Office Spacewas shot inDallasandAustin, Texas. It is based on JudgesMiltoncartoon series and was his first foray into live-action filmmaking and his second full-length motion picture release, followingBeavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Office Spacewas shot primarily inAustin, Texas. It originated in a series of four animatedshort filmsthat Judge created entitledMiltonabout an office drone named Milton. They first aired onLiquid TelevisionandNight After Night with Allan Havey, and later aired onSaturday Night Live.The inspiration came from a temp job which he had that involved alphabetizing purchase ordersand another job as an engineer for three months in the Bay Area during the 1980s, just in the heart ofSilicon Valleyand in the middle of that overachieveryuppiething, it was just awful.
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The setting of the film reflects a prevailing trend that Judge observed in the United States. It seems like every city now has these identical office parks with identical adjoining chain restaurants, he said in an interview.There were a lot of people who wanted me to set this movie inWall Street, or like the movieBrazil, but I wanted it very unglamorous, the kind of bleak work situation like I was in.
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Peter Gibbons is a programmer at a company called Initech who is frustrated and unmotivated at his job. His co-workers include Samir Nagheenanajar and Michael Bolton, also programmers, and Milton Waddams, a meek collator who is mostly ignored by the rest of the office. The staff constantly suffer under callous management, especially Initechs smarmy vice presidentBill 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 companydownsize.
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Judge made the transition from animation to live-action with the help of the films director of photography who taught him about lenses and where to put the camera. Judge says, I had a great crew, and its good going into it not pretending youre an expert.Studio executives were not happy with the footage that Judge was getting. He remembers them telling him, More energy! More energy! We gotta reshoot it! Youre failing! Youre failing!In addition, Fox did not like thegangsta rapmusic used in the film until a focus group approved of it. Judge hated the ending and wished he could have completely rewritten the third act.
When Peter finally shows up at work, he casually disregards office protocol, including violating Initechs dress code, taking Lumberghs reserved parking spot, refusing to follow Lumberghs directions, and removing a cubicle wall that blocks his view out the window. The consultants, however, are impressed by his frank insights into the office problems, and they decide to promote him. They also confide that Michael and Samirs jobs will be eliminated; Peter relays this news to them, and the trio decide to get even by infecting Initechs accounting system with a computer virus designed todivert fractions of penniesinto a bank account. They believe that such transactions are small enough to avoid detection but will result in a substantial amount of money over time. On Michael and Samirs 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.
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is a 1999 Americancomedy filmwritten and directed byMike Judge.It satirizes the everyday work life of a typical mid-to-late-1990ssoftware company, focusing on a handful of individuals fed up with their jobs. It starsRon LivingstonJennifer AnistonGary ColeStephen RootDavid HermanAjay Naidu, andDiedrich Bader.
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In 2008,Entertainment WeeklynamedOffice Spaceone of The 100 best films from 1983 to 2008, ranking it at 73.
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Office Spacewas released on February 19, 1999 in 1,740 theatres, grossing USD$4,231,727 on its opening weekend. It went on to make $10,827,810 in North America.In addition to this gross, $2 million was made internationally,6 million copies in DVD,Blu-ray Discand VHS salessince February 12, 2006.
Comedy CentralpremieredOffice Spaceon August 5, 2001 and 1.4 million viewers tuned in. By 2003, the channel had broadcast the film another 35 times.These broadcasts helped develop the films cult following and Ron Livingston remembers being approached by college students and office workers. He said, I get a lot of people who say, I quit my job because of you. Thats kind of a heavy load to carry.People approached Stephen Root asking him to sign their staplers. The redSwinglinestapler featured prominently in the film was not available until April 2002 when the company released it in response to repeated requests by fans of the film. Its appearance in the film was achieved by taking a standard Swingline stapler and spray-painting it red.
The films sympathetic depiction of ordinaryITworkers garnered a cult following within that field, but it also addresses themes familiar towhite-collaremployees and the workforce in general. It was not a big success at the box office, making $12.2 million against a $10 million production budget. It was well received by critics, sold well on home video, and has become acult film.
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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 abugin Michaels 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 Lumberghs office door late at night, along withtravelers chequesfor the stolen money.
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On February 8, 2009, a reunion of many of the cast members took place at theParamount Theatrein Austin to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the film, which included the destruction of a printer on the sidewalk.
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Judge sold the film to20th Century Foxbased on his script and a cast that included Jennifer Aniston, Ron Livingston, andDavid Herman.Originally, the studio wanted to make a film out of the Milton character but Judge was not interested, opting instead to make more of anensemble castbased film.The studio suggested that he make a movie likeCar Washbut just set in an office.
Owen GleibermaninEntertainment Weeklygave the film a C rating and criticized it for feeling cramped and underimagined.In his review for theGlobe and Mail, Rick Groen wrote, Perhaps his TV background makes him unaccustomed to the demands of a feature-length script (the ending seems almost panicky in its abruptness), or maybe he just succumbs to the lure of the easy yuk…what began as discomfiting satire soon devolves into silly farce.In his review inThe New York Times, Stephen Holden wrote, It has the loose-jointed feel of a bunch of sketches packed together into a narrative that doesnt gather much momentum.
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Judge also hated the poster that the studio created forOffice Space(which portrayed an office worker completely covered inPost-it notes). He said, People were like, What is this? A big bird? A mummy? A beekeeper? And the tagline Work Sucks? It looked like anOffice Depotad. I just hated it. I hated the trailers, too and the TV ads especially.Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman conceded that the marketing campaign did not work and said,Office Spaceisnt likeAmerican Pie. It doesnt have the kind of jokes you put in a 15-second television spot of somebody getting hit on the head with a frying pan. Its sly. And let me tell you, sly is hard to sell.
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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 Lumberghs office to reclaim a redSwinglinestapler 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 a rival company to Initech. Milton lounges on the beach at a fancy Mexican resort, complaining about his beverage and threatening to take his business to a competitor.
Roger Ebertof theChicago Sun-Timesgave the film three out of four stars and wrote that Judge treats his characters a little like cartoon creatures. That works. Nuances of behavior are not necessary, because in the cubicle world every personality trait is magnified, and the captives stagger forth like grotesques.In his review for theSan Francisco Chronicle,Mick LaSallewrites, Livingston is nicely cast as Peter, a young guy whose imagination and capacity for happiness are the very things making him miserable.InUSA Today, Susan Wloszczyna wrote, If youve ever had a job, youll be amused by this paean to peons.
Peters 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 seriesKung Fu.
During the2016 presidential election, a scene from the film was spoofed in apolitical advertisement, which was run byTed CruzmockingHillary Clintonover her wiped personal email server. The advertisement spoofs the scene where the office workers destroy their malfunctioning printer.
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On October 5, 2008, Fox aired theFamily GuyepisodeI Dream of Jesuswhich features a scene in which Stewie and Brian destroy the recordSurfin Birdin a nearly identical scene to the movie in which the characters destroy a printer, including use of the same song.
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Office Spacehas become acult classic, selling well on home video and DVD.As of 2003[update], it had sold 2.6 million copies onVHSandDVD.In the same year, it was in the top 20 best-selling Fox DVDs along withTheres Something About Mary.As of 2006[update], it had sold over six million DVDs in the United States alone.
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Kongregatereleased a mobile game based on the film, titledOffice Space: Idle Profits, oniOSandAndroidin 2017. The game is athat offersin-app purchases.
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In 2008,Entertainment Weeklyranked it fifth on its list 25 Great Comedies From the Past 25 Years, despite having originally given the film a poor review.
Office Spacereceived positive reviews from critics.On review aggregatorRotten Tomatoes, the film has a 79% rating based on 96 reviews, and an average rating of 6.8/10. The sites critical consensus reads, Mike Judge lampoons the office grind with its inspired mix of sharp dialogue and witty one-liners.Metacriticgives a weighted average score of 68/100, based on reviews from 30 critics, indicating generally favorable reviews.Audiences polled byCinemaScoreduring opening weekend gave the film an average grade of C+ on a scale ranging from A+ to F.