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Office Space (1999) is one of those films I have never watched because Jennifer Aniston is in it. As a rule of thumb if a Friends actor is in a movie its best not to watch it, the popular sitcom actors only in the films back then to draw a bigger audience. Aniston was the only one who really blossomed after Friends and so I have seen one or two of her films recently, why I finally thought I would give this one ago.
It’s by Mike Judge, the creator of American cartoon series Hank Hill and Beavis & Butthead, Office Space, Judges first real attempt at a regular movie. Judge brings his tedious previous life of working in an office to the big screen and his satirical send up of that life making this a cult hit in geek circles. It bombed in the cinema but hit a nerve with those poor white-collar slaves suffering real office drudgery and word of mouth saw it become a solid DVD earner. Judge would have a follow up cult hit with Idiocracy (2006) but surprisingly little since, considering his unique and funny filmmaking skills, the sort of Ricky Gervais of America. Being born in Ecuador adds to his enigmatic appeal as a filmmaker.
Computer programmer Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) works for Initech, his job to change the dates on other companies software programs as the year of 2000 approaches, the so-called ‘millennium bug’ threat. Most software written in the olden days would print the year as "75" instead of "1975". The expectation was that software written in such a way would fail -- perhaps catastrophically -- when the year changed from 1999 ("99") to 2000 ("00").
It’s a boring job but someone’s got to do it and Gibbons life firmly in a rut because of, workmates Michael (David Herman) and Samir (Ajay Naidu) equally insecure and drowning in rent, dreading yet another weekend’s overtime drudgery. Their dickhead boss Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) has just called in time & motion guys to make another round of cuts and has them in his sights.
Meanwhile Peter is going through occupational hypnotherapy due to the instance of his girlfriend Anne (Alexandra Wentworth) to save their relationship. During their last meeting on a Friday afternoon the Doctor drops dead of a heart attack. Peter is empowered by this moment, a changed man when he gets up the following morning. He is reborn and isn’t about to work on Saturday for Lumbergh.
Peter seizes the day with his new found cool and confidence and finally asks out pretty waitress Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), as equally disaffected in her job. Peter is not about to resign his job either but simply ‘stopped going to work’. The time & motion guys are impressed with Peter in his interview on what he does at the company and his new found confidence levels and ready to promote him. But Peter isn’t sticking around and when both Samir and Michael face being let go the trio plot to rip the company off to pay for their retirement.
I’m glad I saw it, not the greatest film ever but packed with good ideas and funny in-jokes that a white-collar audience will love. Right from the opening static on the door handle joke I was chuckling away at the office politics situations and comedy of manners approach. The white middle-class guy singing along to gangster rap word perfect in his car on the morning commute trying to avoid eye contact with black people was spot on.
Although that now signature Mike Judge humor wasn’t layered on thick in the film you can experience just enough here to know that the guy could make a seriously good movie one day but clearly one of those directors that only makes and creates what he wants to do until he has something good on the typewriter.
Acting wise Ron Livingstone is rather good as the lazy comic lead and able to handle the reasonable intelligent slapstick to generate laughs with the good script. Jennifer Aniston is only their as token famous totty to sell the movie and good support by the unknown cast with the token geek, hard working ethnic and the rest of the office clichés deliberately lined up.
I laughed more in the first half of the film was the humor and characters were established but soon drifted into Chevy Chase territory in the second act as it became more familiar in delivery. Using the Superman 3 plot I was not expecting. I’m glad I have finally seen it though and although its $10 budget has only pulled back $12 million back in those 15 long years it was worth the experience just for its original feel and humor. One to catch on Film4 or Sky movies store.
Imdb.com – 7.8/10.0 (183,546votes)
Rottentomatos.com –% critic’s approval
Metacriitc.com – 68% critic’s approval
Leonard Maltin Film Year Book – 2/4
"Office Space" is a 1999 film which was written and directed by Mike Judge, who is known for directing such films as "Beavis and Butt-Head Do America" (1996), "Idiocracy" (2006) and "Extract" (2009), as well as being the creator of "Beavis and Butt-Head".
Warning: Spoilers will likely be given during this review.
The film was 89 minutes in length and starred Ron Livingston ("Swingers", "Band of Brothers", "The Cooler") as Peter Gibbons, Jennifer Aniston ("Friends", "Bruce Almighty", "Rock Star") as Joanna, and Stephen Root ("King of the Hill", "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story", "Jersey Girl") as Milton Waddams.
The plot for the film reads as follows: A comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Peter Gibbons is a bored IT technician at Initech. As a result of his hypnotherapist dying while he was putting Peter into a relaxed state, he finds himself a changed man and sees the world in a very different light. Over the course of the film, Peter and his two colleagues, Samir and Michael, are seen to get a payday out of the company because it's realised that the company is downsizing and Peter's two friends will be out of a job. Add in some quirky characters like Milton Waddams who hasn't been paid for ages because they've not actually told him he's been fired, or Peter's neighbour, Lawrence, who can be heard through the very thin walls, and Peter's boss, Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole), and you have a comedy which didn't really hit the headlines in the Box Office, but became a cult classic when it was released on the small screen. Is it any good? Let's find out!
The film starts out with Peter, Samir and Michael on the freeway in their own separate cars and it's a typical rush hour traffic jam. Peter looks dismayed as he inches forward, switches lanes and tries to get ahead but to no avail. Samir is getting frustrated with the traffic and he lets out a great line which gets me every time: "Mother... shitter... Son of an... ass. I just.." Michael isn't too fussed with the jam and is rapping in his car but when a black man crawls past him, he quietens down and winds up his window. Milton is sat at the bus stop and he's mumbling that it's late. That's your introduction to the four main characters but they're just the icing on the cake. The likes of Lumbergh, Joanna and the two Bob's are just as good.
There are many very funny scenes - too many to detail in one review and too many to give away - but one that sticks out is where Peter is having a meeting with the two Bob's about downsizing and finds out that his friends are on the chopping block. There is a running joke thoughout the film where a few people can't get the pronunciation of Samir's surname, Nagheennajar. Bob Porter says "We're gonna be getting rid of these people here... First, Mr. Samir Naga... Naga... Naga... Not gonna work here anymore, anyway." Samir himself highlights the problem with his name in a conversation with Michael, to which Michael replies: "At least your name isn't Michael Bolton". There are another couple of lines where Michael talks of a 'no-talent ass clown' becoming famous and Samir asks why he doesn't go by Mike instead of Michael and the retort is "Why I should I change? He's the one who sucks."
We can't go through the review without mentioning a scene or two which involves Milton and his recurring theme is that his desk keeps getting moved. One scene in particular is where he's mumbling on the phone to someone about his moving and during the conversation he says "and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married." Now some people will see the real meaning of that, and those that don't, well, you'll probably not understand the film, either! Another funny part involving Milton is where Peter asks him to turn his radio down a little. Milton goes on a ramble that he told Lumbergh that if Sandra can listen to her headphones then he should be able to listen to his radio "at a reasonable volume between nine and eleven."
Other notable scenes include Joanna's pieces of flair problem at her place of employment, Chotchkie's. She's told the minimum amount of pieces must be fifteen, but her boss (played by Mike Judge) wants her to wear more. Joanna goes on a rant about wearing 37 pieces like her co-worker, Brian, and expresses herself by flipping him off and quitting. Another scene I loved was where Samir and Michael have served their final day at Initech and Peter walks out with them. Peter has stolen a printer and in a slow motion action scene the three of them smash it to pieces. Probably the most underrated scene comes in Peter's apartment when he has his neighbour, Lawrence, over for a few beers. Peter asks him what he'd do if he had a million dollars and Lawrence replied with a stone face: "Two chicks at the same time." Peter is then asked the same question and he says he'd do nothing, to which Lawrence replies "You don't need a million dollars to do nothing, man. Take a look at my cousin. He's broke and don't do shit."
The characters are wonderful in creation and are played brilliantly by the actors in question. I'm not going to go into detail on all of them, but I can't write this review without talking about a few of them at least.
Milton Waddams is my favourite character in the film, and I suspect he will be the favourite of many. His mumbling ways are a joy to watch and he has some great dialogue in the film. Stephen Root is perfect for the role and he really took Milton to heart when he portrayed him here. Some of the best scenes in the film are with Milton, especially the one-liners he comes out with. He's the type of person who wants to be assertive and speak his mind, but he doesn't have the self esteem for it and often mutters the things he wants to say under his breath in a manner that most can't hear, or choose not to. I enjoy the directorial emphasis on his thick glasses, and his eyes seem huge as Root purposely rolls them around in the lens area.
Peter Gibbons is the type of guy everyone gets on with, but his boss would say his work ethics leave a lot to be desired. In Joanna he sees the woman of his dreams, and pursues her with a passion after he was left hypnotised. It gave him a clearer train of thought and she became everything he wanted and likes the same things he does. Ron Livingston takes the part of Peter to heart and he seems to find it pretty easy to play the character. His new-found laid back attitude helps him keep the job he hates, even though he does nothing at work anyway and generally slacks off each day, doing just enough to get by.
I do enjoy Gary Cole in his role as Bill Lumbergh. His mannerisms are something that he seems to have worked on and his depiction of the character is very good as he's shown in many scenes that are funny. Lumbergh thinks he's a lot cooler than he actually is and over-estimates his own importance a little too often. He attempts to be a boss that does things for employees which are aimed at boosting morale, but nobody seems interested in them. On-screen he comes across as someone nobody wants to work for and there's a distinct lack of respect for him, but if he was my boss I think I'd like the guy.
In summary, this is a film you're going to like if you're a fan of Deadpan humour, but if you're not I don't think you're going to enjoy it as much. What you have to remember here is that this is a film from the guy that gave Beavis and Butt-Head to the world, and a lot of that comedy is instilled into this live action film. Personally, I love it, and it's one of my favourite comedy films of all time. It takes a special film to become a cult classic and this is every bit that special. Don't just take my word for it, though. Buy it and find out for yourselves. You'll thank me later.
The critics, for the most part, loved the film:
Film4: "So good, you should quit work to see it."
Village Voice: "A surprisingly good-natured comedy about the suppressed rage and paranoia of unappreciated employees."
Empire Magazine: "A shapeless comedy of little merit."
Variety: "Uproarious, cunning!"
TIME Magazine: "Some horrible Monday, why not cut work to see it?"
My rating: 9/10
I had 2 pounds left on a gift card for HMV or WHSmiths, I can't remember which, and for some reason this DVD caught my eye, I think it was the cover, the man covered in sticky notes, quite comical. I'd also remembered hearing the name of the film somewhere before, but to this day I have still not remembered where I heard it! Anyway, with the film being a measly 2 pounds on sale I thought I may aswell use the voucher because it was taking up room in my wallet (which I would love to someday have a bit of money in), and I was intrigues to find out with this film was about. Fro some reason I had the feeling it would be hilarious, brilliant, fantastic, amazing, blockbuster material. I was so wrong.
Immediate thoughts were "Why didn't I choose a better two pound film on sale?!". I was absolutely gutted! The film is so boring and although the plot's clever, I really don't like it one bit. The characters are okay, they're nothing special and I didn't empathise with the antagonist much, which in my mind shows a lack of appeal and development of the character. Although Jennifer Aniston did make my viewing somewhat worth while, but nly because of her looks, er character wasn't very well developed. I think there's an issue with the writings of this film, there's a real lack of empathy for all of the characters and I'm really unsure as to why that is!
Basically, there's this office worker at Initech Corporation - Peter Gibbons - who undergoes therapy in an attempt to help him relax more as he can't stand his job, the only problem is that his therapist dies halfway through treatment, leaving him halfway through his therapy, under some form of hypnosis type thing, which makes him incredibly laid-back and care-free. This results in him being late for work (if he decides to turn up), ultimately neglects his job but does get a girlfreind however (Jennifer Aniston).
I endured the whole 85 minutes of this mind-numbing comedy and most of the time I was thinking "What made me buy this?", but admittedly there were some good parts! (I won't spoil it for you, don't worry...) I found the film to drag and I just didn't get in to it at all. But you never know, you might like it.
The cast include: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader
For me the only cast member that stood out was Jennifer Aniston, as I said before.
Mike Judge, creator of Beavis and Butthead (- I don't see the appeal of these two goons either), was both director and writer of the film, and this may be where the weaknesses were - I think he should have stuck with cartoons...even though they too disappointed me tremendously. He also helped produce the film, along with Daniel Rappaport, Guy Riedel and Michael Rotenberg. It is given a certificate of 15, due to the language and references to sex.
I advise you to spend the 85 minutes of your life doing something other than watching this film, unfortunately it's too late for me, but there's still hope for you. It's available for around 4 GBP nowadays but I really wouldn't advise you to buy this unless you're a film critic looking for something to unleash your anger out at through the medium of words. Absolutely rubbish is all I can sum it up as, because here on dooyoo we don't use naughty words.
Dear, reader. Are you somebody who's got a full-time job, or has experienced employment where you hated your boss, co-workers, and just sick - not satisfied with what your life as become? Do you feel you need a change of direction? Well do we have a movie for you.
From Mike Judge - the genius (respectfully) who brought us "Beavis and Butt-head" and "King of the Hill". Based on a short cartoon series on "Saturday Night Live" named "Milton", he decided to take a simple, quick, amateur cartoon and turn it into a feature film. So would this count as an SNL movie? Well, I think a better question is: "Is this a good movie?".
Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), is a white collar worker who hates his job, co-workers, bosses, and isn't really enjoying his current way of life. His only line of support is his two friends Michael Bolton (David Herman) and Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu), who also work with him as software programmers at Initech.
Just for the heck of it, Peter attends a meeting with a hypnotist. He gets hypnotised, entering a state of bliss, and just before the Hypnotist snaps Peter out of his trance - he drops dead. Keeping Peter in a state of nirvana. This activates Peter to begin going against protocol, not showing up to work, dressing up casually, and sitting in his cubical playing games on his computer all day (I'm sure people don't do that... right?). Letting go of all problems and sporting on a new attitude.
During a downsizing, his presence is noticed, in which he gets promoted but his friends get canned. To get back at the company, the three of them design a plot to install a virus to obtain funds from the company, taking fractions of a cent and putting them into their account (Just like in Superman III). However, things don't pan out the way they had planned.
The leading actor (Livingston), I think was a great choice. You could look at the reactions on his face and you totally understand what he's going through and relate. His performance was sort of flat, but that's probably what the character needed. In summary... he did alright.
The two buddies were great supporters. Watching these guys interact with each other, felt very natural and added more comic relief. Recognition for David Herman. He's blunt, crude, and truthful. And watching, nerdy white people swearing I find is very funny for some reason.
There is an eclectic amount of exaggerated characters. Yet, funny enough, my favourite character is an inanimate object - The Printer. The fact that it's not a living being , but is still f-ing with them, I just find is one of the most funniest things. My favourite scene in the movie involves the guys taking the printer out in the middle of a field and beating the s*** out of it with a baseball bat. While rap music ("Still" - Geto Boys) is playing in the background. My stomach was literally aching from all the laughing.
The segments with the Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) and Milton (Stephen Root), feel straight out of the cartoon shorts. It's serial seeing them in the flesh. This just alone, is worthy of an exceptional adaptation, and just keeps bringing on the funny!
This is a great production that Mike Judge wrote and directed. How he finds humour in the most frustrating and depressing problems in our daily lives is a talent. Taking real social issues and situations, and creating something in his own vision. I would like to describe this as an "American, dark comedy" (if that makes sense). It's smart, but silly. It also reminds me of that American comic strip "Dilbert".
The sub-plot, love story I didn't feel was necessary. I'm not sure if it was just filler, or to bring in more people who want to see a romantic element. It seemed forced in, but it could have been okay if they excluded Jennifer Aniston.
The first time I watched this, I didn't even experience my first job yet. So, until you have been broken into the work life of a dreadful "9 to 5" shift. I had a better understanding, and appreciated this more. I love the idea of someone just deciding one day to say "No", going against the grain, and change up the status quo.
I will say, if you hate your job and fantasise about committing terrible things, to harm people you don't like.
Or you're just unhappy with your current lifestyle. You should see this. It's like comedic medicine. Or some form of anger management. Simply put, if you have a job, I recommend this movie.
This film is an inspiration to anyone that has a repetitive job, trapped in the ratrace with the same commute, same annoying colleagues, a sense their life is going nowhere and working hard for no praise.
It's an inspiration. I watched this whilst I was working in an office and it just made me change the way I worked
The script is fantastic, Mike Judge is clearly a very talented individual and the main character, played by relative unknown Ron Livingston alongside Jennifer Aniston, who actually acts in this really well, blends together and makes it all feel realistic.
Recently I leant this to a friend who found out he is being made redundant from a big (un-named) bank, so is losing his job. He watched this and it cheered him up no end.
The smashing of a certain piece of office equipment to a fantastic hip-hop soundtrack is one of my favourite ever movie moments and the soundtrack itself is a gem.
I watched Office Space on DVD recently as I picked it up for under £5. I thought the movie was extremely funny although I have to admit it might not be to eveyone's tastes. I could relate to alot of the jokes having worked in an office for most of my working life, whereas if you haven't then some of the office in jokes could go over your head and not be funny. In my opinion it was very witty and although some of the scenes use crude humour, for the most part the movie is tame enough. Having said that I wouldn't recommend it for younger viewers.
The plot of the movie is relatively simple. Peter Gibbons played by Ron Livingston is the main character. Every day he drags himself into work to do a 9-5 boring desk job where nothing ever changes and there's no excitement. Every day he goes in thinking he will hate it and he normally does. He has two close friends in the company who are Samir Nayeenanajar played by Ajay Naidu and Michael Bolton played by David Herman. It's one of those jobs that just saps the life out of you and you don't have the energy to find another one or do anything.
The cast of characters are great. As well as the main three characters there is a great performance from Peter's boss, Bill Lumbaugh played by Gary Cole. He is a very irritating man who wanders about the office with his cup of coffee waiting to deliver bad news to his employees like working late.
However, things change for Peter one day when he goes to see a hypnotist at the request of his girlfriend. He is left stress free and with no worries. Instead of working on Saturday and Sunday as his boss requested he just lies in and doesn't bother. When he goes back to work he does things how he wants and at his own pace and doesn't care if he gets fired. The run really begins now as he ends up being promoted by two efficiency experts brought in to cut costs, much to his amazement!
The movie develops into a plot about Peter's plan for revenge against the company he works for. So they start to formulate a plan to bring down the company they hate from within.
Right from the start of this movie I thought Office Space was very funny and had a lot of dry humour and is quite subtle and not always right in your face. I found that I could relate to alot of the comedy in this film from the outset helped by the fact that I could understand the feelings about working in an office like this where you are really just a number rather than a person. There are characters just in real life that are abused more than others by the powers that be.
I thought that office space is an original and fun idea and watch out for a great ending too. I recommend it to anyone who works in this environment, but equally even if you haven't you may well enjoy it.
Picture the scene: it's five minutes before my first lesson of the day is about to begin. I need to make a few last-minute photocopies, so I put the piece of paper in, shut the lid and press 'go.' The photocopier makes a whirring sound, as if it's considering doing what you've asked, and then suddenly it makes the beeping sound of death. All the buttons start flashing red and it tells you there's a paper jam. I start pulling open every possible drawer and door looking for the stuck paper, but there isn't any as far as I can see, so I go back to my classroom photocopy-less and considerably angrier than when I first arrived at work.
If this scene sounds familiar to you, which it almost undoubtedly does, then you will enjoy this film and most likely find it humorous.
Made in 1999, the story centres around an office worker named Peter Gibbons, and his two software-technician colleagues, Samir Nagheenanajar and Michael Bolton (not the Michael Bolton, although you can imagine the comments people make.) Peter hates his job- within the first ten minutes of the film he is asked on three different occasions, by three different bosses, to put the correct cover sheet on his TPS reports.
His protests that he does fully understand the new policy, and that he simply forgot, fall on deaf ears. Unfortunately this is exactly the type of pedantry you imagine going on in an office- or in fact, in any job!
At the request of his girlfriend, he goes to see a hypnotist, who puts him into a relaxed state of mind and promptly dies before he can snap his fingers to wake Peter up. As you can guess, this then means that Peter remains in his relaxed state, which doesn't bode well for his reputation at work, but does mean that his attitude to his job completely changes. Once he realises that he doesn't have to do what he's doing, everything changes for him, and he even plucks up the courage to ask out the woman of his dreams- the Chotchkie's waitress, Joanna, played by Jennifer Aniston.
The first 45 minutes or so of this film are the funniest, since they are setting the scene, and are reminiscent of the mockumentary 'The Office.' Peter's boss, Bill Lumbergh, played by Gary Cole, is a particularly gruesome character who has several catchphrases and is never seen without a half-drunk mug of coffee in his hand.
After this the film does lose a fair bit of its humour, though it's still entertaining enough to make it worth watching the whole thing.
However, the focus is less on the satirical elements of working in an office and more on the story that emerges as a result of the film's introduction. I would have liked to have seen more elements of satire.
The acting is good enough, even if it isn't exactly outstanding. Possibly the most impressive performance comes from Stephen Root, who plays Milton- the character whose comic strip inspired the film in the first place (Mike Judge's animated shorts).
Mike Judge wrote and directed this film, and also did Beavis and Butthead (don't let that put you off!) Apparently the apartments where Peter lives are called the 'Morningwood apartments'- a reference to a frequent Beavis and Butthead theme.
Jennifer Aniston has a disappointingly lifeless role. Perhaps she could have done more with the script she was given, but I'm not convinced that this is the case.
It has an unusual soundtrack, in that every song is rap music, based on what Michael Bolton enjoys listening to. Most comedies choose a more neutral or pop-based soundtrack, so this was a refreshing departure from the norm.
It's a shame this film had such a disappointing run at the box office. It may not be to everyone's taste, but I certainly wouldn't mind paying the cost of a cinema ticket to watch it.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Mike Judge shot to fame as the genius behind the MTV cartoon Beavis and Butthead, which firmly dissected the "airhead" culture, as well as pop culture in general and the latest music releases. However, in 1999 he released his masterwork, a live action film this time, about the drudgery of the office that will resonate almost instantly with anyone that has ever worked a desk job.
The film's protagonist is Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), an officer worker who hates his life and his job as a programmer for a bank, preparing for the Y2K switchover. His co-workers include Samir Nagheenanajar, a very tense and angry guy, and also Michael Bolton, who hates having the same name as the singer of the same name. Also, there's Milton Waddams who is the pushover of the office and is basically just totally mistreated by his superiors, leaving him in a mumbling, dejected wreck most of the time, strangely covetting his stapler.
The real highlight of the film is Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole), a smarmy man who is the Vice President of the firm, and simply unloads his work onto others. However, when Peter is hypnotised and the hypnotist dies before he can undo it, Peter is left in a perpetually carefree state, not caring about anything and, strangely enough, actually benefitting from it, getting a raise and making it to a middle management level. However, from here, the three hatch a plan to rip the bank off, stealing a plot from Superman III, where they siphon off just a penny or two from remaindered dollars and keep it for themselves.
The by-now iconic "printer assault" scene alone makes this film watching, yet the surrounding 85 minutes are equally hilarious. This if anything shows that Mike Judge isn't a one trick pony with Beavis and Butthead.
Office Space is a 1999 comedy that somehow became a cult classic, after not selling too well at release. I think this was mainly because viewers could relate to Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston); a programmer working for a management heavy company named Initech. You are introduced to his depressing and repetitive daily life with annoying workmates and a (hilariously) patronising boss. After having hypnotherapy, Peter changes and makes a program to steal from the company which is where the main plot really starts.
Although a comedy, Office Space has tried to include all the real troubles in an office such as paper jams, slow computers and Judge created some very memorable scenes. (Smashing the printer always makes me laugh).
I wouldn't say all of Office Space is funny because it's ten years old and some of its humour just didn't work for me. There were a few too many characters (nice to see John C. McGinley as Bob Slydell) and it definitely weakened in the middle of the movie but it's still one I would watch again.
If you work in an office and find work tedious then you'll probably love this movie and enjoy comparing your life in a comical way.
I got sent this DVD by mistake and was told to keep it as it wasn't my fault. I hadn't intended on watching this DVD because I'd never even heard of it but I had a look on the back and decided as it was free it was worth checking out.
This film is all about this guy who has absolutely had enough of his job. He puts up with bosses who do nothing but slurp coffee all day. The opening scenes were the only ones to make me chuckle as they involved the poor guy being told off for a simple mistake, that he'd already rectified, about ten times over. He was asked "didn't you get the memo?" and replied "sure, I've got it right here, it was just a mistake that's sorted now". The boss went on "right, but all TPS reports need the new cover sheets now, that's why we sent round the memo. I'll send you a new memo". The office worker just sits there stunned and I can totally relate to how he feels!
Although it seems like slapstick comedy, and really it is, it's slapstick comedy that most office workers will see an element of truth in.
As the film progresses, the humour dies down a little and there's some drama involved too. A couple of the characters annoyed me a bit and I was surprised by Jennifer Aniston's rather mundane role in this. But overall I was happy to sit and watch this.
It costs £4.97 from Amazon and I'm not sure it's worth a fiver to be honest. If you see it on sale for £3 or it comes on the telly then sure, it's worth a watch. I don't think it's worth much money though as I wouldn't want to watch this a second time. Once it's been done, it's not going to be funny a second time.
I should also say that the acting in this was very good, I think it's the lack of a great story that makes this a bit dull overall.
I personally think this is a must-watch for anyone who has had to, or indeed still has to, deal with working in an office. The mindless tedium of bureaucracy, of being endlessly reminded to fill in the right forms strikes a painfully familiar note, and I don't think there are many office-workers who won't enjoy a quiet giggle at the scene with the destruction of the fax machine.
It's the story of three IT workers who, on discovering that their company is to be downsized and two of them laid off, hatch a "perfect plan" which will enable them to quietly wring a small fortune out of the company's coffers without anyone noticing - so they think.
For me, this film had a giggle a minute, and I've happily gifted it to several friends. However, one did note that it made uncomfortable viewing for her, as it just made her too embarrassed for the characters to keep watching. If you're the type who can't watch "The Office" due to the squirmy factor, this is probably one to avoid. Otherwise, at £4.97 from Amazon it's worth picking up.
Work, who likes it?
If the answer to that question is, "I do", you probably won't enjoy this film. But if, like my (and probably most of the population) you don't, then I doubt you'll stop laughing until well after the credits have rolled.
The tag line of this film is work sucks, that's a good summary of the content of this film. Work to many is a necessary evil.
Peter Gibbons, played by Ron Livingstone, is in office hell, the daily monotony, the constant harassment from his many supervisors and managers. Hounded by meaningless reports and memo's, he feels that his life is not his own, he can't even get out of working weekends, despite some excellent advice on getting out of it from his next door neighbour Lawrence.
His boss Bill Lumbergh, played by Gary Cole, who some may remember from the excellent and bizarre American Gothic series and Midnight Caller.
The tension at work is increased when consultants are brought in.
Peter is a man at the end of his tether. He thinks his girlfriend is cheating on him, his life is a state.
He fancies a waitress who works at their local coffee shop, Chotchkie's, but hasn't got the nerve to ask her out.
So who better to see than a psychic, recommended by his girlfriend Anne. He is sceptical, but gives it a try. This meeting gives Peter a completely new outlook on life. I won't say what happens at the meeting as it would spoil that part of the film.
His main friends at work are Samir Nagheenanajar (who nobody can pronounce) and Michael Bolton
(is that your real name? are you related to the singer guy?)
He starts slacking off at work and not turning up, he tells people what he is thinks. Instead of getting him fired it gets him promoted. However, his work friends are not so lucky.
He finally asks out the waitress, Joanna, played by Jennifer Aniston, the hair from Friends, in one of her first film roles, she accepts and they become an item. Joanna is also having problems at work. Her boss favours another, particularly annoying employee, because he toes the company line without question, whereas she doesn't.
One of the staff at Initech, Milton always seems to get a raw deal. He mumbles and wears Mr Magoo glasses, but it's impossible not to like him. His desk keeps getting moved and well he just loves his red Swingline stapler. I believe they had to start making them because of the demand after this film was released. There is a hilarious scene where Milton is waiting to get a piece of Bill Lumbergh's Birthday cake.
Listen closely to what Milton mumbles, there's a clue to what will happen later in the film. When Peter's friends are laid off he takes it badly and comes up with a plan to rip off Initech and gets Samir and Michael to go along with it.
All does not go well and there seems no way out but some time in a "federal pound you in the ass prison".
There is a great final twist at the end of the film, that will have you smiling.
Many of you may know Mike Judge from his animated work, Beavis and Butt Head (don't let that put you off) and King of the Hill. This film is based upon another of his animated work "Milton". I must admit that I have not seen the Milton animations, I imagine they would be a bit like the Dilbert cartoon. Incidentally, Mike Judge plays Joanna's boss at Chotchkie's.
I found every scene hilarious, it's hardly been out of my DVD player since my girlfriend bought it for me last Christmas. There are no extra features on the DVD, this hardly matters with a film this funny.
In case you wondered, I do work in an office, and it is very much like the one in this film. Perhaps that helps when you watch it.
The music in the film is mostly gangster rap, Michael is a big rap fan. There is quite bit of swearing in the film, so if that is a no-no with you then you might not enjoy it.
There was talk of an Office Space 2, as Office Space has not reached cult status, however Mike Judge had so much hassle making this one he decided otherwise.
If you've ever had printer problems, I work in computers so I've had more than my own fair share, then you will get a good kick out of this film for sure, there is a scene designed especially with you in mind.
Ron Livingston : Peter Gibbons
Jennifer Aniston : Joanna
David Herman : Michael Bolton
Ajay Naidu : Samir Nagheenanajar
Diedrich Bader : Lawrence
Stephen Root : Milton Madams
Gary Cole : Bill Lumbergh
Richard Riehle : Tom Smykowski
Running Time : 85 Minutes Approx.
Certificate : 15
Special Features : Trailer
Oh, and don't forget next Friday is Hawaiian shirt day.
I love this movie, i have to say this is one of my favourite movies ever. This movie is filled with so much humour, especialy Milton(Stephen Root) he is a realy funny character.
Now the movie is about a guy which he realy hates his job and hes realy fed up of working in the company and tries to quit eventualy he meets up with a girl and thats when the character starts to develop more .The movie starts out by showing a day in the guys work and from there it starts sinking into the plot.
It also has Miltons part where he always gets outcasted from work and he always threatens to burn down the building, which in the end he finaly does.
This movie realy has it all the soundtrack is awesome "Geto Boys---Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta ","Geto Boys---Still " , the storyline is amazing, the script has been written realy well.
Some of the cast of this movie is
Ron Livingston .... Peter Gibbons
Jennifer Aniston .... Joanna
David Herman .... Michael Bolton
Ajay Naidu .... Samir Nagheenanajar
Diedrich Bader .... Lawrence
Stephen Root .... Milton Waddams
Gary Cole .... Bill Lumbergh
Richard Riehle .... Tom Smykowski
The movie is rated R for language
Came out in 1999.
i recommend this movie for everyone its realy a must see.
I've read the other opinions, and I don't think anyone quite 'got' this movie. But I did and it's one of my favourites. Sit back, do your flies up and read on. Plot - the basics: A chap called Peter works for 'Initech' in a really boring job, with no prospects, and a troop of middle managers making his life difficult. he is attending a hypnosis session when he 'put under' and conditioned to feel very relaxed about everything. Then his hypnotherapist dies before he's brought round and his life changes completely. So why's it funny?: Ron Livingston plays Peter really well, putting his glib nature across briliiantly and the two actors playing his two best mates (I won't tell you their names as it would spoil a key joke) are great in support and nearly steal the show. Even the lesser actors like the waiter in 'Chatchkies' (might have spelt that wrong) are really good and no-one really lets the side down. The script is superb, with the 'Milton'-based sub plot is well brought together with the main plot. You'll hear that the chap who wrote this wrote Beavis and Butthead - don't take any notice of that - it's nothing like it. Why d'ya like it so much Steve?: I dunno. I'm not sure why I've gone all interview style either. I watched after my brother told me to, and have seen it several times since. There are some truly inspired moments and the soundtrack (the highlight of which is 'Damn it feels good to be a gangsta') helps too. Some of the jokes will live with you. Especially when the printer or photocopier breaks at work (I won't say too much). It's a film you'll watch when you get in from the pub and should really go to bed. You'll watch it when you're off sick. And at others times also. So what were those other reviewers thinking?: I havent got a clue. Should I go to a video sh
op and get this now?: I'm not sure. Do you have time? If so then yes! If not then of course, no. Get it when you DO have time. Does Aniston get 'em out?: No, but she looks pretty good. Sorry about all that. Anyway it's really worth watching, even if you have to switch of your 'I'm really intellectual and pretended to like 'Traffic'' brain cells. Honest. Go get it.
I've just read an opnion on this film by a fellow Dooyoo member. I have one simple question swimming around in my head: Are there two versions of this film in circulation? If so, then please, please, please someone send me the funny version. This film would have been mildly amusing when I was about ten years old. It is so juvenile and dire, it makes Barney & his friends look intelligent and highly witty. I had read about this film and decided it sounded quite fun. The premise of being partly hypnotised and walking around all day without a care in the world (that does sound wonderful) interested me and I was looking forward to what I hoped would be some classic set pieces. Yes, there was a lot of classic set pieces...from films over twenty years old. And what a waste of Jennifer Aniston, although I've not particularly rated many of her silver screen activities anyway. Office space? I think it should be shoved up an orrifice space!
Office Space is a movie for anyone who's ever spent eight hours in a "Productivity Bin", had to endure a smarmy, condescending boss, had worries about layoffs, or just had the urge to demolish a temperamental printer or fax machine. Peter (Ron Livingston) spends the day doing stupefyingly dull computer work in a cubicle. He goes home to an apartment sparsely furnished by IKEA and Target, then starts for a maddening commute to work again in the morning. His co-workers in the cube farm are an annoying lot, his boss is a snide, patronising jerk, and his days are consumed with tedium. In desperation, he turns to career hypnotherapy, but when his hypno-induced relaxation takes hold, there's no shutting it off. Layoffs are in the air at his corporation and with two colleagues (both of whom are slated for the chute) he devises a scheme to skim funds from company accounts. The scam soon snowballs, however, throwing the three into a panic until the unexpected happens and saves the day. A little bit like a US version of The Office, director Mike (King of the Hill) Judge's debut movie is a spot-on look at work in corporate America circa 1999. With well-drawn characters and situations instantly familiar to the white-collar milieu, he captures the joylessness of many a cube denizen's work life perfectly. Jennifer Aniston, a waitress at Chotchkie's, a generic beer-and-burger joint, plays Peter's love interest and Diedrich Bader has a minor but hilarious turn as Peter's moustached, long-haired, drywall-installin' neighbour. --Jerry Renshaw