Office Space (1999)
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as Bill Lumbergh
as Michael Bolton
as Milton Waddams
as Bob Slydell
as Tom Smykowski
as Dom Portwood
as Bob Porter
as Brian (waiter)
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Critic Reviews for Office Space
With a judiciously executed hip-hop soundtrack and the same anti-conformist spirit that informs Judge's TV cartoons, "Office Space" can expect to attract people who aren't even old enough to be stuck in dead-end jobs.
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.
The more you peer beneath the surface humor of Office Space the scarier and more serious its vision of contemporary existence becomes.
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.
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?
Stick to Dilbert. OK the "Flair" stuff was funny.
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.
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