically funny for the office worker
This movie is hilarious.... I thought it was amazing as I watched it in college; however now that I have a full-time job, the funny parts of this movie are things I encounter on a day-to-day basis....more info
- A timeless movie that (frighteningly) will never grow old
As long as corporate America insists on treating people like farm animals or widgits, Office Space is going to hit home on several levels: It is a wickedly funny parody of life as a Cube Farm inhabitant; it is dead-on in all the silly and ultimately pointless exercises that upper management goes through to justify itself; and it caters to every worker's fantasy of some day Stickin' it to The Man.
There are numerous weirdly comical moments, as when the lead character, Peter Gibbons, is reclaiming his life and his sanity at the office while a rap song about "it's good to be a gangster" booms in the background; and the hysterical juxtaposition of white, straight-arrow geek programmer Michael Bolton swaying in his car to some truly off-color rap lyrics. The mumbling, goggle-eyed character Milton Waddams (EVERY office has one, you know it does) almost steals the whole show with his obsessiveness about his red Swingline stapler.
I have worked with many of the characters in this movie, and only wish that, like Peter, I had recognized far earlier in my "career" that people are not meant to live in fabric-lined enclosures and fret over things like mission statements and TPS reports.
Although the movie is a bit dated now in terms of how people dress, etc., and the rap songs in the soundtrack might be offensive to some, Office Space is a movie you will want to watch several times, so you can absorb all of the lessons it has to offer.
- It just gets better with age
This is one of those movies that I can watch time and again and still find new funny parts of the dialog. The script is brilliant and the acting is great. My wife makes fun of me watching the movie for the 10th time yet she can't resist joining me and she definitely finds it funny! Seems like every time I quote the movie when i am around friends and co-workers people recognize the quote which tells you how popular the movie is. I'd highly recommend checking it out if you have not! ...more info
- painful and funny
The best part of Office Space is its exaggerated but accurate depictions of life in the modern office place. I've worked in many similar places, and seen many similar stupidities. I've met many of its characters, such as Lumbergh, the Porsche-driving VP jerk who expects "his" people to come in on the weekend.
I've watched Office Space at least half a dozen times, and it still manages to make me cringe and laugh at the same time. Very funny, very pertinent. I figure that those who chose better career paths, ones that didn't relegate them to cube farms, will probably not "get" the movie.
While I have no qualms about R-rated movies and strong language, I feel this is one of those movies that would probably been better off had it gotten a PG or PG-13 rating. The downside is that I can't pop it onto an LCD projector at the office, for fear of getting a visit from the HR Police. ...more info
- The Great Escape...
1999's "Office Space" has become something of a cult classic, with office workers everywhere able to recite their favorite lines from this spot-on comedy. Ron Livingston stars as Peter, a computer software worker locked into a dreary cubical existance, suffering a condescending and exploitative boss and a meaningless life away from the job.
Desperate for a change, Peter tries hypnotherapy. When the session goes awry, Peter is left locked into a relaxed mode that allows him to cheerfully skip work, chase the girl of his dreams, and subvert the routine of his office. A consulting team brought in to downside the company becomes the trigger for a fraud scheme hatched by Peter and two disgruntled office mates. They spring the scheme, only to suffer an attack of conscience (and a fear of jail). Their ham-handed attempts to fix things lead to a fateful decision by Peter.
The comedy of "Office Space" is in the knowing details, such as Peter's wearisome commute, in which the other lane always moves faster; the office gnome, laid off five years ago but still shuttling from desk to desk because no one told him; and a perpetually malfunctioning printer. Jennifer Anniston has a nice role as Peter's spunky new girlfriend, while Gary Cole is superbly hateful as Peter's unctious boss.
"Office Space" is highly recommended as a classic black comedy....more info
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Funny, funny Funny, Anyone who has worked in a "cubicle" atmosphere has to get this DVD. !...more info
- This movie NEVER gets old.
This is probably one of the funniest movies I have seen ever. What makes it even funnier is that it's a VERY accurate representation of what goes on the corporate world. Anyone in corporate America can identify with pretty much everyone in the movie. In fact a few weeks ago, I had to interview someone that had the same name as a famous singer and as soon as I saw the name I immediately thought of the "Michael......Bolton?" scene from this movie.
If you work or have worked in the typical corporate environment then you pretty much know what this movie is about, from the early morning commute, lunch hour, leaving early on Fridays and department take over by consulting firms. Even the office printer that is always screwing up shows up in the movie. As accurate as the movie is, it does have an interesting twist in that the main character being fed up with his job gets caught in permanent trance after therapy session goes horribly wrong, and he ends up "not caring" anymore. But instead of getting canned, he is actually given a promotion much to the chagrin of two of his co-workers who work their a***s off and don't get anything for it.
I have seen this movie many times, and every time I see it, I still laugh like I am seeing it for the first time. If you haven't seen this movie then if you could, I'm going have to ask you to go head and pick this movie up; that'll be greaaat... mmkay?
A must see for anyone, especially people in corporate America. No question, 5/5 stars....more info
- Comprehensive Review of Office Space
Although many recent college graduates dream of working in a corporate job with their own corner desk and a front row parking place, that fantasy is not always realized. Instead, many are thrown into a life of dull, repetitive work, and made to work in a cubicle with no windows. Mike Judge satirizes this mediocre life in his movie Office Space, the story of Peter Gibbons, a man so bored with his day to day routine that he finally snaps. In this parody of "Corporate America," Judge earns laughs with witty dialogue, but also breaches a deeper meaning through his uncannily realistic view of work in a dysfunctional company. I really enjoy this movie, not only because of the comedic aspects like the extreme characters and sarcastic banter, but also because of its relevance to the modern workplace.
Generally, critics love Office Space as much as its cult followers. However, there are some movie critics that disagree. Rick Groen claims that the writer and director, Mike Judge, cannot follow through to the end of the feature length film because of his background primarily in short TV cartoons. Instead, Groen sees the film as starting off strong, but losing steam towards the end. But overwhelmingly, reviewers of the movie praise the "good-natured comedy about the suppressed rage and paranoia of unappreciated employees" (Elias). Although professional critics see the movie as cunning, witty, and uproarious, Office Space did not generate a large crowd at the theaters (Box Office Mojo), and even a smaller fan base. I like to think that I am a part of the cult culture surrounding the movie, much like the groups that are so fanatic about movies like Fight Club or Donnie Darko.
The issues brought up in Office Space still apply to many people, even though there is a relatively small fan base. Contrary to the movie Clockwatchers, in which jokes about an office environment quickly go away, "revealing a surprising, almost surreal core of unhappiness and mistrust among its central characters," all of the serious issues brought up in Office Space are hidden subtly behind parody and satire (Davis). Of course, most Americans' lives are not quite as dull as Peter Gibbon's, since the movie Office Space is a parody of corporate culture in America. Not only does Peter Gibbons have a dull and repetitive job--updating bank software for "the 2000 switch"--but he is also stuck in a cubicle, depriving him of all natural light. Just to the other side of his cubicle wall is a huge window, with a great view of a tree and some rolling hills. In one scene, after Peter snaps, he unscrews the outside wall of the cubicle and knocks it down, letting all the papers and memos fall everywhere. Aside from his cramped and unnatural workplace, Peter is under several middle-management level executives who all seem to have overlapping responsibilities. Each one stops by to remind Peter that he failed to put a cover sheet on his TPS report. The vice president of the company where Peter works, Initech, is Bill Lumbergh, represents the stereotype of corporate bosses and the antagonist of the movie. Lumbergh repeatedly asks his employees to come into work on Saturdays while he roams around the office aimlessly with a cup of coffee, instead of actively managing his employees.
Perhaps Office Space pokes the most fun at the way companies hire "efficiency consultants" to help with productivity, but in the process of streamlining the consultants completely halt all work. The two consultants hired by Initech in the movie are known as "The Bobs" and meet Peter after his snap. In this sudden change, Peter takes on an attitude of complete apathy after his therapist suffers a heart attack in the midst of hypnotization, leaving Peter in an unrealistic state of deep relaxation. Ironically, The Bobs are completely taken with Peter, even after he openly admits that he really "does nothing" all day. Other employees in the company do much more work, like Peter's friends Michael and Samir, but they are fired for reasons clear only to the consultants. Instead of keeping workers that are efficient, The Bobs keep Peter, who is disrespectful to his boss and plays Tetris all day. These kinds of consultants are a parody of the type of corporate planning and strategizing that became so popular in the 1990s. Lumbergh, the VP of Initech, is also seen in front of a whiteboard reading "Planning to Plan," another stab at new ideas and attempts to streamline corporate offices that really defeat their own purpose.
One of the most praised aspects of the movie is its larger than life characters. Because of his background in animation, Mike Judge exaggerates the characters' personalities so that "every personality trait is magnified" (Ebert). Characters like Bill Lumbergh, written to be the stereotype of a corporate boss in the 1990s, wears "gold-rimmed aviator glasses, a ski-resort tan and a contrasting-collar dress shirt," and Tom, a 50ish functionary who lives in constant -- and justified -- terror of being downsized," are played out to the extreme by the actors. Peter's two friends, Michael Bolton, who resents the famous singer with his same name, and Samir Nagheenanajar, whose last name no one can pronounce, both dislike their jobs, but appreciate the security. After they are both fired, they take out their anger at the company by taking their misbehaving copy machine to an empty field and destroy it with baseball bats. The most animated character and my personal favorite is Milton, an employee who was "let go" years ago, but through a glitch in the payroll continues to be paid every week. Instead of deciding to take on a lifestyle of apathy, like Peter, Milton combats the stresses of corporate life by being overly protective of his possessions, especially his stapler.
Not only does the movie Office Space poke fun at corporate businesses, but it also satirizes the mediocre lives of the people that work in those jobs. Mike Judge expresses the impatience of many Americans through his subtle and witty humor in a satire about life in Corporate America. Everyone who has worked in an office can pick out at least a few foibles from some of the extreme characters that remind them of past or present coworkers. The issues brought up comically in the movie resonate with its audience long after the final credits.
Great movie! Very funny and very similar to real life with just a slight twist to reality. ...more info
- This Movie is Hilarious!!!
This movie is so funny, my husband and I can't get enough of it. This is not one for kids to watch with lots of bad language and rap songs in this movie. A lot of the business aspects of this movie you can relate in some way or another. I highly recommend this movie if you want a good laugh! ...more info
- Funny movie
One of the funniest movies I have seen. See it if you work for a living, you will identify with the caracters. Do not watch it if you are a CEO or manager who thinks things would not function without your bogus abilities....more info
- Half a great movie
Based on the enthusiastic reviews from my co-workers, I had high expectations for this movie. And sure enough, the movie started off pretty well, highlighting the petty nonsense that makes office work wretched: daily traffic jams, cutesy co-workers, malfunctioning machines, smarmy bosses and pointless work. And many of the film's catch phrases have made it into office usage -- the infamous "TPS" report and "'Sounds like someone has a case of the Mondays!"
The film deals with Peter Gibbons, a young programmer who hates his big corporate job. At the instigation of his overbearing girlfriend, he attends a hypnosis session that ends prematurely, leaving him in a blissful state of nonchalance. At work the next day, Gibbons blithely ignores all rules of office and social etiquette. He arrives in casual clothing, plays Tetris all day, removes his cubical walls and asks a cute waitress out to lunch. His newfound lack of caring is perceived as freshness and candor by a couple of efficiency experts bent on reducing headcount.
Yet at this point, halfway through the movie, "Office Space" lost its charm and gains lots of loosely-connected subplots. The hypnosis gimmick that drove the first half is suddenly and inexplicably dropped. The film morphs into comic romance between Gibbons and a waitress played by Jennifer Aniston. Gibbons and a couple of coworkers hatch a harebrained scam to revenge themselves on the company, and that threatens to land them all in the pokey. Aniston argues with her boss, a restaurant manager who expects his staff to be perpetually peppy, with lots of "flair" decorating their uniforms. All of this activity adds up to very little in the end.
For its hits and magic moments, "Office Space" had plenty of misses. Richard Riehle's "Tom Smykowski" is a google-eyed, acne-scarred old timer whose panicked mumbling and emotional attachment to office supplies came across as kind of sad. I guess I've known too many real people like him who were marginalized and then forced out of corporations. The soundtrack consists (pointlessly) of quite foul rap music. A subplot about a malfunctioning office machine manages only to be confusing. The satire of peppy theme restaurants lacks punch. As an office worker myself, I was disappointed by the missed opportunities to lampoon office life. Only one character -- Gibbons' blue-collar neighbor Lawrence (Diedrich Bader) is memorable, consistent and likable.
"Office Space" has contributed more than its share of catch phrases and characters. But its inconsistent characterizations, sloppy plotting, unrelenting vulgarity, gratuitous female nudity and misfiring satire made it as annoying is it was funny. It's a 2-star movie that gains a star (I hate to say it) for pervasive cultural relevance. Watch it, even if only to understand the references your colleagues are making....more info
- um yeahhhhhhhhh
This is a perfect movie to watch while compiling your TPS reports. It would be just GREAT if everyone bought this movie on Blu-Ray!...more info
- One of the Classics
This is in my top 5 movies of all time. My other favorites include Monty Python The Holy Grail, and Dumb and Dumber....more info
- Very Funny and great story & characters!
This movie made me laugh out loud and that's saying a lot for me--not impressed by most comedies. It was so true to life as far as the trash that people have to go through in their cubes as a white-collar office worker. The smashing of the printer was especially a delight! I highly recommend this movie to those in...and out of the cubes!...more info
- Real Reasons Work Sucks
Let's face it. Unless you're in management, work is the most boring thing about your day. Especially office work. I've worked in an office for years, and the moment I saw this movie, I knew Mike Judge had wrote from personal experience.
This movie is about a guy who hates work so much and does something about it. He just quits going. No worries or cares in the world. His friends, however, are still busting their butt to keep their jobs during "house clean up", while trying to get him to be more motivated during these times.
I'm sure you've all seen Office Space anyway, so you know the comedy is terrific, the cast has great chemistry, and Milton is missing pay checks. Now onto the difference between Blu-Ray and DVD, since this is a review for the Blu-Ray edition of the film.
I'd say two years ago, when I bought a PS3 and a few Blu-rays, I never thought I'd buy an older comedy. I made a rule I'd only buy action-type movies on Blu-ray. Comedy can stay on DVD. This film really is one of the best examples of a good transfer. The picture is really, really clear. You can see so much more detail in the little things, that help you feel like you're at work (ugh) with the guys. The sound is awesome, the menu is clever, and most of all, they added all the deleted scenes on the disc. This is a must-buy for comedy lovers, and a must have for anyone who hates their job....more info
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A very funny movie. I'm very glad I purchased it & would
highly recommend it....more info
- "Why should I change, he's the one that sucks"
Hard to believe that this movie was a box office disaster (considering it's directed by Mike Judge), but over the years, I think the cult following is right. Yeah, I'm no office worker (You think I work in the office?), but hey, it doesn't take a genius to know how tedious and _______ BORING! life like Peter's is (if you still think it's not tedious, think more, idiot). This is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes serious, sometimes feel-good, loony, morally awesome, movie. I like the way it just starts when the movie comes on, it sets the whole tone for the movie. Right from that, I knew this movie was going to rule.
The plot revolves around a particular software company called Initech, and it's as faceless as can be. At least from the outside. The characters on here are unique and both encomapny some very familiar stereotypes. Well, maybe the characters are someone you have seen or met before, but it's hard not to love their personalities. Peter is extremely likeable as a protagonist, and Lumbergh is a very likeable "antagonist", he's certainly not a bad guy, but he's definitely viewed as an obstacle. You have the nervous, pryomaniac Milton, Lawrence, the steet smart neighbor, and my favorite, Michael Bolton, the gangster rap loving white guy with a hate for technology that doesn't work and his name because it's the same as Michael Bolton (easy to see why, words cannot express how bad Michael Bolton is).
I would go ahead and say that this movie is really executed just so well, as it doesn't drag on and doesn't take a bunch of time being slow with character development or other nonsense you don't need when trying to just watch a ________ movie. It's not that long either, and thankfully doesn't result in one big drama at the end. Kind of like life. I love lot's of the camera angles, and of course, scene after scene of great movie watching (not quite excellence the whole way through, but there isn't a dull moment), and the directing is great. The slow motion works wonders on the scene where they smash the fax machine, for instance.
Office Space has memorable characters, scenes, work mocking, destruction of ______ computers, a swipe at Michael Bolton (well deserved, I think) and a refreshing lack of drama! Really though, this movie is just great to watch, and it doesn't beat you over the head with anything, and entertaining movie as _____! SO buy it and watch it every week, or else!
- Reasonates more deeply with each viewing
This classic comedy will always entertain audiences, but the viewers who work in corporate America will recognize the truth between the laughs. Great movie....more info
- Not a great comedy, but a decent one...
I've seen this film twice, and I have to admit, it's nowhere nearly as good as many of its fans claim. It feels undernouirshed and way too episodic. The director, Mike Judge, came from TV, and it has a TV feel to it, as opposed to a cinematic feel. The film doesn't flow at all. The scenes go awkardly from one to the next. However, there are some priceless moments (the conversation about "flair", Ron Livingston's great line about work (ain't exactly missing it), the destruction of the copy machine), but all these moments are actually in the trailer. A lot of times between gags the film seems to be killing time, and the film ends up being very boring. Some might argue that office work is boring (it is), but still, a realistic portrayal doesn't always translate into great filmmaking. The performances here are first rate, with the underrated Gary Cole giving a hilarious one as Ron Livingston's boss. Livingston himself makes a great sad sack and Jennifer Aniston is nice as the waitress who is Ron's love interest. It's not the deepest romance ever, but it passes the time. The film is not a disaster, far from it, but it is overrated and not a great comedic gem. Still, there are very funny moments which make it worth watching at least once. ...more info
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I just wanted to add a little challenge. When you watch this movie again and again (and you will) try to catch exactly how many times Milton either outright states or almost imperceptibly mutters that he is going to set the place on fire. The first time I watched it I was so busy laughing that it never registered even once.
- Office Space
Long before TV shows like "The Office" and other work comedies "Office Space" hit a cord with most office workers. This 1999 movie pointed out printers that suck, bosses that suck, and employees that suck. It makes the keen observation that employees with backbone and creativity are capable of becoming managers or embezzlers that fear picking up soap in prison. We see three key employees hatch a plan to get enough to retire on once two find out the companies downsizing includes them. The irony is the employee worried about where his office moves and stapler will end up is the one that truly gets even with the boss and company in one fell swoop. This is a reasonably funny movie that has good replayability. Good quality DVD with a few extras on the special edition with flair. If you enjoyed this catch "Employee of the Month" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy".
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- This is a funny movie!
I own this and the movie is extremly funny. It is tasteful and approrpriate for most ages however you really need to be an office worker (IT position helps great) to truly appreciate the movie. That being said, anyone can potentially find it funny but as a resident IT guy in a cubicle I love this movie! ...more info
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We received the DVD in relatively quick amount of time and it was in good shape and we were able to view it as advertised. ...more info
Even though I have seen the movie before a few years ago, I bought it because a coworker never seen it before and wanted to show her how relative the movie is compared to our cubicle world as well as the actors who portray charactors that remind us of our other coworkers. After viewing it again, it made me question my own job like why and what am I doing here. Even the resturant scenes. It's reality at it's best.... or worst in the corporate world.
- "We're not in Kansas anymore..."
Movie: 5 stars. Extras: 3 stars.
Last week I was reminiscing with an engineer friend about seeing "Office Space" during its 1999 theatrical run. He remembers me laughing constantly throughout the movie, and that flashback to a simpler time in my IT career caused me to finally get this DVD just so I could see it again and check out the extras. Of course, "Office Space" is still awesome, but unfortunately the included "flair" is little more than the bare minimum.
"Office Space" centers on Peter Gibbons, a twenty-something programmer entombed at Initech working on the Y2K software update project (the only dated aspect of the film, but it could represent any office work scenario). He's fed up with his mindless job, the lousy commute, uptight girlfriend Anne, and especially passive-aggressive boss Bill Lumbergh. Cohorts in programming Michael and Samir have similar workplace issues, and all three commiserate while trapped in their cubes or over mid-morning coffee at T.G.I. Friday's clone Chotchkie's.
One night, at the insistence of said girlfriend Peter sees a hypnotherapist to try and work through his malaise. Things don't go quite as planned, and Peter emerges in a Zen-like state that enables him to step out and act without fear of failure, or really any fear at all. Our hero quickly gets dumped by Anne, but winds up snagging a promotion and dating Joanna, the Chotchkie's waitress he had pined for from afar. However, just as his Peter 2.0 life is going great he resolves to get back at Initech for its indignities, and that's when events begin to spin out of control. To say much more would spoil the fun, but trust me when I apply the "comedy classic" label.
All the actors from main roles to supporting players do a great job, and the jarring gangsta rap soundtrack fits like a pocket protector (after all, don't most of us want to bust out of our bland shells and live the glamorous thug life once in awhile?). Case in point: Over time this flick spread through the corporate underbelly like a computer virus, and it's hard to find any cubicle farm where the drones aren't tossing around lines such as: "Yyyyeahhh...not a half-day...did you get that memo?...someone's got a case of the Mondays...I wouldn't say I've been MISSING work..." "Office Space" captures the white-collar world in all its soul-crushing splendor, from incompetent management and inane company rules to office politics and oddball co-workers. Indeed, we can count both "The Office" television series as its demented twin progeny.
As for the extras? Wwwweeellll, there aren't many buttons in this jar. The ones included aren't bad, but I wanted more than a short retrospective hosted by creator/director Mike Judge, some deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and media for your PC. Sorely missed are a commentary track by Mr. Judge and stars, along with, say, an extended cut and a longer documentary. Even so, if you've ever spent time in a cubicle, or think you want to, then check out "Office Space" on DVD. The life you save may be your own....more info