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Office Space
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Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Stephen Root
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Twentieth Century Fox
Kiddie Movie: They might think some of the jokes are funny, but you've got some swearing and adult humor.
Date Movie: Bring her along.
Gratuitous Sex: Nothing gratuitous, but some nudity.
Gratuitous Violence: A funny scene with a car crash.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Lots, if you get them.
Memorable Scene: The car crash, and most of the ways Peter tried to get fired.
Memorable Quote: Peter asks his neighbor what he would do if he had a million dollars. His answer is totally out of the blue.
Directed By: Mike Judge
Produced By: Michael Rottenberg, Daniel Roppaport

Office Space
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:29 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
"Office Space" is the kind of movie you are either going to get or you're not. You're probably going to get it if you've ever been in a job that you just wanted to quit but couldn't, been at a job that you hated your boss but dealt with it, or just looking for a movie that may not win any cinematography awards, probably won't get any acting awards, but just gives you some laughs. You probably won't get office space if you love your job, have always had a job you love, and can't relate to the disgruntled office people out there the world today.

"Office Space" tells the story of Peter (Ron Livingston), a computer programmer stuck in a mundane job that he never really cared about. He has some co-workers who are too cheery, a couple of other disgruntled programmers to hang out with, and a pain in the ass boss who makes him come in on weekends. He's infatuated with a dudette (Joanna, played by Jennifer Aniston) who also hates her job, but he won't ask her out because he thinks he can still get back together with his old girlfriend. One day, to please his girlfriend, he goes to see a hypno-therapist, and when the hypnotist dies while he's in session, Peter's life changes. And thus comes the part of the movie that every person who hates their job wishes they had the guts to do at work.

He does things like ignore his boss, park in the boss' parking place, knock down his cubicle wall so he can see out the window, and with the help of his to co-workers who are getting laid off, they attempt to embezzle money from the company straight out, and they admit this, of the movie "Superman 3," by taking fractions of pennies from company bank transactions and putting them into their own bank account.

The jokes in this movie are about the dreams of every disgruntled worker, wishes he could quit, but doesn't. Peter does the things you only wish you could and he gets promoted, while his co-workers who work their butts off everyday, wind up getting laid off. Intertwined is the love interest in Jennifer Aniston, which doesn't serve too much of a purpose except, that, well, it's Jennifer Aniston.

The budget in this movie couldn't have been very big, because if it was they sure didn't spend the money on the sets. The cinematography isn't that great, the acting could be a little bit better, but the jokes are there, and if you think you can relate at all to Peter's character, you'll probably enjoy the film. You'll feel sorry for Milton (most-excellently played by Stephen Root), a co-worker pushed around by the boss, you'll laugh at the Michael Bolton jokes, and if you didn't need a paycheck next Friday, this movie might even give you the inspiration to skip going into work on Saturday.

Sometimes a movie doesn't have to be beautiful because sometimes all it needs to do is throw out simple jokes that make you laugh. "Office Space" did that for me. I've been at a couple of jobs like Peter's, and could relate to him and also his co-workers. Maybe that's why I got it, and give the film 3 ½ stars out of 5. If you looking for a thinking movie, this isn't it, but if you looking for a movie that gives you another idea about what to do if you had a million dollars, Office Space might just do that.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right! L8R!

 

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