In the Initech office, the insecure Peter Gibbons hates his job and the obnoxious Division VP Bill Lumbergh who has just hired two efficiency consultants to downsize the company. His best friends are two software engineers Michael Bolton and Samir Nagheenanajar, that also hate Initech, and his intrusive next door neighbor Lawrence. He believes 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. Peter, in his new state, starts to date the waitress Joanna and changes his attitude which results in his being promoted by the consultants. When he discovers that Michael and Samir will be downsized, they decide to plant a virus in the banking system to embezzle fraction of cents on each financial operation into Peter's account. However Michael commits a ...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A "square peg in a round hole" is an idiomatic expression which describes the unusual individualist who cannot fit into a niche in his or her society. At its entrance, the company Initech has a sculpture of a square peg in a round hole. See more »
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 »
Easily one of my favorite comedies, and sort of a source of medicine for the pains of working in an office with complete idiots. Ahh, cubicle life. Anyone who's ever worked in a corporate office can relate to this film on some level, and can probably swear that they know someone exactly like one of the characters depicted here. Mike Judge really captures the aspect that makes office life so miserable, which is without a doubt the characters that you must deal with that your personal life would normally exclude. There is no question that he must've had his own bout with the way of the office bitch, as he shows that he knows it all too well. Out of the comedies I've seen, I can most identify with this one.
Kudos to the casting department for putting together a unique group of people to portray the perfect characters for the story. Peter, Samir, Michael Bolton, and especially the Milton and Lumbergh characters, are all a true treat to watch and never get old upon reviewings.
A true comedic classic, but probably for more of a niche audience. Having never worked in an office before, you may not enjoy it as much as others...but then again, I could be wrong and is still worth checking out. But if you have or do work in an office, this movie is a must see!
Office Space has a special place in my heart for others reasons too. Parts of it were filmed within walking distance of my apartment, and my girlfriend lives in Peter's apartments from the movie, which is also right down the street! That just adds even more to the fact that I can identify with this film 100%, especially considering I drive the same way to work as Peter did! Too weird.
Um, yeah, go see it.
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