Office Space

Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam! I swear to God one of these days I'm just going to kick this piece of shit out of the window.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * · · · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * · · · )

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You know a movie isn't going to get more than a two when it is an hour and twenty minutes and stars Jennifer Aniston. It is going to have to bust some serious ass to get that two, and frankly this one didn't. Office space is a movie to remind us working stiffs how much our lives suck and frankly, living half a mile from the Wilson bridge in North Virginia does that without any help. You get what you expect with this one, there isn't much of a surprise. Traffic, lousy parking, tight grey cubes and more. For a movie about lame office life, you have a ton of material from the years of dilbert cartoons, but they didn't seem to take it. Instead we get friggin Rachel from Friends starting every sentence with "Ok". Crap. There are a couple of well done scenes. The installation of the Superman 3 virus (thank God they cited it, it would have been over for me if they didn't) and the beating of the fax machine are a couple worthy pieces of work. Our hero's nightmares of his boss nailing his girlfriend while sipping a cup of coffee and talking about MTRs was another good bit. But these little sprinkles of taste did nothing to save a movie who had boatloads of material and nothing to show. If you want a real movie about the breakdown of corporate life, see Fight Club. Now that was 10x the movie this is. The DVD was a typical Fox dud with a pretty good 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack but no 16x9 enhanced picture and no extras. Frankly, this movies best feature is the fact that you get 40 extra minutes of your life back at the end. The other side to that is it was about an hour and twenty minutes too long.