Office Space

“Office Space” is a 1999 comedy film, directed by Mike Judge, (Beavis and Butthead, King of the HIll) starring Ron Livingston, (The Conjuring, Dinner for Schmucks) Jennifer Aniston, (The Iron Giant, Horrible Bosses) Stephen Root (Ice Age, Finding Nemo) Gary Cole, (Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, Supernatural) David Herman, ( Bob’s Burgers, Triptank) and Diedrich Bader (Napoleon Dynamite, Batman:The Brave and the Bold.)

Mike Judge is one of my favorite comedians, I’m a huge fan of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butthead. His style of comedy is very divisive, as can be seen by this same movie’s review on Juicy Reviewz. Now Office Space is considered a classic cult movie, it has had a big effect on popular culture. Fans of Family Guy have probably seen multiple references to this movie, such as a cameo by Gary Cole.

The plot of the movie is about Peter Gibbons (Livingston) an office worker. His life is pretty sad: his girlfriend is cheating on him, he works every day in a cubicle, and his boss, Lumbergh(Cole) constantly checks up on him and makes him perform menial labor like filling out TPS reports. There’s also Samir (Ajay Naidu) who’s last name is difficult to pronounce, Michael Bolton (David Herman) who hates the singer Michael Bolton, and Milton (Stephen Root) who is constantly pushed around by Lumbergh, but can only mumble to himself.

Let’s start with the pros of this movie. The ensemble cast are all hilarious, they all have these running jokes throughout and their characters are defined by them. I’m also a fan of the soundtrack, it’s all “Gangsta Rap” which somehow fits in with the montages. I think the pacing of the film is really great, with a good three act structure. Of special note in the cast would have to be Lawrence(Bader) who’s few scenes in the movie are some of the best.

The few cons I have with the movie would have to be with “The Bobs” the performance inspectors. Now I know it’s a satire on how slimy these people are, but they don’t really make it funny like Lumbergh does. I also think that the romance, while Jennifer Aniston and Livingston do have great chemistry, it feels a bit rushed. The scene where Peter yells at Joanna(Aniston) just seems like something his character wouldn’t do.
Other than those two things this is a very funny, well paced comedy with some almost perfect satire on the life of office workers.
Final Score: 90%