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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 only made worse by his smarmy supervisor Lumbergh (Gary Cole). He also suspects his girlfriend Anne (Alexandra Wentworth) is having an affair. In desperation, Anne takes Peter to a hypnotherapist who relaxes him, but then has a heart attack before he can bring him out of the hypnotic state. Now 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.

Review by David Edwards:
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.

Published January 29, 2004

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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

SCRIPT: Mike Judge

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen 16:9

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: February 18, 2004

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