I recently sat down to watch "Office Space" again. It came out in 1999, for anyone who cares to know. I'm not sure how many times I've seen the movie--probably quite a few while Comedy Central was running it every week for three months last year. But this time was different--I found the DVD in China and most of my colleagues and friends here have never seen it. This was the first time I've seen it in at least eight months (probably more).
It's still absolutely funny. Mike Judge made a wonderful satire of corporate America. Everything is far too familiar to anyone who has ever worked in an office or chain restaurant to not be funny in a morbid way. Jennifer Aniston is underrated in this role (I don't think I've ever liked her acting) and Ron Livingston is always good. The biggest surprise is the character Milton, played by Stephen Root from "News Radio" fame. He's hilarious. And the first time watching the film, you don't even recognize him.
Every time I watch it I see something that makes me remember my days as a summer temp or my first job out of college. I was at least fortunate enough to have a decent boss for that real job.
Let's face it, there's great wisdom in the line, "I did nothing and it was everything I thought it could be."