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Office Space Redux

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As King of the Hill goes into its umpteenth season on the Fox Network schedule, I have to wonder how this pedestrian show overshadows Mike Judge’s true contribution to pop culture: the cinematic wonder that is 1999’s Office Space. This low-budget offering barely made back its production costs during its run at the cineplex, thanks to some piss-poor promotion from 20th Century FOx and the general indifference of critics who largely didn’t care one way or another about the film.

Shortly after its video release and feature on pay movie channels, Office Space began to take on a rabid cult following. Today, you hear phrases lifted from that movie at workplaces all across this country–phrases like “sounds like somebody’s got a case of ‘The Mondays'” and “Did you get that memo about the TPS Reports?” (“TPS” has become an office bacronym for things like “Totally Pointless Stuff” and “To Paper Shredder”.) The Swingline Stapler company even put a bright red stapler into production because of the demand for one “Like Milton used”. (The red Swingline used in the movie was custom-painted to match the stapler used in the original “Milton” Shorts.)

I guess the genius of this film is just how relatable it is. Anyone who works in a salaried, data-driven, cube-farm environment understands the hell of reporting to multiple bosses, efficiency audits, being tagged to work weekend hours and dealing with other employees who are too consumed with their own misery to care about yours. Face it; most of us are–at least in some way–dissatisfied and unfulfilled by their job. And who hasn’t fantasized about beating a contrary piece of office equipment into the ground with a Geto Boys soundtrack cheering you on? (“Die, Motherfucker. Die, Motherfucker–Still, fool…)

Given the universal nature of the film’s storyline, it’s fair to wonder if it would still be relevent in another context. To find out, watch this video, which masterfully dubs Office Space dialogue over the 70s animated Super Friends series. Enjoy!

i bleev u have mai staplr / mai staplr. i bleev u have it.

-soylent ape

 

Bagel note: Hey, Kids! Go check out Jesse’s guest spot at Cartridge Comics! Yay!

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Written by Soylent Ape

August 6, 2007 at 12:38 pm

19 Responses

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  1. That was the only movie to every really understand me. We still have coffee now and again…but it’s been awkward since the baby.

    A.J. Valliant

    August 6, 2007 at 3:42 pm

  2. i helped build some office buildings for Eli Lilly. I was up on a lift looking down on one of the floors that had 4 hundred cubicles, and it occured to me that populated with little worker drones it would look just like a giant game of whack a mole from that vantage point.

    criminyjicket

    August 6, 2007 at 10:32 pm

  3. That’s an interesting perspective! Cubicles are the ultimate corporate dehumanization tactic.

    Soylent Ape

    August 7, 2007 at 6:29 am

  4. I always thought his great contribution was beavis & Butthead personally.

    Superhero

    August 7, 2007 at 1:02 pm

  5. I love that movie. Even if I never plan to work at a place like that, I still love it.

    Cody

    August 7, 2007 at 2:43 pm

  6. Office Space is a movie of awesome power.

    bagel of everything

    August 7, 2007 at 4:15 pm

  7. @ Cody: I don’t think anyone plans to work at a place like that.

    @ Superhero: B&B were pretty big, even though I didn’t like them. (Made fun of too many of my fav. bands). However, they were pretty timely. I don’t think the next generation will relate to it so easily. However, as long as people continue to work at jobs they despise, Office Space will have a following.

    Soylent Ape

    August 8, 2007 at 6:23 am

  8. hahaha…you know… as much as I hate the “cheezburger” site (i know you’ll never forgive me for skewering it), I fuckin laughed my ass off at the cat above. Seriously…awesome. Looks just like Milton too! Good stuff.

    WhatPushesMyButtons

    August 8, 2007 at 2:37 pm

  9. hahah

    Chris, I might forgive you for skewering it … what I can’t forgive you for is … well, claiming falsely to have skewered it when all you were really doing was complaining that Cheez gets more traffic than you do.

    :P

    jessecuster

    August 8, 2007 at 2:45 pm

  10. oh snap!

    bagel of everything

    August 8, 2007 at 5:06 pm

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  13. The Japanese cherish and embrace that cubicle shit. They slepp in fucking stackable shoe boxes.

    micky2

    February 11, 2008 at 11:58 am

  14. I guess you could slepp in a shoe box, but I meant to say sleep.

    micky2

    February 11, 2008 at 11:59 am

  15. I can shlep a shoebox.

    Yeah, those capsuruhoterus (capsule hotels) are pretty freaky. In some cities they cost as much as a regular hotel room in an American Hampton Inn or Ramada. Everything in Japan is ridiculously expensive.) In most cases, they only allow men to stay in them. My cousin got stuck in Osaka and had to wait a day for a train. He tried to stay in one, but was far too tall.

    Soylent Ape

    February 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm

  16. Shooting flys on the ceiling would be easy.

    micky2

    February 11, 2008 at 7:04 pm

  17. Except you’d probably shoot the guy in the capsule above you, too.

    Soylent Ape

    February 12, 2008 at 12:04 am

  18. Well, if women arent allowed hes just gonna have to suck it up.

    micky2

    February 12, 2008 at 12:19 am

  19. Today, I made a deposit at my local bank. I asked the teller if I could borrow his stapler. He said I could since it wasn’t his “red stapler”. I asked if it was the Swingline Stapler and he laughed. This movie is far more popular than anyone realizes.

    Soylent Ape

    February 29, 2008 at 7:58 pm


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