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Office Space (1999)

 -  Comedy  -  19 February 1999 (USA)
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Comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

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In the Initech office, the insecure Peter Gibbons hates his job and the abusive Division VP Bill Lumbergh that has just hired two consultants to downsize the company. His best friends are the software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar that also hate Initech, and his next door neighbor Lawrence. His girlfriend Anne is cheating on him but she convinces Peter to visit the hypnotherapist Dr. Swanson. Peter tells how miserable his life is and Dr. Swanson hypnotizes him and he goes into a state of ecstasy. However, Dr. Swanson dies immediately after giving the hypnotic suggestion to Peter. He dates the waitress Joanna and changes his attitude in the company, being promoted by the consultants. When he discovers that Michael and Samir will be fired, they decide to plant a virus in the account system to embezzle fraction of cents in each financial operation into Peter's account. However Michael commits a mistake in the software and instead of decimals, they steal a large amount.... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Work Sucks. See more »

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 February 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cubiculos de la oficina  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,231,727 (USA) (19 February 1999)

Gross:

ESP 89,991,972 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Smykowski's Lawyer (Rob Newhouse) shares his name with Robert Newhouse, a well-known player for the Dallas Cowboys in the '70s-'80s. The team is based in Texas, Mike Judge's home state. See more »

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In the post-interview briefings where the "Bobs" express their support of Peter, and Bill Lumbergh is hesitant to heed their advice, the mood abruptly shifts to the Bobs questioning of Bill's business acumen. In the close up shot of Bob's hands, he pulls Peter's file away to reveal Bill Lumbergh's directly beneath it - both showing in close-up that each has an accompanying employee photo in the top right-hand corner. In the following shot from further away, Bob performs the same task, however, this time as he slides Peter's file away, he hesitates, and in an action that differs from the close-up shot, he rotates the file underneath to a readable position, where we also now see that Bill Lumbergh's file no longer has the ID photo anywhere on it. See more »

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Peter Gibbons: So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life.
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"Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta"
12 February 2004 | by (Lindenhurst, IL) – See all my reviews

You'll be wearing' your "Oh Face" after viewing OFFICE SPACE.

This one goes out to everybody who dies a daily death in a "cube", and I think you all know who your are. You can't wait to get out at lunch, head over to some assembly-line crap-food franchise like "Chotchkie's" for some extreme fajitas, and try to make it back in time before the Bill Lumberghs of the house bust your chops for taking too long of a lunch. MMMM-KAAAYYYY! This movie even made "gangsta' rap" listenable, which I thought would never be possible.

Best Scene: Peter dreaming an oiled-up Lumbergh having sex with Joanna, and pausing for a quick gulp from his coffee mug.

Mr. Judge (and 20th Century Fox), I'm still holding my red stapler here, hoping in vain that you'll finally release this on a special edition DVD. Please include the 1991 short on it as well, WHEN you do.

This is the funniest movie of the last ten years, but of course, it failed commercially, and Mike Judge will probably never do another live action film because of that. So thank you America for supporting crap like THE HAUNTING, MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, and WILD, WILD WEST back in '99, and letting OS die at the box office.


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