Office Space – 8.5/10

The closest any film has ever been to capturing the absurd pointlessness of working in an office.


Beavis & Butthead creator Mike Judge has always endeavoured to slip biting social satire into his work (he would later go too far with this concept with 2006’s messy feature Idiocracy) and he captures life working for a big corporation perfectly with Office Space.

Gary Cole’s slimy boss Bill Lumbergh is somebody we have probably all been confronted with and likewise I imagine many see themselves as a Pete Gibbons type figure. Like Ricky Gervais’ The Office, it is seeing these recognizable caricatures that we have all encountered that makes Office Space so enjoyable.

I really don’t understand why protagonist Ron Livingstone has not appeared in more stuff as I loved him in this and Band of Brothers. Admittedly it is the first half of the film that cements Office Space as a modern classic but it has it moments right until the end and it a must see for anyone who has ever swore at a photocopier.

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