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Reviewed September 13th, 1999 by Staff


Mike Judge, creator of “Beavis and Butthead” and “King of the Hill”, has turned another cartoon creation into a feature film with great results. Judge created animated shorts for Saturday Night Live starring Milton, a pathetic, mumbling office worker, confined to a cubical and tormented by his boss. The live-action Office Space, based on the Milton cartoons, is absolutely brilliant for anyone that has worked in high-tech.

While Milton is certainly a part of Office Space, Judge chooses Peter, played by Ron Livingston, to play his cubical-jockey hero. Peter, with the help of an occupational hypnotherapist (do those exist?), decides he just won't go to work anymore. Strangely enough, he gets promoted. Peter, and his laid-off friends Michael and Shamir, hatch up a plan to get even with the company that has given them so much grief. Jennifer Aniston plays Peter's waitress girlfriend, which opens the door for some anti-service industry humor.

Judge's film making and writing are very fresh. This is a very original comedy which relies on plenty of conversations. Despite all the talk, or probably because of it, the film holds the audience's attention and is very entertaining. Judge also directs Office Space in a very interesting way: everything is slightly over the top, making almost every line in the film funny.

The DVD looks very good. The non-anamorphic, 1.85:1 aspect ratio print of the film displays little or no artifacts. The color and detail are good.

The 5.1 mix is quite ordinary for most of the film, but it comes alive during dream sequences. The sub and split surround effects add to the bizarre nature of Peter's dreams. Music is mixed well across the front speakers.

There are no real extras to report on the disc, but the animated menus are cool.


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