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Office Space movie review

Office Space

Office Space is basically a story of how the daily grind can slowly suck the very life out of you. The story follows various characters in a software company, and our heroine (Aniston) who is a waitress at a restaurant the company employees frequent.

The story is based on the Milton comic strip found in the daily newspapers. I don't read Milton so I can't say how closely it follows, so I'll leave that comparison to Milton lovers.

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The story starts out as a fairly light hearted look at the absurdities of office life. It shows us all the frustrating quirks we ourselves experience daily at work. Our hero (Livingston) vainly fights the pressures of office life with the help from his next door neighbour, while trying to work things out with his girlfriend. The girlfriend insists he go to a hypnotherapist to help combat the stress he faces from all these outside influences, and that's where the fun begins...

Have you ever thought to yourself how great it would be to not have a care in the world, to not care about the consequences? Show up to work or just take the day off and go fishing or just plain old sleep in. Our hero discovers these joys despite the fact that hatchet men have been brought in to cull the dead wood from the company.

Unfortunately at this point the movie stopped being fun and light hearted and just took on a sad cliche of how the workers get back at their employers. Up until this point I found the story fun and very entertaining. After this point I wish I had just walked out. The whole tone of the movie seemed to change into something that was just plain tired. (Admittedly though the revenge on the office printer is great, and strangely satisfying).

Now what to say about cast? Jennifer Aniston. Well you can't really say much, she was barely in it. I hope the film company thought her efforts were top notch. As I see it they probably paid through the nose for the privilege of putting here name on the credits.

The rest of the cast were fantastic, each member adding to the initial story line. Gary Cole played the slimy boss so well most people in the audience wanted to throttle him. Unfortunately though the script let the cast down towards the end. So perhaps see this movie on a discount night or skip it at the movies and grab it from the video store. Its well worth a look, but just not at full movie prices.

Click here to buy films from one of the online stores in Festivale's on-line shopping mallChris Clarke

See also:
Ali's review Jennifer Aniston also appears in The Object of My Affection, Picture Perfect and She's the One
Stephen Root also appears in Ghost, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Gary Cole also appears in A Simple Plan, In the Line of Fire, The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel
Due for Australian release March, 1999
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Title: Office Space (1999)
Written by: Mike Judge
Directed by: Mike Judge
Produced by: Michael Rotenberg, Daniel Rappaport, Guy Riedel
Edited by: David Rennie
Director of Photography: Tim Suhrstedt
running time: 90 minutes
rating: M 15+

The Players: Peter Gibbons ... Ron Livingston
Milton ... Stephen Root
Samir ... Ajay Naidu
Jennifer Aniston .... Joanna
Limbergh ... Gary Cole
Jennifer Emerson .... Female Temp
David Herman .... Michael Bolton
Official website: www.officeguy.com
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