Office Space Reviews
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.
Michael Bolton. Haha.
Office Space is a good little workplace comedy. I didn't fall completely in love with it like I thought I would, but it was an enjoyable and pretty funny movie. Mike Judge does a good job in the initial 10 minutes of making Peter's job feel like hell. It made me never want to work in a office. The tediousness of Peter's job is ridiculous and he is completely sick of it.
I really liked the characters. The boss was extremely well done. He talks in a way that, if said in a different tone of voice, could sound encouraging, but he just sounds like an asshole. He isn't a boss who goes crazy and yells at his employees, but he is even worse because of his subtlety. Peter just doesn't care about his job anymore and begins showing it by not showing up often, and when he does, he does very little work.
Overall Office Space is the enjoyable, light comedy that was promised, but it isn't the masterpiece of comedy that some have hailed it as. Maybe if I had any work experience in an office this film would have seemed funnier to me. But as it is now, it is just a slightly better than average comedy.
Director: Mike Judge
Summary: In a film that takes plenty of jabs at the nihilism of corporate life, Ron Livingston plays office drone Peter Gibbons, who conspires with his cubicle cohorts to embezzle money from their soulless employers. With help and hindrance from those around him -- including eminently quotable workplace nerd Milton Waddams (Stephen Root) -- and the affection of waitress Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), Gibbons might just find his sanity ... and his revenge.
My Thoughts: "Working in a closed space like that would drive anyone mad eventually. The character's are annoying except for a few. Stephen Root is the funniest one in the film. His character is the quiet kind of crazy, which is also the worse kind. Although the director brings the work place in the film as close to real life as it gets, I couldn't imagine things turning out that way in the end. Not a great film but enjoyable none the less."
Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Corporate techie Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is just having one of those days ("The Mondays," one character describes). He works for a condescending boss (Gary Cole), and the company is in its early stages of downsizing the workforce (with the two "Bobs" John C. McGinley and Paul Willson coming in as consultants). But Peter's life changes after he undergoes hypnotherapy, and he adopts a lackadaisical approach to his boring job. And soon, with two others (David Herman, whose character has the misfortune of sharing the name Michael Bolton, and Ajay Naidu as Samir), he hatches a scheme to swindle funds from the company into three private accounts over the next two years. At the end of the 20th century, it's easy to see why "Office Space" would become a cult classic: work sucks; it's that easy. As a satire of the American workplace, circa 1999, the boredom and tediousness is captured and played to ridiculous heights. Directed by Mike Judge, who adapted it to the screen from his own animated short "Milton," "Office Space" is sure-fire comedy. The acting is OK, nothing really special, and Jennifer Aniston slides in as Peter's lovely girlfriend. Also look out for Diedrich Bader as Peter's beer-guzzling neighbor Lawrence (who Peter frequently talks to through the wall) and Stephen Root as the hapless, mumbling Milton.
"Somebody's got a case of the Mondays," And the hilarious scenes where they tear up the fax machine and other goodies. And the cast of characters that made this movie great...from Gary Cole as the sleazeball and major asshole of a manager from the depths of pure hell,to Deidrich Bader, Ajay Naidu, Jennifer Aniston,Ron Livingston,David Herman, Alexandra Wentworth,and Orlando Jones. This was a movie that was for anyone whoever work in an office complex and deal with characters that were incompetent(management)on a daily basis. A Must See!!!