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Office space

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Movie propaganda

Work sucks.

A comedy from Mike Judge, creator of Beavis & Butt-head.

Overwhelmed by stress on the job, Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) goes in for therapy and comes out with a life-changing career philosophy: work sucks. Eager to begin a new life of unemployment, he decides to spend more time with his sexy girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston) and less time at he office. When he does show up, it's only to play computer games, destroy company property and tell his boss exactly where to stick those meaningless memos.

But rather than get fired, Peter's "straight-shooting" attitude lands him a promotion! now the stage is set to carry out a high-tech embezzling scheme that's sure to mean the end of his job... and a one-way ticket to easy street. Can he pull it off before all corporate hell breaks loose?

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film comedy office life work report form bureaucrat memo stapler stationery

Persons of interest

  • Ron Livingston .... Peter Gibbons
  • Jennifer Aniston .... Joanna
  • David Herman .... Michael Bolton
  • Ajay Naidu .... Samir Nagheenanajar
  • Diedrich Bader .... Lawrence
  • Stephen Root .... Milton Waddams
  • Gary Cole .... Bill Lumbergh
  • Richard Riehle .... Tom Smykowski
  • Alexandra Wentworth .... Anne
  • Joe Bays .... Dom Portwood
  • John C McGinley .... Bob Slydell
  • Paul Willson .... Bob Porter
  • Kinna McInroe .... Nina
  • Todd Duffey .... Brian
  • Greg Pitts .... Drew
  • Michael McShane .... Dr Swanson
  • Linda Wakeman .... Laura Smykowski
  • Kyle Scott Jackson .... Rob Newhouse
  • Orlando Jones .... Steve
  • Barbara George-Reiss .... Peggy
  • Mike Judge .... Screenwriter
  • Mike Judge .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

One for the office worms.

Have you ever walked through the centre of town around lunchtime and seen all the clerks, Customer Service Representatives and Head Office workers walking out into the sunlight, blinking and shading their eyes as if they were some pathetic slug thing which you just uncovered when you kicked over a rock? This film is about them: those who toil selflessly in the pursuit of profit so that other people can get richer and they can stay exactly where they are. They for whom the desk near the window is the ultimate sign of success, for whom a stapler is a source of identity, for whom birthdays come with over-sized cards signed by people they don't know.

*Shudders*

So, is Office space funny? Well... yeah, sorta. There're lots of good bits about the soul-destroying nature of that sort of job and that sort of environment. There are some good lines, a couple of good gags, some nice pokes in the corporate eye... but funny? Well... yeah. Funny. This is not the sort of movie everyone has to see, but it's certainly not a waste of money. You'll enjoy it if you've ever worked in an office (the bigger the company the more you'll enjoy it) - if you haven't, it will just be an ok film.

Enjoy it. Or don't. It's all up to you. (Who says I can't be deep?)

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, sexual references)

Surveillance time

89 minutes (1:29 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 22 September 1999

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