Office Space

Before the BBC's The Office, or NBC's version with Steve Carell, there was Office Space, Mike Judge's 1999 exposé of Initech, a generic edge-city software company rooted in his own pre–Beavis and Butt-Head cubicle days. Ron Livingston, David Herman, and Ajay Naidu play the trio of malcontents who gradually decide to revolt against their corporate overlords (led by Gary Cole in all his suspendered glory). Jennifer Aniston hints at a better career path not taken as Livingston's crush at the degrading local TGIF-style franchise eatery, Chotchkie's, where she's required to wear multiple pieces of flair. The film is endlessly quotable and resonant for those of us who endure the daily inanity of office life. (Every time I tussle with the printer, I hear Samir's complaint—"Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam?') Even if the exact nature and origin of those dreaded "TPS reports" is never explained, we've all had to file them. (R) BRIAN MILLER

Jan. 2-10, 9:30 p.m., 2012

 
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