Office Space (1999)
Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Stephen Root, Gary Cole
Budget: $10 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $10.8 million
Mike Judge is a brilliant writer, even though he loves writing buffoonish characters. He first hit it big with the MTV animated series Beavis and Butt-head, which spawned the 1996 theatrical smash, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, a box office juggernaut that accumulated $323 million worldwide.
When it comes to live action, however, Judge hasn't been so lucky. First came the 1999 flop Office Space, and then, seven years later, Idiocracy failed to make a splash.
Office Space is the closest we'll ever get to a live-action Dilbert film, and that's a good thing. Judge's comedy deals with the same kind of drone job ennui, but with more mean-spirited zaniness than anything Scott Adams put down on the page.
Ron Livingston stars as a man who hates his job. One night, he visits a hypnotist who convinces him to stop caring. It turns out to be a great career move, as he begins to advance almost immediately. The cutting satire remains Judge's best work to date.