Office Space

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Office Space is a 1999 American comedy film written and directed by Mike Judge. It satirizes work life in a typical 1990s software company, focusing on a handful of individuals who are fed up with their jobs. The film's sympathetic portrayal of ordinary IT workers garnered it a cult following among those in that profession, but the film also addresses themes familiar to office workers and white collar employees in general. It was filmed in Las Colinas, Texas and Austin, Texas.

Office Space is based on the Milton series of cartoons created by Mike Judge. Office Space was Mike Judge's foray into live action film and his second full length motion picture release (the first being the animated Beavis and Butt-head Do America). The promotional campaign for Office Space often associated it with Beavis and Butt-head.

While not a box office success, the film eventually developed into a cult film and sold very well on VHS and DVD.

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Plot

The film is centered on a group of software engineers working at Initech, a company plagued by excessive management. Much of the film's plot involves everyday annoyances of office work in a cube farm.

Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is a disgruntled programmer at Initech. Peter spends his days "staring at his desk" instead of reprogramming bank software for the then-expected Y2K disaster. His co-workers include Samir Nagheenanajar (Ajay Naidu), who is annoyed by the fact that nobody can pronounce his last name correctly; Michael Bolton (David Herman), who loathes having the same name as the famous singer, whom he hates; and Milton Waddams (Stephen Root), a meek, fixated collator who constantly mumbles to himself (most notably about his workmates borrowing his favorite red Swingline stapler and setting the workplace on fire). All four are repeatedly bullied and harassed by management, especially Initech's callous vice president, Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole). The staff are further agitated by the arrival of two consultants, informally known as "The Bobs" since they share the same first name, who are brought in to help with cutting expenses, mainly through downsizing.

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