Destined to become a cult classic from the get-go, Office Space is a satirical look at modern office life. It hits so close to home with so many people to this day, that it continues to be one the most watched movies on services like Netflix and Amazon. This comedy is set in or near the 1990’s and tells the story of a group of disgruntled office workers at a software company and how they deal, or don’t exactly deal, with everyday life in their entirely dysfunctional office.
The movie was filmed mainly in Austin with some portions shot in and around and Dallas. Office Space is based on, of all things, a cartoon series called “Milton” that got it’s start on Liquid Television, Night After Night and Saturday Night Live. The inspiration for “Milton” came from the author’s real life experience of working at a temporary position putting purchase orders in alphabetical order. (That couldn’t sound any more dull, could it?)
Office space debuted in movie theaters across the country in February 1999. It didn’t do so well. The films budget hit $10 million and it only made $12.8 million in theaters. However, it more than made up for that in sales of the VHS (what??) and DVD versions. Critics loved it! Well most of them anyway. The Entertainment Weekly review of this movie had horrible things to say about it like “Office Space feels cramped and underimagined” and rated it a “C.”
No matter that one bad review, Office Space to this day remains a cult classic and several quotes from the film can be heard over cubical walls in offices all over. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:
- The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.
- And I said, I don’t care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I’m, I’m quitting, I’m going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they’ve moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay because if they take my stapler then I’ll set the building on fire…
- The ratio of people to cake is too big.
- Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler…
- This isn’t so bad, huh? Makin’ bucks, gettin’ exercise, workin’ outside.
- I can’t believe what a bunch of nerds we are. We’re looking up “money laundering” in a dictionary.
If you are one of the people that never saw this movie in theaters or at home, you should do your self a huge favor and watch it. It’s full of laugh out loud office scenes that may strike you as “hey, that’s just like my office.”
Let me know how much you love it in the comments below.