Title: Office Space
Release Date: February 19, 1999
Production Company: Judgemental Films
The thing is, Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.
Office Space is a workplace comedy that satirizes the soul-sucking aspects of office jobs from the constant micromanaging to toxically positive co-workers to the least talented people (re: connected white men) failing up. Rewatching this now in 2022 amid the media moral panic about so-called “quiet quitting,” this movie feels even more relevant than it did in the late 90s.
Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a depressed programmer at a tech company who decides to liberate himself by no longer working, with comic results. He ultimately enacts a revenge plot on the company with his friends/co-workers Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu) and Michael Bolton (David Herman). In a side plot, he begins dating Joanna (Jennifer Aniston), who works an equally soul-sucking job as a waitress for a cheezy restaurant franchise. Gary Cole has a memorable role as Peter’s slimy, passive-aggressive boss Lumbergh, while Stephen Root plays the meek Milton who is the butt of many jokes.
The movie’s reputation is built on its first half, maybe 2/3’s but falls flat toward the end (really everything after they destroy the printer). And there’s a lot of homophobic language which is off-putting even if its accurate for a tech workplace. But other than that there are good reasons why this movie remains relatable, and memeable, over two decades later.