Office Space was released February 19, 1999 by 20th Century Fox. It was written and directed by Mike Judge, creator of Silicon Valley, Idiocracy, and several other works many of which satirize things as they are in America. Judge used his experinences working in corporate America to put together of a few disgruntled coworkers at a major software firm. They base their plot on a scheme from Superman III, and to an extent they are successful. While the film was marginally successful in the theaters, it has since become a cult film and can often be seen on television.
If you've ever worked a corporate job in America, you probably can relate to some or all of what the movie touches on. The meaningless and tedious work that seems to go nowhere. The overbearing managers and their ceaseless pursuit of reports and otherwise wasting your time. Yeah, it can be a bit depressing in how realistic it all is.
That being said, the movie leaves the viewer with a positive message, of sorts. The hero, Peter Gibbons, is affected by a hypnotist who seemingly transitions him from a state of bored stress to cavalier zen. Peter stops worrying altogether and then the comedy of the story ensues. Peter actually starts getting recognized for his seemingly indifferent attitude and gets pegged as being fit for management. At the same time, layoffs are happening all over the place, and the plot to skim some money from the companies coffers continues. It all comes to a hilarious climax, and Peter finds a more realistic peace somewhere in the middle.
If you haven't seen Office Space, then you should definitely keep it in mind next time your browsing for a good film. It's available through Amazon Video and YouTube for $2.99 at the time of this posting.
Most of our franchisees here at You've Got Maids have worked in corporate America at some point or another. Maybe you still do, and maybe you're looking for an out. For some, the answer is franchising. What we have here is a system that's already stood the test of time and a support network so that you're not all alone.