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Office Space (1999)

Cast: Ron Livingston, Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, more...
Director: Mike Judge, Mike Judge
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies, Black Comedy
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a computer programmer working for Initech in Houston. Every day, he and his friends Samir (Ajay Naidu) and Michael Bolton (David Herman as not THAT Michael Bolton), suffer endless indignities and humiliations in their soulless workspace from their soulless boss, Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole). For Peter, stuck in his cookie-cutter apartment with paper-thin walls and IKEA furniture, every day is worse than the one before it -- so every day is the worst of his life. To cap it off, Initech has hired a pair of "efficiency experts" to downsize the company. One Friday night, Peter's soon to be ex-girlfriend Anne (Alexandra Wentworth) forces him to go to an occupational hypnotherapist to relieve work stress. While Peter is under hypnosis, the therapist keels over and dies. As he never snaps out of his hypnotic state, Peter has a new outlook on life. If something annoys him, he just ignores it or walks away from it. He is completely relaxed and enjoying life for the first time in a long time. On Monday, Peter skips work and sleeps in. He gets up for lunch and drives down to a restaurant next to his office and asks the waitress he's had a crush on, Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), on a date. When Peter stops into the office to pick up his organizer, he's called in to talk to the efficiency experts. Relaxed and friendly, Peter charms them as he describes everything wrong with the office, including his boss. Even as Peter now appears at work only as the mood strikes him, the experts decide he's management material and give him a promotion even as they lay off the hardworking Samir and Michael. Peter then convinces his friends to exact revenge on Initech based upon an idea from Superman III. Not everything works out quite as planned. Office Space originated from writer/director Mike Judge's first animated short of the same name, created in 1991. The short was about Milton (reproduced in the film by Stephen Root), a damaged office drone whose complaints and threats about his sufferings go unheeded. ~ Ron Wells, All Movie Guide

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work sucks! by alexjb February 9, 2005 - 11:37 PM PST
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3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
why is this movie worth watching? it's slow in parts. the love interest sub-plot is a little lame. the pot-smoking next-door neighbor is not exactly inspired. the dialogue is good but not great.

BUT you should still watch it. the parts that work, work really really well. cube farms; annoying clueless bosses who have that .... really.... annoying... way.... of speaking when they're taking your life away for some meaningless deadline; the pure hopeless/helplessness of driving in traffic. judge has captured these things to a T.

then he plays a little- his characters go down the roads that so many of us have thought of- petty white collar crimes that go horribly awry; venting frustration at intransigent computer parts; finally saying "screw you" to The Man, and getting away with it! but not in a cheesy hollywood way...

finally, if you ever saw judge's short animated films with Milton, or saw stephen root as jimmy james in NewsRadio, you should watch this film for the truly brilliant acting job that Root does as Milton. pure genius in a sub-plot.

If you work in an office... by DZermeno September 29, 2004 - 8:47 AM PDT
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0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If you have EVER worked in a office, WATCH THIS MOVIE. Not only is is humorous, but you can actually sit and pick out the people in the movie that are like the people you work with! This movie is a stress reliever! If you are ever tired of working for "the man" watch this one!

gregor samsa revisited by carolynsearches June 12, 2004 - 8:41 PM PDT
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4 out of 10 members found this review helpful
a brilliant mockery of corporate life.




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