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Sunday, February 08, 2021

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: Office Space, that oft-cited modern classic comedy, is ten years old this month. It was unleashed upon U.S. movie theaters on February 19, 1999.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this flick, Mike Judge’s testament to absurdist workplace alienation. Given that we’re all mostly working stiffs, and have to deal with office politics (even freelancing hired guns like me), I guess the movie resonated so much because it’s instantly relateable.

It is still so? A full decade has passed, so you’d expect Office Space to start showing its age at this point. I’m not sure how much it has. American corporate culture is still pretty similar to the way it’s portrayed in this flick. If anything, it’s gotten more unstable of late, thanks to the ongoing economic crisis; but essentially, I think the inner workings of Initech are duplicated in any number of companies in the real world.

But after a decade, I’d expect the movie’s circumstances to start looking dated. If not now, then maybe by the time the 20th anniversary rolls around…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 02/08/2021 10:31:58 PM
Category: Movies
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