“Horrible Bosses” marks the latest movie to deal with bosses we wish never existed, and of the frustrations we are faced with in the workplace. Movies like this are a desperately needed outlet as we all have had jobs we hated going to, and the people we were surrounded by make our lives even harder. We all yearn to tell our managers off, but in this economic climate, we’re just happy to have a any job right now. These movies below will allow you to vent your frustration in a healthy way. With any luck, “Horrible Bosses” may just end up on this list:
I thought “Office Space” was good when I first saw it, but it grew on me immeasurably after I worked in several places much like the cubicle hell that was Initech. This remains one of the definitive movies about working in the corporate world on top of being one of the funniest. Ron Livingston is perfectly cast as a disgruntled employee who’s finally had enough, and seeing him get away with a creative disobedience of the rules is a total gas. Jennifer Aniston also shows up as a waitress who despite her efforts doesn’t seem to have enough “flair.” And who wouldn’t want to respond the way Ron’s character does to the following statement:
“Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.”
“Well, I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it Bob.”
Kevin Smith’s directorial debut has one of my all time favorite movie quotes:
“This job would be great if it weren’t for the fucking customers.”
So true! Watching Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson deal with the dumbest people at their minimum wage jobs in “Clerks” will quickly remind you of the experiences you had when you were in their position. These guys hate their jobs, but reminiscing over the crap they went through somehow manages to cheer them up (however briefly). I especially loved the way Jeff dealt with the customers that constantly annoy him at the video store. We are encouraged to maintain a polite decorum on the job, but who wouldn’t love to tell off someone who thought “Navy Seals” was a movie worth renting?
By the way, the sequel which came years later is just as good.
“Glengarry Glen Ross”
James Foley’s adaptation of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning play has one of the greatest ensemble casts anyone could ask for. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is one of the rawest looks at the life of a real estate salesman. Be it Al Pacino’s Ricky Roma, Jack Lemmon’s Shelly “The Machine” Levine, or Ed Harris’ Dave Moss, these men are under extreme pressure to sell, sell, sell after an ultimatum from the company that the majority of them will be losing their jobs if they don’t outsell their competitors. Alec Baldwin’s speech, which berates them for not making their bosses richer than they already are, is one for the ages. We’ve all been berated like that at our jobs one time or another, and we learn over time not to take it too personally.