Office Space
1999
***½
Director: Mike Judge
Cast: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Gary Cole, Stephen Roo, John C. McGinley

Mike Judge made his name with the animations Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill. His live action debut is based on the Milton cartoons he made for Saturday Night Live. The story is set in the offices of a bureaucratic and hierachical software company. Peter, a programmer who hates his boring job, takes part in an unfinished session of hypnotherapy which gives him a whole new outlook on life. Those who have worked in a cubicle will enjoy the comedy Judge draws out of banality, those who haven’t will find it pretty dull. This satire is enjoyable but it starts to lose its bite towards the end when Peter and his colleagues plot a revenge on their employer.