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.

Rating: ****1/2


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Posted on October 20, 2009, in 1999, Comedy, Romantic and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Where’s my stapler?

    I heart this movie. When you want to go in the direction of dark comedies, it just doesn’t get any more fun than this. Whether you work in an office cubicle or are reduced to the server industry where showing your “flair” is oh so important, it’s a great way to release the tension of your job by acknowledging how truly unimportant it is and laughing your arse off about it.

    Great Review. You hit this one right on the head.

    BTW, I am sorry, I thought I had added you to our blogroll a long time ago but for some reason it’s not there, so adding you this a.m. 🙂

    • Mike Judge is a genius. Sometimes people don’t get his humor until years later. I think the same will happen with “Extract” and “Idiocracy”. I need to see Extract before it hits DVD next week.

      BTW It’s okay, Heather. You supported me in what I do. You read my idiotic ramblings. Thank you.

  2. Office Space is a great movie, it reminded me of the years I spent in a cubicle myself, and with having that many bosses. Where mid level management seems to be in a class all its own, where managers have managers, and those managers have there own set of managers, who don’t really have any business being in management. The whole boom in the 90’s of the IT industry is based around this bad business model, that somehow in some places still exists today. Working at DISH Network, I spend a lot of time surfing the net at work to see what new deals we have, the Blockbuster movie pass was a big draw when it was released at the beginning of the month, so I figured there was no better movie to rent first then Office Space, and while I was waiting for the DVD to come in the mail, I enjoyed some of the 3000 movies streaming to my 722 receiver.

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