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Office Space Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Feels cramped and underimagined. I think Judge is capable of making an inspired live-action comedy, but next time he'll have to remember to do what he does in his animated ones--keep the madness popping.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Drably shot, unimaginatively written and shallowly acted, it's a poor example of the "daffy, goofy, sex-crazed guys" occupational comedies that flourished throughout the job-obsessed '80s. [19 Feb 1999]

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It fails to sustain its comic momentum or high energy level. The first half is fresh and funny, but it doesn't last.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    From morning traffic jams to passive-aggressive bosses who justify their existence by making yours miserable, Space gets it right. [19 Feb 1999]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's dialogue is smart. It doesn't just chug along making plot points.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Dark comedy is aimed at 20-somethings, not kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dark-humor movie is from the mind of "Beavis and Butthead" creator, Mike Judge, and some teens will think it's likewise targeted at them. However, the subject matter of the movie -- dead-end jobs in banal suburban "campuses" with aggravating bosses --makes it more appropriate for young adults who themselves are in their first office jobs. The movie depicts stealing and implied arson. There is strong language, sexual references, and jealous fantasies. A character celebrates a horrific injury, there is an on-screen medical emergency, characters act illegally, and a mistreated character takes drastic revenge.

  • Families can talk about the sources of humor that this movie draws from, including the stereotypes of different office types (the Pollyanna, the self-important boss, etc.), the hallmarks of suburban culture such as the restaurant where "flair" is required, and the venting of frustrations on a piece of office equipment. If you were hypnotized to not care about what other people thought, would you act differently?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Preconceptions are the cause of misunderstandings including the criminal history of a salesman and the treatment of a mentally challenged co-worker. One case of tremendously bad behavior is rewarded, while several characters maintain a strong moral compass.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Implied arson, a medical emergency, violent lyrics to song, character suffers a car accident off-screen, characters destroy an object with baseball bats.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Explicit references to sex and to sleeping around, implicit sex, jealous fantasy. Brief shot of a topless woman on TV.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language used by angry characters, in the music and as mocking insults.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The prevalence of commercialism in suburban life is a theme of the movie and the source of jokes, however there are also product placements that are not the object of satire.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking.