The cult comedy classic Office Space celebrates its 20th Anniversary today. The film, which starred Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, Gary Cole, and Stephen Root, parodied the day-to-day of a software company and focused on a group of workers that were fed up with their jobs.
Office Space, which received positive reviews from critics, has a 79% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars and wrote that Mike Judge, the film’s director, and writer, "treats his characters a little like cartoon creatures."
"That works," Egbert wrote. "Nuances of behavior are not necessary, because in the cubicle world every personality trait is magnified, and the captives stagger forth like grotesques."
To mark the film’s anniversary, Swingline®, the iconic stapler and hole puncher brand founded in 1925, has released a video celebrating the film and its classic red stapler. Additionally, Swingline® and 20th Century Fox will give away a Milton Red Swingline® Stapler and a lifetime supply of staples.
Milton’s Swingline® Red Stapler pays tribute to Milton, the accidental hero of Office Space, who was passionate about his bright red Swingline® stapler. The winner of the giveaway will receive a million staples – 200 boxes with 5,000 staples each. The chance to win ends on February 28, so fans are encouraged to visit facebook.com/swingline for contest details.
In the film, Milton’s Swingline® stapler was actually black, but the prop director spray-painted it red for the film. The character’s line, “Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler,” has become a catchphrase in offices and homes across the country.
Judge, known for creating the classic cartoon King of the Hill, was inspired to write Office Space after observing a trend in cities across the US in the 90s.
"It seems like every city now has these identical office parks with identical adjoining chain restaurants", he said in an interview. "There were a lot of people who wanted me to set this movie in Wall Street, or like the movie Brazil, but I wanted it very unglamorous, the kind of bleak work situation like I was in."
Judge first wrote a treatment for Office Space in 1996, and then completed the script after the first season of King of the Hill. Fox president Tom Rothman was a strong supporter of the film after reading the draft since he was looking for lighter material that would counterbalance serious dramas like Titanic. He called Office Space "the most brilliant workplace satire I'd ever read".