Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta -- 11 Lessons from Office Space

Michael, we don’t have a lot of time on this earth. We weren’t meant to spend it this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computers all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements.

Office Space, Mike Judge’s millennial comedy of workplace errors, hit theatres in 1999 to little fanfare; the film barely earned back its (estimated) $10M budget.

In video rental and cable re-runs, though, Office Space received new life as a cult classic. The key to its enduring popularity seems to be more than just jokes. Office Space captures the struggles of the modern workplace in a way no other film does. As the old saying goes, “it’s funny because it’s true.”

1. A Case of the Mondays?: Nope. Avoid inane small talk. It makes you seem simple-minded and petty. Peter’s neighbor Lawrence said it best: “I believe you’d get your ass kicked, saying something like that.”

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