Saturday, March 28, 2020

Office Space (1999)

Please click the link to read my review of Horrible Bosses, another workplace revenge-comedy that also features Jennifer Anniston. 

Synopsis: Hilarity ensues when boring computer nerds working tedious jobs pull a non-violent heist, and then spend the last half of the film worrying about it. 
Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “Work sucks.” 
What Did I Learn?: The fear of losing one’s job will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired. 2) Corporate Accounting will almost certainly notice $305,326.13 when it goes missing. 3) Minimum Security prison is no picnic. 4) Saying: “looks like someone’s got a case of the Mondays” on a construction site will likely lead to an ass-kicking. 
Really?: Funny how the film establishes Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole in an inspired performance) as Peter’s main antagonist, but he more-or-less disappears once Michael and Samir get fired, and this conflict doesn’t lead anywhere. 
Rating: From Beavis and Butthead to King of the Hill to the movie Idiocracy, Mike Judge has demonstrated a knack for creating clever observational comedy, and Office Space might be his finest creation. Office Space is a funny, and all-too-believable satire of the modern workplace, even when it ventures into the absurd. My only real complaint is that the film loses some juice at the midway point, so its humour becomes entirely plot-driven, and the audience is treated to a few pointless scenes, such as Peter’s dream sequence trial or Orlando Jones' cameo. Still, highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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