Office Space (1999)
I was told that I could listen to the radio at a reasonable volume from nine to eleven, I told Bill that if Sandra is going to listen to her headphones while she’s filing then I should be able to listen to the radio while I’m collating so I don’t see why I should have to turn down the radio because I enjoy listening at a reasonable volume from nine to eleven.
— Milton Waddams
Mike Judge’s cult classic Office Space is a contemporary look at what the corporate infrastructure is at this point. Ten years later, the movie is still as relevant as it was when it was released in 1999. Except, for the whole Y2K-the whole world is going to end-thing.
Based on his animated short series, Milton, this live adaptation delves into the mundane interworkings at a computer Company, Initech. The action follows Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) on the atypical day as a software developer. Two of his eight bosses, Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) and Dom (Joe Bays) lecture him about TPS reports.
Two follow software workers, Michael Bolton (David Herman) and Samir (Ajay Naidu) are on the same page with Peter. They don’t want to be there dealing with the droning of the receptionist, Nina (Kinna McInroe), staring at their steel gray cubicle walls and getting eye strain from mindlessly pounding the keyboard preparing the company for Y2K switch.. They dread everyday that they have to step foot in the Ninth Circle of Hell.
Their paranoid co-worker, Tom (Richard Reihle) is on high alert that the company has hired efficiency experts to see who could be fired, the Bobs (John C. McGinley, Paul Willson).
Peter’s cheating girlfriend, Anne (Alexandra Wentworth) wants him to see an occupational hypnotherapist, Dr. Swanson (Michael McShane) to help him out his stupor. During the session, the therapist has a heart attack and dies before Peter could snap out of his hypnotic state.
This leaves Peter in a relaxed state that he could ask out the cute waitress from Chotchkie’s, Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), who bound over hating their jobs and their love of kung fu. Peter starts missing work. Without Peter to boss around, Lumbergh sets his sights on the wimpy mumbler, Milton (Stephen Root).
During the course of the firings, Peter carefree attitude with the Bobs granted him a promotion and firing Michael and Samir. That does not sit too well the trio.
I worked in a couple of cubicle in my days. I could relate to the workers at Initech. Sometimes I did have the case of the Mondays, sometimes you daydream that the building would disappear or that you would stick it to the corporate ass kickers that are profiting on your hard work. This is like Norma Rae for the new millennium
Being that this movie is ten years old, it’s a little dated with the hoopla from the Y2K panic at this. There is nothing else negative to say about this movie. The rap music soundtrack strangely fits here. The scenes with the malfunctioning printer are classic.
Judgment: This movie is a battle cry to rise up against the greedy pigs running the corporate world. Just kidding.
Posted on October 20, 2009, in 1999, Comedy, Romantic and tagged Ajay Naidu, Alexandra Wentworth, David Herman, Diedrich Bader, Gary Cole, Greg Pitts, Jennifer Aniston, Joe Bays, John C. McGinley, Kinna McInroe, Michael McShane, Mike Judge, Office Space, Paul Willson, Richard Riehle, Ron Livingston, Stephen Root, Todd Duffey. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.