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OFFICE SPACE

SYNOPSIS:
Peter (Ron Livingston), Samir (Ajay Naidu) and Michael (David Herman) work for a software company, Initech. Peter is becoming increasingly disaffected and stressed out about his job, a process made worse by his smarmy supervisor Lumbergh (Gary Cole). He also suspects his girlfriend Anne (Alexandra Wentworth) is having an affair. In desperation, Peter goes to a hypnotherapist who relaxes him. In a state of permanent relaxation, Peter decides to live life his way, cutting work, ignoring company rules and pursuing a pretty waitress Joanna (Jennifer Aniston). When "efficiency experts" arrive at Initech, Peter is mysteriously promoted; but Samir and Michael are targeted for retrenchment. Disgusted by the company’s attitude, the three embark on a dangerous plan.

"If you don't laugh in the first five minutes of this delightful offbeat comedy, I'm afraid there is little hope for you. Office Space is a lighthearted, irreverent look at the world of blue-collar office worker, poking fun at its mundane-ness, smiling at its stuffiness and shrugging at its routine. The tight script brings together a delectable assortment of characters that range from the stereotype to the genuine quirky. It has cleverly avoided spitting out the one-liners for a quick laugh; the entire situation and process is what is comical and ludicrous. The relationships are keenly observed and portrayed, with performances that seem to sit just right. You may relate to the whining telephonist, the malfunctioning office equipment, the smarmy, slimy corporate bosses, the paper thin walls, the traffic jams, the office politics… Whoever you are, whatever you do, Office Space is guaranteed to strike a chord – and after all, isn't laughter the best medicine?"
Louise Keller

"This is the revenge movie for contempo urban life, not just office jobs. But it’s lighthearted and savvy all at once, deep and meaningful but you don’t realise it, and there are scenes that you think you’ve lived through yourself. This is good writing and good direction, a 90s film but with all the cinematic flair of the early greats of the 30s and 40s, when movies were the mirror for society, in the absence of tv. Pain is the source of comedy, and here it’s plentiful. Take a seat and get some Space…"
Andrew L. Urban

"It's hard to imagine that the creator of Beavis and Butthead could conceive a film comedy as intelligent as Office Space; but conceive it he did, and it's one of the more underrated film delights of the year. Anyone who has ever worked in an office or a corporate environment will derive a huge amount of pleasure in the way this film, with wry humour and deftly drawn characters, satirises the corporate world. From its sharply realised opening sequence - during which cars are seen immersed in rush hour, while an old guy in a walker manages to get by faster - through to the surprising detail of what it's like to be in a dull work environment, Office Space hits it all right on the head, thanks to a sharp script by Mike Judge. The film isn't consistently hilarious, which is how it should be; it's a bit like life, with all its woes and highs. The film is clever in its approach to the material, which sets it apart from many American films that tend to be obvious and comedically cluttered. Judge has made a terrifically funny film, one full of well drawn characters, beautifully played by a fine ensemble cast. At around 90 minutes, Office Space is a breezy, uncomplicated piece of satiric entertainment. It may well be the funniest film of the year ----- because it takes one by surprise and doesn't insult the audience in the process."
Paul Fischer

"Is there anything scarier in these days of massive unemployment than losing your job? But what if your job is crushing your very soul? This is the starting point for Mike Judge’s arresting comedy Office Space. Judge (best known as the creator of Beavis & Butthead) brings an acute eye for the little details of human existence in a cubicle to create a very funny film about three oppressed guys and their dream of freedom - oh, and one very oppressed guy called Milton. Much of the humour is quite subtle and is found in the fine absurdities of the corporate world - the management-speak; the way in which reports have to be completed; the ownership of a stapler. It must be said when the film goes down the revenge track towards the end, it loses some of its steam, but this is more than made up by the amusing dialogue and the spectacular ending. Ron Livingston gives Peter a natural "everyman" kind of charm; and Jennifer Aniston finally gets a film role with some substance as Joanna. Special mention should be made of Gary Cole as the repulsive Lumbergh, and Stephen Root as Milton who plays a small but crucial role in the outcome - he’s a real delight. For anyone who’s been trapped in a corporate environment, plenty of the situations in the film will be hauntingly familiar. Seeing it may even make you a little more relaxed for the coming work week. Office Space is very funny, sharply observed and marvellously detailed - in short, a winner."
David Edwards

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 4
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

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Director Mike Judge explains how and why he did real life research for this
SLICE OF LIFE Office Movie.

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OFFICE SPACE (M)
(US)

CAST: Jennifer Anniston, Ron Livingston, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Richard Riehle, Diedrich Bader, Alexandra Wentworth, John C.McGinley.

DIRECTOR: Mike Judge

PRODUCER: Michael Rotenberg

SCRIPT: Mike Judge

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tim Suhrstedt A.S.C

EDITOR: David Rennie

MUSIC: John Frizzell

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Edward McAvoy

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE DATE: April 15, 1999

VIDEO RELEASE: Sept 22, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Fox







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