I have tried to watch films that I haven’t seen more often than not for this challenge. However, when Starz put Office Space on I had to watch it again. It is one of my favorite comedies and one I’ve seen too many times. Movies like this are much harder to rate as this is clearly a Must See film in my eyes, but is more likely Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy to others. I’m going with my heart on this one and saying Office Space is a Must See film.
Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) hates his job and life so much, but definitely feels stuck. After visiting a hypnotist, Peter finds the motivation he needs to not sweat the stuff that stresses him out. Peter and his two friends then decide to rebel against their greedy boss as payback for their shared hatred.
I was an avid watcher of MTV’s Liquid Television when I was a kid. Mike Judge made Beavis and Butthead and the Milton shorts that both appeared on that show. When I heard they created a film that Milton would appear in I was sold. However, the first viewing of the film left me feeling slightly disappointed. It would be years later that I would revisit the film that would then start many viewings to come.
I love Ron Livingston in this film. He is extremely relatable and I love how the plot develops with his character. Jennifer Aniston is really great and on their first date she really cracks me up. David Herman and Ajay Naidu as Peter’s co-workers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheennanajar destroying the printer is an iconic moment to me. Diedrich Bader as Peter’s neighbor Lawrence has some really great interactions with Peter including some hilarious reactions to things. Then, the worst boss imaginable, Bill Lubergh (Gary Cole) and his iconic delivery of his lines is so memorable. Especially when he is picking on Milton Waddams (Stephen Root). The two interact so well together and Root does a terrific job of bringing Milton to life.
I could probably go on and on about the various characters and the roles they play in this film. One of the highlights of my professional careers was getting to send out an email saying “I believe you took my stapler.” The few people who recognized the reference made me smile greatly. If you’ve skipped this film or it’s been awhile since you’ve watched it I highly recommend another viewing.