After seeing snippets here and there many times, and hearing about it in conversation on a number of occasions, I finally watched in its entirety Office Space. Certainly it’s an iconic film, even borderline essential — but that doesn’t mean it’s great. The production values leave something to be desired, and purely as comedy it does not measure up to the best Apatow productions. Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune characterized it as: “Drably shot, unimaginatively written and shallowly acted.”
Still, I recommend Office Space for its classic if rough-hewn content. Despite its flaws, it musters up a few good laughs, and it’ll keep you in the know next time it comes up at the water cooler. 6/10
Availability: iTunes. Comparison Notes: Any episode of The Office featuring Steve Carell (don’t bother with post-Steve Carell episodes) is ten times funnier than Office Space. And, for a much better Mike Judge production, you may visit my post on Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.