Why 'Office Space' is more accurate than you think

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When the movie 'Office Space' came out in 1999, audiences laughed at the absurdity of its portrayal of a soul-sucking corporate job.

Little did we know, it would become a prophetic depiction of the modern workplace. Here are all the ways we relate to Office Space: 

  1. Rush hour traffic: We've all been there, stuck in traffic on the way to work, and Peter Gibbons screaming at other drivers to "move their car" is the perfect representation of our inner road rage.

  2. Pointless requests: Filling out TPS reports, working on weekends - it's all too familiar. Who hasn't felt like Peter when dealing with corporate bureaucracy?

  3. The iconic character of Milton: From his obsession with his red stapler to his constant workplace intrusions, Milton Waddams is the quintessential powerless office drone that we can all relate to.

  4. The pressure to conform: The movie's take on having to wear "flair" on a uniform is a hilarious representation of the expectations and conformity that we all feel in the workplace.

  5. The legendary printer destruction scene: Watching Peter and his coworkers demolish a malfunctioning printer with a baseball bat is a cathartic release that we've all dreamed of when dealing with frustrating technology issues.

  6. The soul-crushing mundanity of office life: From the endless, mind-numbing meetings to the constant barrage of email, "Office Space" captures the monotony of modern office life perfectly.

  7. The monotony of "casual Friday": The movie's take on "casual Friday" - when everyone shows up wearing Hawaiian shirts - is a hilarious reminder of how even small changes in workplace routine can feel like a big deal.

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  8. The joys of skipping work: Who hasn't felt like Peter and his coworkers when they ditch work to go fishing instead? Sometimes you just need a break from the office.

  9. The mind-numbing cubicle life: The endless rows of cubicles that Peter and his coworkers are stuck in are still a common sight in modern offices, making the movie's portrayal of cubicle life as relevant as ever.

  10. The importance of finding fulfillment outside of work: Ultimately, "Office Space" is a reminder that work shouldn't be the be-all and end-all of our lives. Finding joy and fulfillment outside of the office is just as important as finding it within.

The real question is, do we have to settle for a life of TPS reports, cubicles, and bad bosses? Absolutely not. Just like the characters in 'Office Space,' we too can take a stand against the soul-sucking corporate grind and make a change. Whether it's starting our own business, finding a job that aligns with our values, or just taking a much-needed mental health day, there's always a way out.

Office Space is still the funniest and most relatable movie about work culture out there. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it now - your inner office drone will thank you.


Mr. Goblin


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