Monday 19 March 2018

Netflix Pick of the Week: Office Space

Office Space
Office Space
Stephen Root in Office Space
Gary Cole in Office Space

Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill aren't the only great things that Mike Judge will leave in his legacy.

Before The Office found abundant hilarity in the mundanity of day-to-day work grind, Office Space, Judge's 1999 film set the bar for teeth-gnashing comedy centred around disgruntled workers dealing with office protocol, bureaucracy, layoffs and printer jams.

Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a programmer working for a software company called Initech. Along with his friends Samir and Michael Bolton (not the singer) the workplace is a sea of grey, a place where co-workers accuse Gibbons of having a case of the Mondays, where the mumbling Milton is always looking for his stapler and everyone has their own cubicle but little else.

Jennifer Aniston also features as Joanna, a restaurant worker who has her own stupid workplace protocols to deal with.

Gibbons' smarmy boss Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) patronises him with a soul-crushing belittlement about reports and memos and says things like: "Yeah, we're going to need to talk about your TPS reports..."

For Gibbons, every day is worse than the one before it, meaning every day is the worst day of his life. When the company hires "efficiency experts" to downsize the company, it's the last straw for the employees and they hatch a plan.

Office Space is a must-watch for anyone who can relate to any aspect of corporate workplace, or whose boss has ever said anything like: "Yeah, I'm gonna need you to come in on Saturday..."

Irish Independent

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