Combustible Celluloid
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With: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Stephen Root, Gary Cole, Richard Riehle, Alexandra Wentworth, Joe Bays, John C. McGinley, Paul Willson, Kinna McInroe, Todd Duffey, Greg Pitts, Michael McShane
Written by: Mike Judge
Directed by: Mike Judge
MPAA Rating: R for language and brief sexuality
Running Time: 89
Date: 02/19/1999

Office Space (1999)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Staple Fun

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Written and directed by Mike Judge (of TV's Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill), Office Space (1999) is perhaps the most beloved of all office comedies, a bona-fide cult classic with many instantly recognizable, quotable lines. ("We need to talk about your flair." "Excuse me... I believe you have my stapler..." "I'm gonna need you to go ahead come in tomorrow.") Ron Livingston stars as Peter, who hates his soul-sucking office job, claiming that each day is worse than the one before it. While attending hypnotherapy, his therapist dies in the middle of a session and he never snaps out of his trance. He begins feeling happy and carefree, and slacking off at work, which, ironically, makes him very popular and shakes things up, even earning him a promotion. Jennifer Aniston co-stars as a pretty waitress, Joanna, Stephen Root is the pathetic sad-sack Milton, Gary Cole is the smarmy boss Bill Lumbergh, Diedrich Bader is the mullet-head dude Lawrence, and Ajay Naidu and David Herman are Peter's best friends, Samir and Michael Bolton (not the singer... "Why should I change my name? He's the one who sucks.")

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