18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This film is for everyone that has ever worked in open plan offices with stereotypical characters and managers. If you've been in this environment you will recognise every character in the film.
This was never released in the cinema in the UK and so has gone mainly unnoticed. It's now growing quicly on the cult scene with 'Office Space' quotes popping up everywhere.
Definately worth watching if you have 90mins to spare - you won't be dissappointed and you'll know most of the characters already in your own office. You may even feel sorry for Milton...!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2006
I stumbled into 'Office Space' with no idea of the plot or style, and on both counts I'm not that much the wiser having seen it. Nonetheless I find myself reaching for it time and time again, for while it's a little unfocused what does come through is the shining sense of humour, and the feeling that you, like the main character, really shouldn't worry too much about it. You may not know exactly what's going on but it will all be okay in the end.
Peter Gibbons is a generic office worker. His days consist of excrutiating commutes, inter-changable bosses and TPS reports. He visits a hypnotherapist with his partner, asking desparately if there's any way they can make him forget his days at work. It's killing him a bit every day and he knows it. But when the hypnotherapist dies halfway through obliging, the new, carefree, relaxed Peter begins to see how wonderful a life of nothing can truly be.
The film is thoroughly genuine throughout. The characters feel real and alive and the distaste with which the office treats each other is painfully funny. Everyone is caught in their own problems and it's only when Peter relaxes that he can treat the office for what it is. A lot of the film rests on Ron Livingston as Peter and he pulls it off with a kind of amiable charm that permeates the whole film. His coworkers Zamir and Michael Bolton, (no relation to the singer), are familiar and funny support, and there are memorable characters filling the office all fantastically played.
It's not perfect, midway it becomes a semi-serious crime caper that blurs from fantasy to reality with startling speed, and the subplot with Jennifer Aniston is not given the attention to make it worthy, (it could have been either developed or cut, but as it is it just feels underdone), but the humour is always present and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, and the acting is topform across the board.
Rent it if you can, it's not a film for everyone, but if you do tune into the satirical sense of humour and you don't mind a lack of real direction, you'll find it's well worth your time
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2011
From the creator of Beavis and Butthead comes this very funny, very accurate parody of life in a dotcom IT firm. Remember the year 2000 bug? That's pretty much all Ron Livingston and his co-workers do all day, sit in cubicles and update the notorious 'TPS' report. They've traded their youth for job security: sound familiar? Ron sees a shrink and, after witnessing the sudden death of the psychiatrist, he becomes detached from reality and sees things in a whole new light. His new 'couldn't care less' attitude earns him an unjustified promotion even though his more diligent friends are fired. They decide to take revenge on the firm by skimming the company's bank account electronically. It all goes wrong and they end up facing potential jail time...
Ron Livingston is superb as the job hating lead and there are some unforgettable scenes particularly the wilful, joyous destruction of the hated, random-error generating photocopier.
His slightly mad neighbour 'Laurence' is also a great character: 'hey man! the breast examination program is on TV!' he shouts through the thin dividing wall of the condominium, as Ron is watching Kung Fu with Jennifer Aniston.
Mike Judge's script and screenplay is sublime.
Watch it, it's fantastic! JP ;)
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2004
This film is quite simply genius. Not a lot happens; there's no big explosions, shoot outs, alien invasions. It's just a film about a guy (Ron Livingston on form) who gets bored of his mundane job, and decides to leave, ripping off the company in the process. The jokes are absolutely classic, and the characters are so unique and witty, yet dull and mundane that the contrasts just make this film classic. Jennifer Aniston, in a very early role filmwise, pops up as Livingston's girlfriend, and has a great seen flipping off her boss. I cannot recommend this movie enough, it's cheap and funny - the perfect movie. Created by Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead) this film is for the filmfan who likes something a little less commercial and their comedy a little different too. I cannot recommend this higher. Give it a watch...
Watch if you enjoyed: Punch Drunk Love, Being John Malkovich & Swingers.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2010
I hadn't even heard of this film until it was on TV last year and most people I've spoken to still haven't. Truly a hidden gem. I've worked in a big IT office with irritating managers, strange colleagues, uppity hardware, mind numbing work and redundancy reviews, so there's loads of recognisable and often laugh out loud moments in this film for me. However I reckon most people who've worked in any office situation will enjoy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2010
This is a very funny film indeed.A white collar worker in a high tech firm (software) is liberated from the drudgery of his existence by some hypnotherapy that goes crucially wrong when the hypnotherapist drops dead before he can release Livingston from the effects of his hypnosis.This scene alone is worth the price of the dvd.
As a newly relaxed and laid-back software engineer,he can now behave as he always wished he could.In so doing,he astounds and impresses the outside consultants who have been brought in to reorganise the company(thus confirming what we all think about outside consultants).They promote him,and are convinced he is just what the firm needs.More promotions take place and....well you have to get the dvd for the delicious denouement.The only slight drag is the appearance of Rachel(anniston-she of no acting ability) as his girlfriend.
After watching this,it was clear that there is more than a passing similarity to what Gervais/Brent subsequently produced in "The Office" as this film was made in 1999.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
I don't know how this film passed me by until now. It's one of those where people say "watch it", and you say "I've never heard of it". Well if you're one of those who's been pointed here by a recommendation, then allow me to endorse that recommendation and tell you that you must watch this film.
The plot may not be the greatest, but that doesn't really matter and some of the scenes in this film will have you roaring with laughter. And if you work in an office, you'll relate to some of the gags more so.
You'll also find yourself saying "who is that guy, his voice is sooo familiar" - that will be because many of the cast are from cartoons including Beavis & Butthead, King Of The Hill and even extras from Scooby Doo.
Anyway, watch this film. Please. It's now one of my favourites of all time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Peter is like many office workers across the world over. He gets stuck in traffic in a morning before getting into work slightly late, and then spends the day doing a boring job which is of little significance to anyone. The office is choked with by management, each one of them sending memos and making big issues out of trivial points - and Peter is sick of it.
Even when he tries to escape the confines of the office with a few friends, he still finds himself trapped amongst more soulless fakery in the restaurant he goes to for coffee. He's desperate to break free from the stifling corporate dogma, it scares him to imagine himself doing the same job in 50 years time - and when a hypnotherapy session goes wrong, he is liberated from a failing relationship and left with a fresh sense of laid-back happiness. His attitude changes and he sets off to remedy his work-life balance and get the girl he's felt attracted to for some time.
This is a film by Mike Judge - the guy behind Beavis and Butthead and King of the Hill. His background explains why the film seems to contain many small sketch-like comedy moments. The first half of the film is nothing short of genius with clever observations about office politics. It's one of those few films where I can genuinely say that I laughed out loud several times - it's funny because it's true!
This film nowadays is always going to draw comparisons with Ricky Gervais' The Office, and both pieces of work do have similarities. They succeed in turning the banality of office life into well crafted moments which are as awkward as they are hilarious. The second half of the film spends less time in the office and concentrates more on both a plot to get one over on his employers, and his relationship with a waitress. The second part isn't as funny as the initial half, it seems to have less to say and some of the characters aren't as utilised as they were to start with. It's still good though, there are still laughs and the story isn't weak - it just lacks some of the brilliance which was set up from the very first scene.
In a nutshell: Anyone who's worked in an office, or in large organisation (or perhaps in an office of a large organisation!) will have experienced the seemingly endless amount of beurocracy and the cheesey corporate missions which are made out to be the most important things in existence. It's only when you break out of the environment that you see what little importance those things actually have on life. Office Space depicts that brilliantly, and it's no surprise that this box-office flop has become a popular film among the masses who can identify with characters who are caricatures of the people we sit next to five days a week. If the second half had been stronger I'd give this 5 stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If they ever decided to make a live-action "Dilbert" movie, it might resemble "Office Space."
There's a lot of the same bitter surreality infused in this hysterically funny office film by Mike Judge (of "Beavis & Butthead" fame), all about three rebellious office employees who have finally had enough. Filled with quirky characters and a hilarious employee rebellion, this is a movie for anyone who ever felt trapped in a soul-destroying job. Which is just about everybody.
Peter (Ron Livingston) spends every day in a cubicle, doing pointless work under the thumb of his smarmy boss Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole). His life is boring, and he doesn't even have the confidence to tell a waitress (Jennifer Aniston) that he likes her.
Because layoffs are impending, Peter accompanies his controlling girlfriend to a hypnosis session, and is instructed to relax. Unfortunately, the hypnotist dies of a heart attack... while Peter is still under his hypnotic influence. And nobody snaps him out of it. The next morning, Peter wakes up happy and laid-back -- and determined to get out of his rotten job, and live fat and happy.
He conspires with fiery Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) and the ill-named Michael Bolton (David Herman) -- two coworkers who are about to be axed -- to skim money off the company's assets with a secret computer virus. Only problem is, their scene is rapidly spinning out of control when the virus goes glitchy haywire -- and their scheme is threatened with exposure.
"Office Space" started off as an early 90s animated skit, featuring the character of Milton. You know, that increasingly deranged employee who complains that "you took my stapler." This time, Milton is a minor character, although a pivotal one. The focus is mainly on the mellowed-out Peter and his wild scheme to profit the downtrodden employees of Initech -- sort of like a crazier version of "The Office."
And Judge knows how to wring all the bitter comedy from this scenario. He creates a hysterical tangle of cubicle workers, layoffs and the most annoying boss in the history of film ("Yeeeeeeaaaahhhh... uhhhhhhh..."). There's a less interesting subplot about Peter's unstable relationship with the equally POed-about-her-job waitress, but the real draw here is all the corporate cheating and craziness.
This brand of humor is twisted, down to the slow-motion, ghetto-style beating of the copier in the middle of a field, and Peter receiving a raise because he no longer cares if he gets fired. And of course, the dialogue is quietly insane ("Oh, and next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day...") as the plot grows grows more and more tense... until you know someone has to snap. You can see who it is way in advance, but it's no less hilarious when it happens -- with disastrous consequences.
The trio of lead characters are a riot -- there's Peter, whose newfound perspective about what is important in life is immensely entertaining. There's Samir, who can barely restrain his simmering rage at his rotten job, or his deep hatred for the copier. And there's Michael, who has a seething resentment that he has the same name as THAT sappy singer. As for Cole, he's utterly brilliant as a boss who is as endearing and appealing as a rake on a chalkboard.
"Office Space" has become something of a deserving cult classic -- funny, strange, and sympathetic to the ants that toil in their cubicles. When you aren't laughing your butt off, you'll be cheering on the disgruntled salami-slicers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If they made a live-action "Dilbert" movie, it might resemble "Office Space" -- a hysterically funny office film by Mike Judge (of "Beavis & Butthead" fame). Filled with quirky characters and a hilarious employee rebellion, this is a movie for anyone who ever felt trapped in a soul-destroying job.
Peter (Ron Livingston) spends every day in a cubicle, doing pointless work under the thumb of his smarmy boss. His life is boring, and he doesn't even have the confidence to tell the pretty waitress (Jennifer Aniston) that he likes her. In an effort to relax, he accompanies his controlling girlfriend to a hypnosis session. Unfortunately, the hypnotist dies of a heart attack... while Peter is still under.
The next morning, Peter wakes up happy and laid-back -- and determined to get out of his rotten job, and live fat and happy. He conspires with Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) and ill-named Michael Bolton (David Herman) -- two coworkers who are about to be axed -- to skim money off the company's assets with no one the wiser. Only problem is, their scene is rapidly spinning out of control.
"Office Space" started off as an early 90s animated skit, featuring the character of Milton. You know, that increasingly deranged employee who complains that "you took my stapler." This time, Milton is a minor character, although a pivotal one. The focus is mainly on the mellowed-out Peter and his wild scheme to profit the downtrodden employees of Initech.
Judge creates a hysterical tangle of cubicle workers, layoffs and the most annoying boss in the history of film ("Yeeeeeeaaaahhhh... uhhhhhhh..."). This brand of humor is twisted, down to the slow-motion, ghetto-style beating of the copier in the middle of a field. And of course, the dialogue is quietly insane ("Oh, and next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day...") as the plot grows grows more and more tense... until you know someone has to snap.
The trio of lead characters are a riot -- there's Peter, whose newfound perspective is immensely entertaining. There's Samir, who can barely restrain his simmering rage at his rotten job. And there's Michael, who has a seething resentment that he has the same name as THAT sappy singer. Jennifer Aniston does a pretty good job as a love interest for Peter -- a waittress who hates her job as much as he hates his.
"Office Space" has become something of a deserving cult classic -- funny, strange, and sympathetic to the ants that toil in their cubicles. Make more movies, Mike Judge -- especially if they're as good as "Office Space."