Twentieth Century Fox
1999 was a strange and glorious year for movies. We collectively experienced peak philosophical script writing, present in such classics as American Beauty (for existentialists), Fight Club (for Nietzsche savants), The Matrix (for dystopian cyberpunks, and The Sixth Sense (for budding child psychologists?). These movies certainly expanded your consciousness, but they weren’t really… relatable.
Enter Office Space. This Mike Judge-directed comedy was more of a fantasy ride than the race scene in The Phantom Menace. Because sure, floating through space with robot aliens and Natalie Portman might be fun, but in day-to-day life, beating the living crap out of faulty computer equipment and setting your office on fire sounds a lot more satisfying. Peter Gibbons’ journey from depressed desk jockey to someone who gleefully does nothing for a living is a dream come true. Judge, known mostly for Beavis & Butthead at the time, created a cult classic with his first foray into live-action film.
The movie’s extremely quotable lines, delivered by fantastic actors such as Ron Livingston, Gary Cole, Jennifer Aniston, and Diedrich Bader, are part of what has kept it such a beloved film 16 years after its release. Check out these quotes that made it one of the meme-iest movies of all time.
“Hello Peter, whats happening? Ummm, I’m gonna need you to go ahead come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around 9 that would be great, mmmk… oh oh! and I almost forgot ahh, I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday too, kay. We ahh lost some people this week and ah, we sorta need to play catch up.”–Bill Lumbergh
On a late Friday afternoon, our office anti-hero, Peter Gibbons, tries valiantly to make a quick escape without catching the attention of his boss and villain, the droll Bill Lumbergh, hoping to avoid working on Saturday. Unfortunately, he fails at this task and is not only asked to work Saturday, but Sunday as well! Gary Cole’s portrayal of Bill Lumbergh has now become legendary.