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I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 03, 2022 10:40AM
But, I guess that it was a relative flop, according to Wiki. [en.wikipedia.org]

Those DVD sales helped, but I thought it would have been even more successful in second run and home copies.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 03, 2022 10:46AM
The first half of the movie isn't bad.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: timg
Date: August 03, 2022 12:20PM
It was a good mindless diversion as a movie.

It was especially interesting to see the DOS box pop up on the Mac. Guess they had a PC card in there somewhere, but why would the company spend extra for a Mac to run DOS software??



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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: August 03, 2022 12:56PM
I think in order to be a cult classic, the movie has to fail, and then slowly develop a following over the subsequent years. Which also means slow VHS/DVD/BD/other sales initially and maybe never really successful volumes.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 03, 2022 01:01PM
James Cameron's Avatar was the highest-grossing film worldwide for nearly a decade, and no one talks about it.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 03, 2022 01:07PM
Yes, a cult classic for sure. Particularly resonant with the the Dot-Com era crowd.

I really enjoyed the first time I saw it when it came out on DVD, and then went to see it on the big screen for a 10th anniversary showing, back in 2009! Bill Lumbergh and Milton both made an appearance and signed a few staplers.

But the last time I watched it I was surprised by the low production quality, I guess it hasn't aged that well.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: davemchine
Date: August 03, 2022 02:34PM
Very funny movie! Possibly funnier if you have worked in a dysfunctional office. I remember the days of those silly positive motivation posters everywhere and all the even sillier sayings (synergy!). Thank goodness those days are over.



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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: davemchine
Date: August 03, 2022 02:36PM
I bought this stapler purely because of the movie. Still going strong many years later.





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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: timg
Date: August 03, 2022 03:30PM
"What would you say you do here?"



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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Robert M
Date: August 03, 2022 03:32PM
Dave,

That stapler wouldn't exist without Office Space. Swingline didn't make a red stapler at the time of the movie. They only made one after they received enough demand for it.

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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 03, 2022 03:34PM
Swingline started making a Red Stapler because of that movie. I have one on my desk at work.



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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: hal
Date: August 03, 2022 03:46PM
the later part of the movie gets less and less funny - the last couple of times I thought it was a good idea to watch it, I didn't finish. The first part is a 5star comedy, but it fades to a 1.5/2star.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 03, 2022 03:59PM
I've only ever watched it once, and that was about a month ago. It was like the superhero origin story for memes. The change to the plot half way through was noticeably weak even as a first-time viewer. The finale was strong, I think, everything coming together nicely.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: August 03, 2022 04:45PM
Quote
mrbigstuff
But, I guess that it was a relative flop, according to Wiki. [en.wikipedia.org]

Those DVD sales helped, but I thought it would have been even more successful in second run and home copies.

Came and went in the theaters in nothing flat, I remember seeing the poster one week and it was gone the next. I didn't go because the trailer (and the poster, for that matter) made it look terrible. Studio didn't know how to market it (in what would become a very familiar story for Mike Judge), but it found its audience a year or so later on home video.

I kept my ticket stub from Idiocracy, though; my local 'burb theater was one of the lucky ones that got it for its only week in wide release. I ever get a chance to meet Judge, I'm going to get it autographed...
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 03, 2022 04:46PM
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Lew Zealand
I think in order to be a cult classic, the movie has to fail, and then slowly develop a following over the subsequent years. Which also means slow VHS/DVD/BD/other sales initially and maybe never really successful volumes.

See:

The Princess Bride
Donnie Darko
The Rocky Horror Picture Show




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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: August 03, 2022 05:12PM
Quote
N-OS X-tasy!
Quote
Lew Zealand
I think in order to be a cult classic, the movie has to fail, and then slowly develop a following over the subsequent years. Which also means slow VHS/DVD/BD/other sales initially and maybe never really successful volumes.

See:

The Princess Bride
Donnie Darko
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Princess Bride and Rocky Horror were prime in my mind. I've never seen Donnie Darko, seems like I got some 'splainin' to do!
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 03, 2022 05:26PM
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Lew Zealand
I think in order to be a cult classic, the movie has to fail, and then slowly develop a following over the subsequent years. Which also means slow VHS/DVD/BD/other sales initially and maybe never really successful volumes.

If Wikipedia's listing of "Cult Films" is accepted, some so designated were well received, even award winners.

"Cult films are defined as much by audience reaction as they are by content." i.e. people keep going back to them.

A brief sampling:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Alien
American Graffiti
An Officer and a Gentleman
Back To The Future
Batman (1989)
Beetlejuice
Blade Runner
Blazing Saddles
The Breakfast Club
The Color Purple
Die Hard
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Fargo
Field of Dreams

[en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: August 03, 2022 07:10PM
It was huge with the crowd that pirated movies.




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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 03, 2022 07:16PM
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DeusxMac
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Lew Zealand
I think in order to be a cult classic, the movie has to fail, and then slowly develop a following over the subsequent years. Which also means slow VHS/DVD/BD/other sales initially and maybe never really successful volumes.

If Wikipedia's listing of "Cult Films" is accepted, some so designated were well received, even award winners.

"Cult films are defined as much by audience reaction as they are by content." i.e. people keep going back to them.

A brief sampling:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Alien
American Graffiti
An Officer and a Gentleman
Back To The Future
Batman (1989)
Beetlejuice
Blade Runner
Blazing Saddles
The Breakfast Club
The Color Purple
Die Hard
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Fargo
Field of Dreams

[en.wikipedia.org]

Most of those are NOT cult films, as I understand the meaning of the phrase.



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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 03, 2022 07:22PM
Just thought of another great example of a cult film:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension



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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 03, 2022 07:35PM
Quote
N-OS X-tasy!
Quote
DeusxMac
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Lew Zealand
I think in order to be a cult classic, the movie has to fail, and then slowly develop a following over the subsequent years. Which also means slow VHS/DVD/BD/other sales initially and maybe never really successful volumes.

If Wikipedia's listing of "Cult Films" is accepted, some so designated were well received, even award winners.

"Cult films are defined as much by audience reaction as they are by content." i.e. people keep going back to them.

A brief sampling:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Alien
American Graffiti
An Officer and a Gentleman
Back To The Future
Batman (1989)
Beetlejuice
Blade Runner
Blazing Saddles
The Breakfast Club
The Color Purple
Die Hard
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Fargo
Field of Dreams

[en.wikipedia.org]

Most of those are NOT cult films, as I understand the meaning of the phrase.

Agreed

These are some cult films:

- Clerks
- Repo Man
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Oldboy


Edit: Cult films tend to be B-Movies. Get a copy of Michael J. Weldon's Psychotronic. A movie that's reviewed in that book, or its sequel, that did at least OK at the box office would be a good candidate to call a cult film.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/03/2022 07:43PM by freeradical.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: August 03, 2022 07:39PM
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DeusxMac
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Lew Zealand
I think in order to be a cult classic, the movie has to fail, and then slowly develop a following over the subsequent years. Which also means slow VHS/DVD/BD/other sales initially and maybe never really successful volumes.

If Wikipedia's listing of "Cult Films" is accepted, some so designated were well received, even award winners.

"Cult films are defined as much by audience reaction as they are by content." i.e. people keep going back to them.

A brief sampling:

2001: A Space Odyssey
Alien
American Graffiti
An Officer and a Gentleman
Back To The Future
Batman (1989)
Beetlejuice
Blade Runner
Blazing Saddles
The Breakfast Club
The Color Purple
Die Hard
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Fargo
Field of Dreams

[en.wikipedia.org]

Whole lot of big hits there. Actually ALL of them were hits, with the lone exception of Blade Runner. E.T. was the biggest hit of all time, and held that title for 15 years.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/03/2022 07:39PM by Will Collier.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: chopper
Date: August 03, 2022 08:49PM
I watched it. It did not resonate with me.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: Diana
Date: August 03, 2022 09:57PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
Just thought of another great example of a cult film:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

"No matter where you go, there you are."

Thanks. Just found it and may buy it.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: August 03, 2022 11:34PM
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chopper
I watched it. It did not resonate with me.

I left a dot bomb era tech giant and when I explained to people what it was like working there, they kept asking if I had seen Office Space. It was very much like my life.




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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 03, 2022 11:42PM
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Diana
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N-OS X-tasy!
Just thought of another great example of a cult film:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

"No matter where you go, there you are."

Thanks. Just found it and may buy it.

Great film!



It is what it is.
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Re: I always thought that Office Space (film) was a reasonable success
Posted by: GGD
Date: August 04, 2022 12:23AM
Over the years I caught bits and pieces of it on TV when flipping channels but never watched the whole thing from start to finish until just a few years ago when I noticed that it was one of the in-flight movies available on American Airlines.
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