An 'Office Space' Retrospective With Mike Judge

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Jason Flay : One of those rate films that is truly an ensamble masterpiece. I think if a couple of those characters were done differently it would not have had the impact. Everyone was on their A game. A true cult classic

Bryon Lape : So, Butt-Head is basically Mike Judge's real voice.

Forks Trip : My son is autistic and he also has muscular dystrophy. This is one of his all time favorite movies for some reason. When he was in high school his sister and her best friend took him to the prom. Wheeled him around in his wheelchair. Afterward I asked him how it was. He grinned and said, "Two chicks at the same time!"

Michael Richardson : "Fight Club would be the movie Peter thinks he's in." That is absolutely perfect.

Alexandra : This is the best film ever made.

Robert Slydell : Mike Judge is an absolute genius. If he didn't have the balls to abandon his engineering career for comedy we would have been deprived of a helluva lot of laughs.

Craig Brown : Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment.

Rick Sanchez : Mike judge gets it. This movie and idiocracy defines current humanity.

Jeremiah Fernandez : mike judge's lack of facial expression is amazing and unnerving at the same time

Robert Luben : I actually had to face off with 'consultants' once working at a company that was in the process of being sold to a bigger company. The consulting firm was payed (get this) $60,000 to come in and improve morale so they could retain more people during the sale. When they asked me what I thought could be done to improve morale I told them that they should all get fired and the 60,000 dollars should be divided up among the 120 or so employees we had. They didn't ask me any more questions.

Jordan R : Holy shit. I never noticed Jen anniston's boss was Mike judge.

rob rick : Domestic Hotness needs to become a thing.

K _E : Movie? More like reality show. I liked this movie the first time I saw it but I appreciated it a ton more when after I worked at a corporate job. This movie always reminded me to never drink the corporate kool-aid and be my own person at work.

TheRealMrMcCoy : I just hear a toned down Hank Hill when Judge talks lmao

Forks Trip : The Lawrences of the world really are the happiest. Work hard, go home tired, drink beer, fish on the weekend, and don't worry about it. If you know how to DO STUFF you'll always have a place to sleep and food on the table. Lawrence is the Zen Master.

l : I was an admin clerk in the Marines from 1996 to 2000. This movie was a hit in my office. This is my Full Metal Jacket!

Pete Williams : One of my favorite touches (and perfectly appropriate) to this movie was when Peter's girlfriend screams her break-up message on the phone to him and the phone physically moves. Great stuff!

Gwasgray : This film was The Office before even the British version was made.

Mark Klose : My favorite documentary.

sajmeister : Swingline should have paid Mike Judge product placement revenue, he made the red stapler an icon.

Eric Taylor : "Does anyone ever say "It looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays?"" No.... No way.... In fact, I think you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that."

WalterLiddy : The cast was perfect, even the bit parts.

Joy of Lego : I used "AssClown" as my Password for years !!!

Rufus Slothkowski : I used to work in the building in Austin that was used for the exterior shots of Initech. At the time (of my employment) it was the offices of MCI communications. The job was very much like Initech.

Chris P. Bacon : This movie is every office in America, that's what makes it so good.

Svahn : 6:25 That cracked me up. The other dude is talking about Jennifers talent, acting range blablabla and then Mike: "She's really hot..."

Garbage Person Bear : "You're just this penny stealing wanna-be criminal... man." "Yeah well that may be. But at least I never slept with Lumbergh."

Terry Wilson : The TPS report ended up on the agenda of one of my team meetings at the Post Office. Everybody at the table got the reference except the boss. Every once and a while you will hear a page at work reminding everybody to include the cover sheet on their TPS reports.

Goalie Dave : They got Jennifer Aniston at exactly the right time - she had just enough heat to give the movie a lift but 5 years later it would have been too much and probably swamped the movie (if they could have afforded her).

Fnu Lnu : P C LOAD LETTER

Unctious : The reason this movie blew up the way it did is that it truly is a satirical masterpiece of modern American white collar work life. Almost everyone who's worked in a office can relate at some level. It's been almost 20yrs. since it was released and I STILL hear people quoting dialog.

Ram Stones : I always thought Milton said "They were merry"

Bane BlackGuard : every single character in the movie was an actual person in the office I worked for. When i saw the movie I was convinced it had to have been written by someone in the office. It was uncanny.

Derek Placeholder : "moved his desk three times". That's a real thing. Big companies do random reorganizations and do weird shit to their employees that is oppressive.

Tim McDowell : My wife has never spent 1 minute in an office/cube work environment, and she found the movie hysterical. It just seemed to communicate that world so well.

JuniorX EastNY : I had a office job at an NGO!! I always thought the non-profit world would be different from the corporate world, NOPE! I was a regulatory compliance manager, and everyone hated me, and the CEO would tell me "You're not here to make friends, you're here to keep us from being audited by the feds." I was gaining weight, getting depressed. I had traveled to foreign countries in college and was interested in international affairs, which was considered bizarre, boring and weird to my work colleagues. Sometimes I would fake being dumb just to have conversations with people. Finally, the CEO who hired me was forced to step down (my protection was gone) and the new regime came after me with knives. I could have fought back, but I'm not good at OFFICE COMBAT and let myself get fired. Now I am teaching English and working with refugees in the Middle East region. Life isn't perfect of course, but I'm happier. Office Space is a great film.

MotoMarios : I can't believe the transformation of Milton's actor into Milton. So much talent went into this movie in general it's amazing.

Michael Davis : "If you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair, then why don't you make the minimum 37 pieces of flair?" I had almost this exact conversation years ago with a platoon sergeant in the Army who was trying to come down on me about my PT scores. I basically told him that I had better things to do making sure my squad was taken care of and my job was done rather than spending four hours a day working out so that I could look impressive on paper. Funny, leadership hates me at PT time, but when they need something done by someone who knows what they're doing, they always call me up.

belgianwaffles99 : Ha Michael Bolton looks like he's auditioning for a Big Lebowski remake.

OCD Stig : Ironically, Jennifer Aniston plays a horrible boss years later...

ErizotDread : A fuckin' classic! Also, I never worked a white collar job, but I still totally related to this movie! Just the workforce in general was the only experience you needed to relate. It really basically showed any workplace experience, regardless of type of job.

Conrad Crawford : That scene with the printer became goddamn ICONIC.

Robert M : I had no idea Mike Judge was in the movie

N. S. : What would you say... . . . ... You do here?

sajmeister : One of the best films ever and definitely one of my favourites

John Poe : I was a programmer at a startup software company that might as well have been named "Initech" when this movie was made. It absolutley NAILED everything about that office! Spot on! When I bought my first DVD player, this movie went home with it - and even though I have watched it countless times, it never gets old. Also love Idiocracy. Mike Judge is a genius!

valar : It's messed up that 20 years later people are still being sold and *believing in* the same cubicle hell lie.

EPLURiBusUNUM : I'll be damned, I knew the Chotchkie's manager looked so familiar, and I knew Mike Judge created Office Space, but I never put 2 and 2 together and realized that Judge played the manager..

stuna101a : Mike judge is a genius, I don't mean that metaphorically, he is a literal genius and it shows in his work. I'm just glad Mike got out of engineering to go into entertainment. The rest was history...

Adam Lee : PC LOAD LETTER - I know exactly what that means. I used to work in IT. I lost my shit when I first heard that line on screen (because I'd heard it in the office 100s of times, and everything else which was spot on). I'd say it was a perfect movie, right up there with Star Wars, but comedies don't get the glamor of space epics. I think this movie, and the TV series The IT Crowd (the British show, which has nothing to do with this movie or Mike Judge) nailed the experience, and Mike Judge has a way of doing characters in a way people can relate to. I don't know if it would work (it wouldn't), but I'd be theoretically curious about what would happen if Mike Judge and Quentin Tarantino made a movie together. Idiocracy 2, directed by Tarantino, but written by Mike Judge. A guy can dream.