25 October 2006
I actually bought a DVD at the weekend. I hadn’t bought one in ages because most movies these days are rubbish.
The film in question is Office Space, which admittedly isn’t really new. It was released way, way back in early 1999; a time when the Millennium Bug was still freaking out many people, hopeful and naive Generation X’ers like me believed that the Star Wars prequels would be Any Fucking Good, 2000AD comic still sounded futuristic, and 🙂 hadn’t yet made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, let alone supplanted the CND symbol as the universal sign of peace, as it did earlier this year.
Yet, despite all the time that hath passed since it was released, I’d never seen Office Space before. I grabbed it on Saturday because (a) it was written and directed by Mike Judge, creator of the superb Beavis & Butthead, (b) it was recommended heartily (nay, fanatically) by a fellow blogger, and (c) was only three quid in a sale.
It’s not a perfect film necessarily – the pseudo-romantic sub-plot with Jennifer Aniston’s character is an annoying distraction, although to be fair that’s not her fault, she didn’t write the script – but it is an enjoyable flick that highlights the absurdity of office life, and has a merry salute to the slacker lifestyle of modern men, with it’s protagonist declaring his life-long ambition is “to do nothing.” He also has the perfect reaction to when his girlfriend starts ranting at him over the telephone; he grins and hangs up. When she phones again to shout at him for daring to hang up on her, he just hangs up again, climbs casually back into bed and falls into a deep and peaceful sleep.
There are lots of fun quotes in it too, particularly when the protagonist, Peter, goes to see a couple of consultants – the two Bobs – who have been bought in to see who can be made redundant during a bit of “Spring Cleaning”; i.e. sacking anyone who isn’t vital to the company. Thanks to a hypnotherapy session cut short by the hypnotherapist’s heart-attack, Peter is still in a state of artificially induced serenity and incapable of giving a shit about anything, least of all his despised job and his despised boss, Lumbergh:
Above: A Bob
Y’see, what we’re trying to do here is just trying to get a feel for how people spend their day. So, would you just walk us through a typical day for you?
Well, I generally come in at least fifteen-minutes late. I use the side door, that way Lumbergh can’t see me. Oh, and after that, I just sorta space out for about an hour.
Yeah. I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch too. I’d probably say, in a given week, I do about fifteen minutes of real, actual work.
Cool film. I recommend it. If you don’t mind ripping off Hollywood execs, it’s out there on the BitTorrent networks.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 10:21 PM
At 1:06 AM, Anonymous said…
My favorite quote from the movie:
“What would you do if you had a million dollars?”
“Two chicks at once.”
At 12:05 PM, FredXblog said…
It’s a fantastic film isn’t it.
I saw it about 5 years ago and regard it as a comedy classic.
I remember when Peter is talking to his next door neighbour and it went something like this:
Friend: What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Peter: I would do nothing?
Friend: Nothing huh?
Friend: You don’t need a million dollars to do nothing. My cousin’s unemployed, sits round the house and don’t do shit.
I think everyone who has ever worked in an office environment can relate to Office Space, which is why it’s a cult classic.
* The music, by the Geto Boys, is good, and this film got me into their stuff.
At 12:49 PM, BJ said…
Bob Porter: “Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.”
Peter Gibbons: “I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob!”
You should check out Ron Livingston in “Swingers” and “Band Of Brothers” as well.
At 5:24 PM, Christopher in Oregon said…
I’d never heard of this one until now. I just read the reviews at Amazon, and everybody seems to love it, so I ordered it today.
At 3:47 AM, LtRand said…
-Bob– I’d like to move us right along to a Peter Gibbons. Now we had a chance to meet this young man, and boy that’s just a straight shooter with upper management written all over him.–
That is my favorite line in the whole movie. Fuckin A!