Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Office Space

My office space
Rolling Stone celebrated the 20th anniversary of the film Office Space. I love that film, but had not seen it in awhile, so after reading the Rolling Stone article, I watched it on demand.

Office Space "satirizes the everyday work life of a typical mid-to-late-1990s software company, focusing on a handful of individuals fed up with their jobs." (Source: Wikipedia)

I spent most of my professional career working in an engineering environment just like the one depicted in Office Space. The tall gray cubicles in the film are exactly the same as the ones I occupied during my career and some of the people populating the film's cubicles were very familiar — reminding me of some of my co-workers. I also had a couple of idiot bosses like the one depicted in the film and I definitely tangled with a few uncooperative office machines over the years.

The film has something for everyone who has ever worked in a room full of cubicles. It even has a brief crossdressing moment during the closing credits that I caught for the first time last night.

When the main character Peter Gibbons (played by Ron Livingston) faces possible prison time, his next door neighbor Lawrence (played by Diedrich Bader) tells Peter, "Don't come back wearing a dress."

Wearing Ann Taylor (Source: Ann Taylor)

Dietrich Bader
Dietrich Bader (left) femulates in the 2005 film Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous.


  1. Dietrich Bader also femulated as Jethrene in The Beverly Hillbillies movie in 1993.

  2. Curious, I looked Dietrich Bader up and immediately said, "Oh, 'that guy'". It's literally impossible to have watched television and not seen him! There was a documentary a few years back about supporting actors who everybody recognized but couldn't remember their names. Bader fits right in -- and his credits on IMDB are a mile long! Fittingly, I can't remember the name of the film. Thanks for reminding us of him. They're not famous, but we couldn't have movies or TV shows without those supporting players.

  3. "Oh, and remember, next Friday is Hawaiian shirt day!"

  4. Diedrich Bader was a regular on the Drew Carey show as his friend Oswald, a delivery driver. I’m sure everyone can guess my favorite episode! The one where Drew’s brother Steve shows up to his new job at the makeup counter in feminine clothes and a wig! Anyway, I remember a scene where Oswald is driving Steve home after work and he asks Steve why he feels the need to wear dresses. Steve answers him by asking “ Do you like going to ball games? Riding your bike in the park? Eating ice cream? Well, imagine doing all three at once. That’s how it feels for me.” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  5. Dont forget Jethro Bodine (Max Baer Jr.) as Jethrene, his sister on the original 'Hillbillies'....

    1. See my reply to the first comment above.

  6. Excuse me, but I think you have my stapler.