Office Space (1999) starring Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingston, Gary Cole, Stephen Root directed by Mike Judge Movie Review

Office Space (1999)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Jennifer Aniston and Ron Livingston in Office Space (1999)

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Peter (Ron Livingston) hates his job, he hates how on the drive to work he is always stuck in a traffic jam and when he switches to a free flowing lane it grinds to a halt and the lane he was in starts to move. He hates lots of things from his boss who orders him to work weekends and he hates the fact that he thinks his girlfriend is cheating on him. It is on her advice that he goes to see a hypnotherapist but just as he is given the command to be happy the hypnotherapist dies leaving Peter a changed man who doesn't care about work anymore and who has the confidence to ask out waitress Joanna (Jennifer Aniston). When Peter discovers two colleagues are going to be replaced and so together they decide to plant a virus in the computer system to steal a sum of money.

You know how in cartoons you have someone talking on the phone and they hold the phone away from their ear and all you hear is mwar, mwar, mawaaar, mwaaaar, mwa. Well watching "Office Space" is like that as there is a lot of noise and once in a while it comes up with a joke or a bit of insightful humour which makes you sit up and pay attention. Those moments range from the initial traffic jam scene to one where Peter in laid back mode goes on about the fear of being fired isn't much of an incentive to do more than just the bare minimum to get by. Sadly those moments are rare and instead what we get are jokes from smashing the cr@p out of a photocopier to someone being called Michael Bolton. Maybe to some this is humour but it failed to make me laugh.

The sad thing is that when you strip the humour, the jokes from "office Space" what you have left with is not much. There is a story which sees Peter date Joanna and of course that old chestnut of stealing money from a company by removing fractions which get missed during the rounding system but that is it. That means "Office Space" ends up a real drag of a movie even if it features Jennifer Aniston delivering a typical Aniston rom-com performance.

What this all boils down to is "Office Space" really was a disappointment as what for me worked could be counted on one hand whilst the rest of the movie was an unfunny drag which never seemed to end.