Office Space (1999)

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Office Space (1999)
  • Time: 89 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Mike Judge
  • Cast: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Ajay Naidu, David Herman

Storyline:

Peter Gibbons just can’t seem to catch a break. His girlfriend is cheating on him, he has an obnoxious neighbor, and he’s completely miserable with his job as a small cog in a company called Initech. Then he visits a hypnotherapist, who dies just after putting Peter into a state of complete bliss. Free of worrying about making a living, he no longer feels the need to keep his job, just as the company is going through a massive downsizing. However, his new attitude only makes him more valuable in the company’s eyes, and his friends Michael and Samir are fired instead. Together, they scheme to plant a virus inside Initech’s computer system that will pull money into their own account.

One review

  • “Office Space” is a 1999 film written and directed by Mike Judge. It has a young cast which includes Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Diedrich Bader, David Herman, Ajai Naidu, Steven Root, and some old pros – Gary Cole, John McGinley, and Paul Willson.

    The story concerns office workers who want to get out of the daily grind. One of them, Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) doesn’t want to work, and the other two (Herman and Naidu) are about to be fired. Michael Bolton (yes, that’s his name) has a program based on a plot line in Superman 3 – diverting the leftover fractions of pennies from the company payouts into their own account. It works a little too well; Bolton thinks he put a decimal wrong. They panic.

    Judge must have worked in an office, because he has the worker drone bit down perfectly – the machinery that doesn’t work, the boredom, and the clueless bosses. When Peter talks to the efficiency experts, he informs them that he only works about 15 minutes a day. Anyone who works in an office knows that there are indeed people who put in just about that amount of time, if not less.

    Aniston wasn’t a big star when this film was made – she plays a waitress who starts going with Peter.

    Nice twist at the end of this small film, and the message is, life’s too short not to find some happiness, either in what you do for work or outside of it.

    Anyone who has ever worked in an office will love this film.

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