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Office Space (1999)



Critic Consensus: Mike Judge lampoons the office grind with its inspired mix of sharp dialogue and witty one-liners.

Movie Info

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. ~ Ron Wells, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Judge
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 1999
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Gary Cole
as Bill Lumbergh
David Herman
as Michael Bolton
Stephen Root
as Milton Waddams
John C. McGinley
as Bob Slydell
Richard Riehle
as Tom Smykowski
Joe Bays
as Dom Portwood
Paul Willson
as Bob Porter
Todd Duffey
as Brian (waiter)
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Critic Reviews for Office Space

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (25)

Office Space, a knowing, somewhat slight, often hilarious sendup of cubicle culture, exploits the yuks in the chronic misery of those routinely exposed to the monotonous gray of corporate minds and company decor.

Full Review… | November 2, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

The more you peer beneath the surface humor of Office Space the scarier and more serious its vision of contemporary existence becomes.

Full Review… | November 2, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A hilarious knockdown of corporate culture.

Full Review… | November 2, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Office Space feels cramped and underimagined. I think Judge is capable of making an inspired live-action comedy, but next time he'll have to remember to do what he does in his animated ones -- keep the madness popping.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Frequently uproarious.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Top Critic

A take-this-job-and-shove-it movie about the crushing malevolence of the corporate environment, it's on the verge of being really good.

Full Review… | March 12, 2010
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Office Space

Ron Livingston became my hero in this movie. One of the most funny movies out there. No one sees this and doesnt die of laughter. The corporate world just right. Got that TPS report for me right now?

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Stick to Dilbert. OK the "Flair" stuff was funny.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Utterly brilliant satirical comedy based around your typical everyday office job or more specifically IT office job. After seeing this again after a very long time the first thing that sprung to mind was I wonder if Ricky Gervais got the idea for his satirical series from this?.

You can certainly see similarities, the main one being the office boss 'Lumbergh' who although played excellently by Cole with high levels of smarm and slime is in a way close to 'Michael Scott' or 'David Brent' albeit a slightly more clever version. This film also reminds me of 'Since You've Been Gone' which was another excellent comedy with mainly unknowns from the 'Lookingglass' theatrical company based in Chicago, both of these films seem to be in the same kind of satirical style.

The film is chock full of so many fantastic performances you can see why this became a cult hit. Root as 'Milton' is absolutely hilarious as the mumbling goggle eyed office worker who actually comes across as a chubby live action version of 'Beaker' from the Muppets. Livingstone is the disgruntled worker who kinda cracks and just does what we all would love to do if we had the balls, Herman is great as he tries not to lose it whenever people comment on his name and John C. McGinley has one of his best roles here as a slimy corporate axeman consultant weeding out the deadwood from the company. Everyone in this film does well including the small roles like 'Drew' the office worker who only pops up to make some crude visual jokes but its still so good.

The scene where McGinley and his partner chat with Herman over his name being Michael Bolton and whether he is related to the famous Bolton or if he likes his songs is simply genius writing and acting, pure hilarity.

If your an office worker you will be able to relate to this, on the other hand one reason why this is so good is because many can relate to this whether you work in an office or not. All the characters within the film have been brilliantly realised and crafted after the type of folk you probably really do come across in reality or this field of work. I'm sure everyone can see someone they know or have known during their working life in this film.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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