January 24, 2005

Office space

The last time I saw Office Space (around 3 years ago), I liked it so much that I made a mental note to see it again, when I get a chance. I finally got around to seeing it yesterday, and I still like it as much.

This has become a cult movie, especially among tech workers. It was released in 1999, before the large scale tech layoffs. Its sort of a comedy, you’ll certainly laugh a lot while seeing it. But its funny in the sense Dilbert is funny — tragic and ironic. Of course, only people who have worked in such an environment as shown can say whether its an accurate enough picture of real life.

The best parts of the movie are the scenes with the ‘two Bobs’, consultants hired to decide who should be laid off. There are some unforgettable dialogues strewn throughout the movie.

Bob: Well, what would you say… you do here?
Tom: Well-well look. I already told you: I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don’t have to! I have people skills; I am good at dealing with people. Can’t you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?

Peter: And here’s something else, Bob! I have eight different bosses right now!
Bob: I beg your pardon?
Peter: Eight bosses.
Bob: Eight?
Peter: Eight, Bob!

The soundtrack of the movie is also pretty cool — hip-hop & rap put in at just the right times to cause the most effect. I’d recommend seeing this movie anyday.

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