Office Space ~ Mike Judge ~ 1999 Comedy Movie DVD

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  Office Space

DVD


Directed by Mike Judge

Produced by   
Daniel Rappaport
Michael Rotenberg

Screenplay by Mike Judge

Based on Milton by Mike Judge

Starring   
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston
Stephen Root
Gary Cole

Music by John Frizzell

Cinematography Tim Suhrstedt

Edited by David Rennie

Production company
Judgmental Films

Distributed by 20th Century Fox

Release date: February 19, 1999

Running time: 89 minutes


Peter Gibbons is a programmer at a company called Initech who is frustrated and unmotivated at his job. His co-workers include fellow programmers Samir Nagheenanajar (who is annoyed that nobody can pronounce his last name correctly) and Michael Bolton (who hates having the same name as the famous singer, whom he despises), and Milton Waddams, a meek collator who is mostly ignored by the rest of the office. The staff constantly suffer under callous management, especially Initech's smarmy vice president Bill Lumbergh, whom Peter loathes. They are further agitated by the arrival of consultants Bob Slydell and Bob Porter, who are brought in to help the company downsize.

Peter's girlfriend Anne persuades him to attend an occupational hypnotherapy session, but Dr. Swanson, the therapist, dies of a heart attack while hypnotizing Peter. Peter wakes up the next morning newly relaxed, and he ignores repeated phone calls from Lumbergh, who had been expecting him to work over the weekend. He also ignores calls from Anne, who responds by angrily breaking up with him and admitting that she has been cheating on him, confirming his friends' suspicions. The following workday, Peter decides to skip work and asks Joanna, a restaurant waitress, out for lunch. Joanna and Peter bond over their shared loathing of idiotic management and love of the television series Kung Fu.

When Peter finally shows up at work, he casually disregards office protocol, including violating Initech's dress code, taking Lumbergh's reserved parking spot, refusing to follow Lumbergh's directions, and removing a cubicle wall that blocks his view out the window. The consultants are impressed by his frank insights into the office problems, and they decide to promote him. They also confide that Michael and Samir's jobs will be eliminated; Peter relays this news to them, and the trio decide to get even by infecting Initech's accounting system with a computer virus designed to divert fractions of pennies into a bank account. They believe that such transactions are small enough to avoid detection but will result in the accrual of a substantial amount of money over time. On Michael and Samir's last day at Initech, the pair along with Peter steal a frequently malfunctioning printer, which the three take to a field and smash to pieces to vent their frustration as the Geto Boys' "Still" plays on the soundtrack.

At a barbecue, Peter learns that Joanna had previously slept with a colleague identified as "Lumbergh". He assumes it to be his boss and confronts Joanna in disgust. She questions the morality of his financial scheme, and the two split up. Peter then discovers that a bug in Michael's code has caused their virus to steal over $300,000 in only a few days, which is far more conspicuous. Meanwhile, Joanna has finally stood up to her boss and quit, and Peter has discovered that she slept with a different "Lumbergh." Peter admits to her that the scheme was a bad idea and that he plans to accept responsibility for the crime, and they reconcile. He writes out a confession and slips it under Lumbergh's office door late at night, along with traveler's cheques for the stolen money.

Milton, meanwhile, has become increasingly disgruntled at his treatment by management, to the point that he has mumbled threats about setting the building on fire. The next morning, he enters Lumbergh's office to reclaim a red Swingline stapler that was taken from him. Peter arrives at work fully expecting to be arrested, but he finds instead that his problem has solved itself. The Initech building is engulfed in flames, and all evidence of the missing money has been destroyed. Peter finally finds a job that he likes, doing construction work with his next-door neighbor Lawrence, while Samir and Michael both get jobs at Initech's rival. While hauling away rubble from the fire, Peter finds Milton's stapler and keeps it, claiming he knows someone who is looking for it. Meanwhile, Milton is seen lounging on the beach at a Mexican resort, having found the traveler's cheques Peter left in Lumbergh's office, but he is still not happy, and is heard complaining about his beverage and threatening to take his business to a competitor.


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