History Film / OfficeSpace

9th Jul '17 12:41:35 AM azul120
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* CoversAlwaysLie: Creator/{{Jennifer Aniston}} is all over the back of the DVD cover, even though she only has a small role.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: Creator/{{Jennifer Aniston}} Creator/JenniferAniston is all over the back of the DVD cover, even though she only has a small role.



* {{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.]]

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* {{Irony}}: Michael, one of the two self-proclaimed best programmers at Initech (the other being Samir)[[spoiler:crafts 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.]]



** Peter's ex-girlfriend Anne, between suggesting he go to a hypnotist and then calling it bull when he ends up as a HypnoFool, and [[YourCheatingHeart admitting to cheating on him.]]

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** Peter's ex-girlfriend Anne, between suggesting he go to a hypnotist and then calling it bull when he ends up as a HypnoFool, and [[YourCheatingHeart admitting to cheating on him.]]him]].



* KickTheDog: Whenever you might start to think that Lumbergh is just a guy trying to do his job in a company that [[IncompetenceInc happens to be bogged down with stupid and inane policies]], he starts kicking Milton around for no apparent reason other than [[ForTheEvulz because he can.]] When he finds out that Milton technically doesn't have a job at Initech, he gets even worse, seemingly going out of his way to think of new ways to demean the guy while deliberately withholding the information that Milton's "missing" paycheck doesn't exist and never will again, cementing for the audience that he's every bit the soulless monster his employees consider him to be.

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** Peter's (ex-)girlfriend Anne faces no consequences for [[SmallRoleBigImpact triggering the events of the movie]] (sans of course Milton burning the place), or [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on Peter]].
* KickTheDog: Whenever you might start to think that Lumbergh is just a guy trying to do his job in a company that [[IncompetenceInc happens to be bogged down with stupid and inane policies]], he starts kicking Milton around for no apparent reason other than [[ForTheEvulz because he can.]] can]]. When he finds out that Milton technically doesn't have a job at Initech, he gets even worse, seemingly going out of his way to think of new ways to demean the guy while deliberately withholding the information that Milton's "missing" paycheck doesn't exist and never will again, cementing for the audience that he's every bit the soulless monster his employees consider him to be.



* NeverMyFault: Peter's girlfriend who forces him to see the hypnotherapist and later chews him out for turning into a HypnoFool, all the while [[{{Hypocrite}} telling him not to blame the hypnotherapy session]].



* ProperlyParanoid: Tom Smykowski suspects he's going to get fired. He's right.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Tom's belief that he was going to be fired. Since he apparently spent more time worrying about getting fired than preparing for the interview that he ''knew'' was coming, he was already a bundle of frayed nerves by the time he was in front of the Bobs, and falls apart after just a couple questions that really shouldn't have been that hard to answer. As a result, the Bobs [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob assume he has no useful job there, and can him.]]

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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: Tom's belief that he was going to be fired. Since he apparently spent more time worrying about getting fired than preparing for the interview that he ''knew'' was coming, he was already a bundle of frayed nerves by the time he was in front of the Bobs, and falls apart after just a couple questions that really shouldn't have been that hard to answer. As a result, the Bobs [[WhatExactlyIsHisJob assume he has no useful job there, and can him.]]him]].
9th Jul '17 12:26:51 AM azul120
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* MeanBoss / PointyHairedBoss: Bill Lumbergh, a passive-aggressive SmugSnake who always speaks in measured tones, comes up with silly ways of motivating employees (ie. "Hawaiian Shirt Day"), and uses a lot of stereotypical corporate euphemisms and buzzwords, which for a manager is often TruthInTelevision..

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* MeanBoss / PointyHairedBoss: Bill Lumbergh, a passive-aggressive SmugSnake who always speaks in measured tones, comes up with silly ways of motivating employees (ie. "Hawaiian Shirt Day"), and uses a lot of stereotypical corporate euphemisms and buzzwords, which for a manager is often TruthInTelevision..TruthInTelevision.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: The trio setting their PennyShaving scheme into effect after [[spoiler:Michael and Samir get fired]]. Also, Milton burning Initech after one slight too many.



* {{Salaryman}}[=/=]{{Workaholic}}: The three main characters.

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* {{Salaryman}}[=/=]{{Workaholic}}: The three main characters. Peter far less so on the latter.
30th Jun '17 2:21:02 AM ProfessorDetective
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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 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]].

They come up with ASimplePlan, but fail to notice a few very important details, and everything starts to spiral out of control.

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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 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, 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]].

They come up with ASimplePlan, ASimplePlan but fail to notice a few very important details, and everything starts to spiral out of control.
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Got a Moble, IdleGame adaptation in March of 2017 called ''Office Space: Idle Profits.'' You play as a new intern at Initech just as Peter, Michael, and Samir intact their PennyShaving scheme, having you install the virus on the system. Help the virus spread and rake in more and more pennies while working your way through the events of the film and potentially [[spoiler: burn it all down yourself.]] Available on [[https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/office-space-idle-profits/id1163059158 iOS]] and [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kongregate.mobile.officespace.google Android]]
20th May '17 9:20:14 PM Ghilz
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** Milton himself. [[spoiler:Burning down the building, murdering Lindberg in a deleted scene, and at the end threatening to poison the entire resort by putting strychnine in the guacamole because they got his drink order wrong.]] This is all PlayedForLaughs.



* CreatorCameo: An uncredited Mike Judge plays Joanna's passive-aggressive boss- noticably, when he tells Joanna they need to talk about her fliar, he sounds almost exactly like [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]].

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* CreatorCameo: An uncredited Mike Judge plays Joanna's passive-aggressive boss- noticably, noticeably, when he tells Joanna they need to talk about her fliar, he sounds almost exactly like [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]].
3rd May '17 12:32:03 PM dangerdan97
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** ''Series/SiliconValley'' is the closest thing to an ''Office Space'' sequel you'll likely ever see.
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]].
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