Movie #314 Office Space
(1999, US, d. Mike Judge)
I’m not going to lie. This film took a lot of me to like. But then I started to catch on and the laughs started rolling. This is one of those films that in order for you to enjoy, you sort of have to know what type of comedy to expect, otherwise things just won’t be funny. That’s my belief anyway. First of all, Office Space is a film about working as an employee in a faceless software company – something a lot of people, I’m sure, can relate to. It takes place in Northern California and deals with the basic frustration the employee goes through, willingly putting themselves at the mercy of bosses, ridiculous work, and the potentially personal-life-damaging career choices – though this film never explicitly states that. It’s a smart comedy – one that feels like you’re watching water boil. I mean that in a good way. You keep thinking the bubbles are going to start rushing to the top, but they never do. They just keep piling up, and piling up, and piling up, and piling up. It’s a film that showcases the power of offbeat humor, protagonists we don’t really care for, some really quirky characters, and strange lines. Throw that all into the regular and subjecting lives of these software company employees (again, something a lot of people put themselves int0), and you got Office Space, a wonderful mix of the mainstream and off-road. A film that mixes weird humor with regular events. A film that never dictates its moral, but gets it across. It’s a film about being subjected and being manipulated. It’s about a search for freedom. Mike Judge’s hilarious writing drive the film, but remember, know what you’re getting into. It’s not the sort of punchline mentality that drives most comedies these days. It’s smarter than that. And though it didn’t make the box office splash the filmmakers wanted it to, this cult hit still has the power to woo audiences more than 12 years later.