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Deleted scenes: Peter Lies to Lumbergh, Happy Hour and Chotchkies, Peter Goes off on Nina, & Tom’s Mixed Heritage Called into Question
“Unable to endure another mind-numbing day at Initech Corporation, cubicle slave Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) gets fired up and decides to get fired. Armed with a leisurely new attitude and a sexy new girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston), he soon masters the art of neglecting his work, which quickly propels him into the ranks of upper management! Now the stage is set for Peter to carry out a high-tech embezzling scheme that’s sure to mean the end of his job and a one-way ticket to easy street. Can he pull it off before all corporate hell breaks loose?”
Office Space is rated R for language and brief sexuality.
There are also a ton of great quotes in the film. You’ve probably heard one or two of them around your own office by now. Here’s a sampling of a couple:
Bob Porter: Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.
Bill Lumbergh: Ahh, I’m going to have to go ahead and ask you to come in on Sunday, too…
Those are the ones that I can repeat here. You may want to note that the R rating is well deserved just for the language alone
The writing in the film is more memorable than the acting, but the film does have a very good cast. Jennifer Aniston gets most of the attention as Joanna, the waitress and love interest of Peter. However, the supporting cast generates a lot of the laughs. You have Diedrich Bader as Lawrence, the redneck eavesdropping neighbor of Peter. Then there’s David Herman as Michael Bolton. He certainly has a lot of rage built up despite his familiar name and nerdy exterior. Stephen Root plays the mild mannered Milton Waddams who is constantly used and abused by his coworkers. John C. McGinley also has a hilarious cameo as Bob Slydell, an auditor for the company that’s quite overbearing (and loves Michael Bolton, the singer). But Gary Cole really steals the show as Bill Lumbergh, Peter’s annoying boss. Ummm .yeah.
Out of the Office: An Office Space retrospective with Mike Judge This is a nearly half-hour feature on the making of the film. It contains new interviews with Ron Livingston, David Herman, Gary Cole, Stephen Root, and Ajay Naidu. (There is also footage from 1999 with Jennifer Aniston.) They talk about what it was like filming the movie, their ideas behind the characters, and the reactions to the film since. They have a lot of really funny stories and they even include a few alternate takes of scenes, most notably John C. McGinley going on and on about how much he loves Michael Bolton. The original Office Space cartoon by Mike Judge is also shown in bits and pieces.
Deleted scenes There are four deleted scenes. The first features Peter lying to Lumbergh about why he wasn’t in his cubicle at 10 am. The result is that his manager requires him to alert anyone when he leaves his cubicle to go to the bathroom. The second deleted scene features Happy Hour and Chotchkies where Peter talks about how long he could survive without working. He has calculated down to the minute how long till he’d be evicted from his apartment. In another scene Peter goes off on Nina and tells her to answer the phone a little differently to make the next 20 years of his life less a little less annoying. Finally, there’s a scene entitled “Tom’s Mixed Heritage Called into Question”. In it, the Bob’s debate the origin of Tom’s surname.
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