Office Space

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Office Space ★★½ 1998 (R)

Cartoon bigwig Mike Judge tries his hand at live action in this satire of white collar corporate drudgery. Peter (Livingston) is a drone for a software company well on his way to a nervous breakdown when a hypnosis mishap opens his eyes. He becomes so apathetic toward his job that he can't even muster up the energy to quit. His new no-work ethic is mistaken by a pair of corporate headhunters as “middle-management potential,” and he is promoted as his pals Michael (Herman) and Samir (Naidu) are laid off. Frustrated in his attempts to be down-sized, Peter hatches a plot to embezzle the company. Stephen Root, as disgruntled nerd Milton, steals scenes like they were office supplies in an unlocked cabinet. Adapted from animated shorts made by Judge before the Beavis and Butthead gravy train rolled into the station. 89m/C VHS, DVD, UMD . Mike Judge, John C. McGinley, Paul Willson, Orlando Jones, Alexandra Wentworth, Michael McShane, Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Gary Cole, Diedrich Bader, Stephen (Steve) Root, Richard Riehle; D: Mike Judge; W: Mike Judge; C: Tim Suhrstedt; M: John (Gianni) Frizzell.