Office Space (1999)
Sometimes an artistic work gets retrospective plot holes through its use of technology. How many movie plots wouldn’t work if the characters had cell phones? When you really think about it, how many movies wouldn’t have happened if the characters knew how to use Google? It can put a dusting of age on stories that were meant to be timeless. So, serious question — does Office Space resonate with millennials? If you came of age in the gig economy, is Office Space funny? Even open-plan, fully catered co-work spaces probably have a Nina, right? Let us know, our DMs are open.
A hilarious wish-fulfilling send-up of late-20th-century office drone culture, it seems appropriate that Office Space didn’t make much of an impact at the box office but found big success on cable TV. It’s the kind of movie that hits you strongest when you’re melding with your couch, surfing channels, trying to recover your brain from a long day under fluorescent lights. Movies like Office Space seem simple on the surface, until you realize you have friends exactly like each one of these characters. It’s exactly the sort of milieu creator Mike Judge works in (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill, Idiocracy) works in. It’s not off the wall humor; it’s not even the self-serious too-cool-for-school parody takedown of, e.g., Fight Club. It’s a version of your own real life, with the silliness turned up about five percent.
Sooo, we’re gonna need you to go ahead and come in Wednesday, October 17, for the REWIND presentation of Office Space, mmkay?