Office Space

Office Space

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Director: Mike Judge

Cast: Mike Judge, Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman

     
 

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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

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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.

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All Movie Guide - Skyler Miller
Mike Judge's first live-action feature, inspired by his animated short of the same name, manages to work some hilariously pointed jabs at corporate culture into its good-natured, meandering plot. Dissatisfied with his job at a lifeless technology company, the laid-back Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) undergoes a mishap during hypnosis therapy and begins to live out his work-related fantasies -- talking back to his boss, destroying office equipment, and playing Tetris on the clock. He also gains the courage to ask out Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), a beautiful waitress he's long had his eye on. Although the subplots involving an embezzling scheme and the requisite romantic misunderstandings between Peter and Joanna are dispensable, Office Space contains many genuinely inspired and memorable scenes, such as the severe beating of an office printer, a party celebrating a co-worker's insurance settlement, and a discussion of how many "pieces of flair" Joanna should wear on her uniform. All of these scenes have something to say about the maddening absurdity of corporate culture, and they're delivered with a gentle yet committed brand of comedy. Jokes are pushed far enough to be funny, but not so far as to become tedious. This mild sense of humor, along with Judge's keen awareness of how the daily grind of office work can drive people a little crazy, makes Office Space an accessible, entertaining satire.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
UPC:
0024543044994
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Livingston Peter Gibbons
Jennifer Aniston Joanna
David Herman Michael Bolton
Ajay Naidu Samir
Alexandra Wentworth Anne
Diedrich Bader Lawrence
Stephen Root Milton
Gary Cole Bill Lumbergh
Richard Riehle Tom Smykowski
John C. McGinley Bob Slydell
Todd Duffey Brian (waiter)

Technical Credits
Mike Judge Director,Screenwriter
Stacy Brownrigg Sound/Sound Designer
Melinda Eshelman Costumes/Costume Designer
John Frizzell Score Composer
Nancy Klopper Casting
Edward Mcavoy Production Designer
James W. Murray Asst. Director
Adele Plauche Art Director
Daniel Rappaport Producer
David Rennie Editor
Guy Riedel Executive Producer
Michael Rotenberg Producer
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer

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Office Space 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie provides a unique humor that viewers have been deprived of for too long. The humorous interactions between the employers and the employee won't allow you to look at your boss the same. This movie also makes you think about quitting your boring deskjob to take up fishing for the rest of your life. It made me feel great seeing someone that gave up all that seemed important and is now the happiest man on earth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk about a day in the life, ha! Reminded me of a company I once had the pleasure of working with. The general feelings within our org were right on target with these. I loved it! If you have an office job, this is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a time when Corporate America is going through some trying times, Office Space couldn't have picked a better time for its release. Whether he knows it or not, Mike Judge has portrayed in his movie the true act of Corporate downsizing, restructure, and management. Everyone from the bottom to the top in the working force of America will be able to relate to this movie either in one of the characters or occurrences to the business portrayed in Office Space. This is a must see movie for everyone out there working to make their ends meet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like one of the previous reviewers said, this is one I would actually buy, and probably will. I just rented it and I laughed so much! One of my coworkers said she had seen this in the theater while at her previous job--in the middle of a work day, even--and the place was packed w/ people playing hooky! You just have to see it because talking about it doesn't do it justice. I liked the use of rap music, and the ''beat down'' scene was great. In any case, rent it, buy it or borrow it, this is a good hour and a half to spend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Office Space starring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston is definitely a great stress reliever. By exploring the lives of three software engineers and their boss, it does a great job of showing the immorality in the workplace. It shows how the employees who work hard get nothing, and the employees who do nothing get promoted. Office Space does an extraordinary job of making fun of the working class. You¿ll even find yourself laughing at the simple things, like ¿the case of the Mondays¿. After watching this movie, you¿ll feel both relieved and elated about your own work experience, and maybe take with you a few pointers on how to deal along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Office Space is a movie that is both hilarious, yet seriously similar to the lives of the working class. This movie staring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston truly show the struggles of the working class. You'll find yourself laughing even at the simpliest things such as the 'case of the Mondays'. Be prepared to find situations similar to your own working environment. The good thing is this movie will make you feel a whole lot better about your own situation. Office Space is one movie that will not disappoint.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Office Space" might be a comedy, but it's also a surprisingly disturbing movie. Underneath its breezy, easygoing demeanor, this is a movie about the corrosive alienation of modern office life. What's most amazing in the scenes at the office itself are how few people you see. That is because everyone is inside their own cubicle, wrapped in their own worlds. In fact, when, at one point, a character knocks out one wall of his cubicle to get a view, we sense that this is really kind of a scream for help. As anyone who has worked inside an office can tell you, the modern office might be good for some laughs, but it is a profoundly uncomfortable, disturbing (and disturbed) place. Give "Office Space" credit for exposing this, while making us laugh at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I swear anyone who has ever worked in an office or call center MUST watch this movie because everyone can relate to what the cast goes through and put a little laughter into our horrible work life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is a riot. On the other hand it is also scary because it such an accurate portrayal of life as an office drone. Been there, done that! Watching this was like reliviing most of my time spent in the cublicle world. As far as dark comedies this has to rank as one of my favorites.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well this was one of those movies, you always heard about but never saw it. Finally saw it and you can relate to some of the stuff. There are some sad and hilarious moments.
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I bought this movie because it was cheap a while back. Never in a million years did I expect it to be as good as it is!! I watch it at least once a month! The sound track is awesome and there are so many great lines in it you will be repeating them for weeks. One bad aspect of it is that the movie definately drops off for the last 30 minutes towards the end. However the first 1:15 you will rolling on the floor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY FUNNY MOVIE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must have, I've seen it 8 times and its still funny! Gets me everytime. THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNNIEST MOVIES EVER!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, its one of those movies. Not so good at first, but each time you watch it, it just gets more funny. A must buy, and a must watch at least 4 times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best films to be made in a long time. It's funny, but not at the expense of lossing it's satiric intelligence. All I can say is, ''That't be greeeeaaaatt!''
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is almost too funny for words. It's one of the few movies i'd ever consider buying. this is destined to become an all time classic. rob livingston is friggin hysterical in this. ''Yeah, uh, I'm gonna need you to go out and buy this dvd. thanks.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I can't relate to this movie although there were some really funny parts to it. I've never worked in an office, but I almost did once. It looked like the epitimy of ''squishland''. The Stapler was the Protagonist in this little movie adventure. I do understand that it holds more than one concrete example of Corporate America and what it stands for:1. It holds only most things together and also creates an ''attachment'' of loyal trust. Oh but I mustn't forget that bright orange radiates a friendly feeling! Buy one today!!! :o)