Office Space (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Workplace Comedy, Black Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 19, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Skyler Miller

Mike Judge's first live-action feature, inspired by his animated short of the same name, manages to work some hilariously pointed jabs at corporate culture into its good-natured, meandering plot. Dissatisfied with his job at a lifeless technology company, the laid-back Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) undergoes a mishap during hypnosis therapy and begins to live out his work-related fantasies -- talking back to his boss, destroying office equipment, and playing Tetris on the clock. He also gains the courage to ask out Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), a beautiful waitress he's long had his eye on. Although the subplots involving an embezzling scheme and the requisite romantic misunderstandings between Peter and Joanna are dispensable, Office Space contains many genuinely inspired and memorable scenes, such as the severe beating of an office printer, a party celebrating a co-worker's insurance settlement, and a discussion of how many "pieces of flair" Joanna should wear on her uniform. All of these scenes have something to say about the maddening absurdity of corporate culture, and they're delivered with a gentle yet committed brand of comedy. Jokes are pushed far enough to be funny, but not so far as to become tedious. This mild sense of humor, along with Judge's keen awareness of how the daily grind of office work can drive people a little crazy, makes Office Space an accessible, entertaining satire.