History Film / OfficeSpace

9th Apr '17 3:37:33 PM omnicritic
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* MillenniumBug: Initech's main project is fixing the "Year 2000 Problem." The benign depiction -- just a date code error that needs correcting -- is possibly the most realistic in fiction. Though certain applications could have dangerous consequences if incorrect data was entered, it mostly involved a lot of boring software upgrades, and wasn't nearly as apocalyptic as media hype made it sound. Peter uses it as a justification for the scheme: the company will be so busy with the problem that they wouldn't notice the money that goesmissing.

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* MillenniumBug: Initech's main project is fixing the "Year 2000 Problem." The benign depiction -- just a date code error that needs correcting -- is possibly the most realistic in fiction. Though certain applications could have dangerous consequences if incorrect data was entered, it mostly involved a lot of boring software upgrades, and wasn't nearly as apocalyptic as media hype made it sound. Peter uses it as a justification for the scheme: the company will be so busy with the problem that they wouldn't notice the money that goesmissing.goes missing.
31st Mar '17 1:20:18 PM xcountryguy
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** Subverted when the Peter and his friends have to deal with the fallout of their crime, and Michael Bolton rants about "stupid neanderthal Mafia guys [being] so good at crime, when smart guys like us can suck so badly at it."

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** Subverted when the Peter and his friends have to deal with the fallout of their crime, and Michael Bolton rants about "stupid neanderthal Mafia guys [being] so good at crime, when smart guys like us can suck so badly at it."



* ForgettableCharacter: Milton is a mousy office drone who is so inconspicuous that several years before the movie he was actually fired from the company, and everybody forgot to tell him about it. He continued to work there with no employment file because a glitch in the payroll system continued to send him a montly salary, which nobody noticed either. [[spoiler:Well, Lumbergh noticed; he just didn't bother to tell Milton because he wanted to screw with him. Lumbergh finally gets what's coming to him, though.]]

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* ForgettableCharacter: Milton is a mousy office drone who is so inconspicuous that several years before the movie he was actually fired from the company, and everybody forgot to tell him about it. He continued to work there with no employment file because a glitch in the payroll system continued to send him a montly monthly salary, which nobody noticed either. [[spoiler:Well, Lumbergh noticed; he just didn't bother to tell Milton because he wanted to screw with him. Lumbergh finally gets what's coming to him, though.]]



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* HollywoodLaw: While the events of the film would probably prevent Initech from being able to track Peter down internally, he still had his photo taken at the ATM. Given that none of the participants had the rank at Initech to open an account in the bank's name (they're engineers, not bursars), and given how quickly the account drew money from Initech, it's likely that Peter should be expecting a visit from the FDIC over his obvious attempt at embezzlement.
** The ATM probably didn't survive the fire, since it was Initech-operated; so any photos it did take of Peter were likely destroyed.

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* HollywoodLaw: While the events of the film would probably prevent Initech from being able to track Peter down internally, he still had his photo taken at the ATM.ATM (if the photos survived the fire). Given that none of the participants had the rank at Initech to open an account in the bank's name (they're engineers, not bursars), and given how quickly the account drew money from Initech, it's likely that Peter should be expecting a visit from the FDIC over his obvious attempt at embezzlement. \n** The ATM probably didn't survive the fire, since it was Initech-operated; so any photos it did take of Peter were likely destroyed.



* IgnoredEpiphany: When dealing with the Bobs, Peter unwittingly secures his own job, but is horrified to find out many of his friends are about to lose theirs. He's well aware that each of the friends so affected is more productive than he is, and he's the one who's actually wanted to leave. At no point, however, does he seem to make the final connection that for all that he hated working at Initech, the people laid off are the ones the company seriously abused. He does come to realize how in the wrong he was, and tries to do right by returning the money and leaving a confession.
* IKnewIt: In-universe: Peter's coworker Tom Smykowski fears he's gonna get laid off for sure. [[spoiler:And he was right. He's going to kill himself, then seeing his wife makes him decide otherwise then he's hit by a drunk driver, but the settlement money means he's set for life.]]

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* IgnoredEpiphany: When dealing with the Bobs, Peter unwittingly secures his own job, but is horrified to find out many of his friends are about to lose theirs. He's well aware that each of the friends so affected is more productive than he is, is and he's the one who's actually wanted to leave. At no point, however, does he seem to make the final connection that for all that he hated working at Initech, the people laid off are the ones the company seriously abused. He does come to realize how in the wrong he was, and tries to do right by returning the money and leaving a confession.
* IKnewIt: IKnewIt:
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In-universe: Peter's coworker Tom Smykowski fears he's gonna get laid off for sure. [[spoiler:And he was right. He's going to kill himself, then seeing his wife makes him decide otherwise then he's hit by a drunk driver, but driver and the settlement money means he's set for life.]]



* {{Jerkass}}: Joanna's co-worker Brian, an annoyingly, insincerely cheerful git whom their boss admires because he has more flair. Near the end, he flips Joanna off (mocking at how she got herself fired) and drives off laughing.

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* {{Jerkass}}: {{Jerkass}}:
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Joanna's co-worker Brian, an annoyingly, insincerely cheerful git whom their boss admires because he has more flair. Near the end, he flips Joanna off (mocking at how she got herself fired) and drives off laughing.



* KarmaHoudini: All of the protagonists in that they get away with their attempted crime (although they also lose the money), but most notably Milton. He gets sick of his job and [[spoiler:burns the place down, in the process finding thousands of dollars lying on the floor and escaping to a tropical resort]]. Subverted somewhat in that he seems to be equally miserable when he gets there.

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* KarmaHoudini: KarmaHoudini:
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All of the protagonists in that they get away with their attempted crime (although they also lose the money), but most notably Milton. He gets sick of his job and [[spoiler:burns the place down, in the process finding thousands of dollars lying on the floor and escaping to a tropical resort]]. Subverted somewhat in that he seems to be equally miserable when he gets there.
31st Mar '17 12:55:49 PM xcountryguy
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Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job -- not that he wants to quit, or feels that he should stop showing up; he just doesnt' ''care''. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael (David Herman) and Samir (Ajay Naidu), are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution steal from]] [[InsideJob the company]].

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Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job -- not that he wants to quit, or feels that he should stop showing up; he just doesnt' doesn't ''care''. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael (David Herman) and Samir (Ajay Naidu), are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution steal from]] [[InsideJob the company]].



** [[spoiler: Lumbergh, if you consider a certain deleted scene to be canon.]]

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** [[spoiler: Lumbergh, [[spoiler:Lumbergh, if you consider a certain deleted scene to be canon.]]



** Nina. She deliberately engineers the cake-passing, including breaking her own rule, to ensure it's Milton who doesn't get any (for the second time in a row). Nothing bad ever happens to her, [[spoiler: unless you count her workplace being destroyed]].

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** Nina. She deliberately engineers the cake-passing, including breaking her own rule, to ensure it's Milton who doesn't get any (for the second time in a row). Nothing bad ever happens to her, [[spoiler: unless [[spoiler:unless you count her workplace being destroyed]].



* KickedUpstairs: Given Initech's size and the emphasis on each supervisor getting a TPS report, as well as the relative age differences between management and employees, it's implied that the management team takes the fairly common approach of promoting from within the facility. [[spoiler: It's also implied to be Peter's reward for hitting it off with the Bobs.]]

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* KickedUpstairs: Given Initech's size and the emphasis on each supervisor getting a TPS report, as well as the relative age differences between management and employees, it's implied that the management team takes the fairly common approach of promoting from within the facility. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's also implied to be Peter's reward for hitting it off with the Bobs.]]



* PennyShaving: As revenge for [[spoiler: Michael and Samir being fired]], the three protagonists develop a virus which is supposed to shave pennies off every transaction the company does. [[spoiler: Due to a bug it shaves significantly more then they wanted.]]

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* PennyShaving: As revenge for [[spoiler: Michael [[spoiler:Michael and Samir being fired]], the three protagonists develop a virus which is supposed to shave pennies off every transaction the company does. [[spoiler: Due [[spoiler:Due to a bug it shaves significantly more then they wanted.]]



* SwissCheeseSecurity: Aside from Lumbergh's office [[spoiler: being unlocked]], most tech companies take some fairly basic precautions for keeping their internal networks safe, such as alerting security whenever a floppy drive is accessed, having multiple people tracking new code additions to major systems (like financial transfers), and keeping a log of all employee access to the networks (especially if layoffs are about to be announced). Then again, security costs ''money'', yo... have you seen how low our profits are?

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* SwissCheeseSecurity: Aside from Lumbergh's office [[spoiler: being [[spoiler:being unlocked]], most tech companies take some fairly basic precautions for keeping their internal networks safe, such as alerting security whenever a floppy drive is accessed, having multiple people tracking new code additions to major systems (like financial transfers), and keeping a log of all employee access to the networks (especially if layoffs are about to be announced). Then again, security costs ''money'', yo... have you seen how low our profits are?
29th Mar '17 4:15:29 AM Master_Prichter
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* SwissCheeseSecurity: Aside from Lumbergh's office [[spoiler: being unlocked]], most tech companies take some fairly basic precautions for keeping their internal networks safe, such as alerting security whenever a floppy drive is accessed, having multiple people tracking new code additions to major systems (like financial transfers), and keeping a log of all employee access to the networks (especially if layoffs are about to be announced).

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* SwissCheeseSecurity: Aside from Lumbergh's office [[spoiler: being unlocked]], most tech companies take some fairly basic precautions for keeping their internal networks safe, such as alerting security whenever a floppy drive is accessed, having multiple people tracking new code additions to major systems (like financial transfers), and keeping a log of all employee access to the networks (especially if layoffs are about to be announced). Then again, security costs ''money'', yo... have you seen how low our profits are?
4th Feb '17 11:56:05 AM karstovich2
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Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job -- not that he wants to quit, or feels that he should stop showing up; he just doesnt' ''care''. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael (David Herman) and Samir (Ajay Naidu), are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution rob]] [[InsideJob the company]].

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Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job -- not that he wants to quit, or feels that he should stop showing up; he just doesnt' ''care''. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael (David Herman) and Samir (Ajay Naidu), are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution rob]] steal from]] [[InsideJob the company]].
27th Jan '17 10:12:57 PM Mdumas43073
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-->-- '''Peter Gibbons.'''

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-->-- '''Peter Gibbons.'''
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A comedy by Creator/MikeJudge, ''Office Space'' introduced us to the world of Initech, a [[IncompetenceInc soul-crushingly inane software company]] presided over by Bill Lumbergh, a [[PointyHairedBoss soul-crushingly inane boss]] obsessed with TPS Reports -- a [[RuleOfThree soul-crushingly inane]] bit of paperwork -- who is slowly driving [[{{Salaryman}} employee]] Peter Gibbons out of his mind.

Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job -- not that he wants to quit, or feels that he should stop showing up; he just doesnt' ''care''. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael and Samir, are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution rob]] [[InsideJob the company]].

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A 1999 comedy written and directed by Creator/MikeJudge, ''Office Space'' introduced us to the world of who adapted it from his "Milton" shorts on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. The cast includes Ron Livingston, Creator/JenniferAniston, Creator/StephenRoot, and Gary Cole.

The film centers around
Initech, a [[IncompetenceInc soul-crushingly inane software company]] presided over by Bill Lumbergh, Lumbergh (Cole), a [[PointyHairedBoss soul-crushingly inane boss]] obsessed with TPS Reports -- a [[RuleOfThree soul-crushingly inane]] bit of paperwork -- who is slowly driving [[{{Salaryman}} employee]] Peter Gibbons (Livingston) out of his mind.

Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job -- not that he wants to quit, or feels that he should stop showing up; he just doesnt' ''care''. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael (David Herman) and Samir, Samir (Ajay Naidu), are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution rob]] [[InsideJob the company]].
16th Jan '17 2:32:35 AM aksnitd
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* GoneHorriblyRight: "Well, technically, it ''did'' work." Instead of siphoning off undetectable, small percentages of Initech's money transfers into the protagonists' bank accounts, Michael's virus is off by a decimal place, dumping amounts sure to be noticed.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: "Well, technically, it ''did'' work." Instead of siphoning off undetectable, small percentages of Initech's money transfers into the protagonists' bank accounts, Michael's virus is off by a decimal place, place or two, dumping amounts sure to be noticed.


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* {{Irony}}: Michael, one of the two self-proclaimed best programmers at Initech (the other being Samir)[[spoiler:crafts a virus to siphon off fractions of a cent from every financial transaction by Initech. His code is missing a decimal place or two causing the virus to steal a very large amount of money. He later admits he is always messing up some mundane detail like this. Makes you wonder how good he actually is.]]
16th Jan '17 2:15:32 AM aksnitd
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** There's also a second, unseen character [[spoiler:with the last name "Lumbergh": Bill's brother Ron, whom Joanna ''actually'' slept with.]]

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** There's also a second, unseen character [[spoiler:with the last name "Lumbergh": Bill's brother Ron, whom a Ron Lumbergh who Joanna ''actually'' slept with.with. Peter initially thinks the Lumbergh she slept with was Bill.]]
7th Jan '17 10:58:00 PM azul120
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Initech's hiring the Bobs. [[spoiler: That piece of advice to "avoid confrontation" by deliberately not telling Milton that he was fired didn't work out too well, did it?]] Not to mention the implication that the Bobs are going to get Lumbergh canned too.

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* HeelRealization: Peter eventually comes to realize what he did was wrong with the embezzlement and that other people felt worse about their jobs, yet did them anyway.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Initech's hiring the Bobs. [[spoiler: That [[spoiler:That piece of advice to "avoid confrontation" by deliberately not telling Milton that he was fired didn't work out too well, did it?]] Not to mention the implication that the Bobs are going to get Lumbergh canned too.



* IgnoredEpiphany: When dealing with the Bobs, Peter unwittingly secures his own job, but is horrified to find out many of his friends are about to lose theirs. He's well aware that each of the friends so affected is more productive than he is, and he's the one who's actually wanted to leave. At no point, however, does he seem to make the final connection that for all that he hated working at Initech, the people laid off are the ones the company seriously abused.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: When dealing with the Bobs, Peter unwittingly secures his own job, but is horrified to find out many of his friends are about to lose theirs. He's well aware that each of the friends so affected is more productive than he is, and he's the one who's actually wanted to leave. At no point, however, does he seem to make the final connection that for all that he hated working at Initech, the people laid off are the ones the company seriously abused. He does come to realize how in the wrong he was, and tries to do right by returning the money and leaving a confession.



** Or maybe Milton was Initech's (or just Lumbergh's) karma. Their treatment of him was downright illegal. A {{deleted scene}} reveals [[spoiler:Lumbergh died in the fire.]] Whether this is canon is unknown.

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** Or maybe Milton was Initech's (or just Lumbergh's) karma. Their treatment of him was downright illegal. A {{deleted scene}} DeletedScene reveals [[spoiler:Lumbergh died in the fire.]] Whether this is canon is unknown.unknown.
** Peter at least happens upon this on accident. After realizing what he did wrong, he does write up a letter fessing up to the crime, with the embezzled money included, slipping it through Lumbergh's door. DeusExMachina simply happened with the aforementioned Milton setting fire to Initech and taking the money Peter left on the floor.
5th Jan '17 8:12:03 AM LentilSandEater
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* WishFulfillment: Most of the film. What would happen if you just stopped giving a crap and did what you felt like? [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Why, you'd get a promotion!]] Possibly subverted in that Peter [[BlessedWithSuck never wanted a promotion.]]

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* WishFulfillment: Most of the film. What would happen if you just stopped giving a crap and did what you felt like? [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop Why, you'd get a promotion!]] Possibly subverted in that Peter [[BlessedWithSuck never wanted a promotion.]]promotion!]]
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