Do you feel like your job is a located on the seventh level of hell? Are you annoyed by office politics, gossiping co-workers, and overbearing bosses? Well, rejoice because Labor Day weekend is finally here to give you a much needed rest. In other words, this is the perfect opportunity for you to sit on your ass and eat hot dogs for three days straight. Don’t feel guilty about your indulgences. You work hard for your money, and deserve a break. To kick off the holiday, we’ve created a list highlighting our top five workplace comedies.
Remember, your job may suck but someone else always has it worse…
The one that Made the Rest Possible…
“I’m not even supposed to be here today,” sums up the overall consensus of Kevin Smith‘s workplace classic Clerks.
Clerks earns a spot on this list because we all know how it feels to have a job, not a career, but a job. It’s something you do to keep a roof over your head, and gas in your car. But unlike Dante, the rest of us don’t have the witty dialogue of Kevin Smith to help us make it through the day.
Randal Graves: Which did you like better? Jedi or The Empire Strikes Back?
Dante Hicks: Empire.
Randal Graves: Blasphemy.
Dante Hicks: Empire had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader’s his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that’s what life is, a series of down endings. All Jedi had was a bunch of Muppets.
The Frightening Boss…
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
“Gird your loins!” I think many of us would agree that if Meryl Streep ran your office, you’d be scared shitless too.
The Devil Wears Prada is the perfect example of what happens when your career changes you for the worst. When your on the grind 24/7, how do you make time for yourself? This whole film is a conflict of balance; Prada vs. Payless, Gucci vs. Gap, Chanel vs. Champs, it’s like Sophie’s Choice!
Andy Sachs: So none of the girls here eat anything?
Nigel: Not since two became new four and zero became the new two.
Andy Sachs: Well, I’m a six…
Nigel: Which is the new fourteen.
How sexist is your office?
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
“I’m Ron Burgundy. You stay classy, San Diego.” The irony of that famous signature from Anchorman, is the fact that Ron doesn’t have a classy bone in his body. He’s a misogynistic 1970′s news anchor, whose support team includes a womanizing field reporter, a closeted gay sportscaster, and a mildly retarded weatherman.
Anchorman is an example of workplace competition gone too far. Not only does Ron try to sabotage his co-anchor because she’s a woman, but he also participates in a brutal alley fight between several rival news teams, including PBS! Why would he do that? They don’t even make any money!
Brian Fantana: Don’t get me wrong, I love the ladies. I mean they rev my engines, but they don’t belong in the newsroom.
Champ Kind: It is anchor*man*, not anchor*lady*. And that is a scientific fact.
Brick Tamland: I don’t know what we’re yelling about.
Brian Fantana: You’re with us, Ron, what do you think?
Ron Burgundy: [shouting] She… Sh… It’s terrible. She has beautiful eyes, and her hair smells like cinnamon.
Brick Tamland: [shouts] Loud noises.
The job everyone loves to hate…
“Welcome to Thunderdome, Bitch.” Waiting is one of the grimiest workplace comedies I’ve ever seen. It centers on a rag tag team of waiters and cooks at a TGI Friday-esque restaurant. They all hate their jobs, hate the pay, and most of all they hate the customers.
Being a waiter is one of the worst customer service positions you can have. Whenever you’re dealing with people and their food, you’re going to have some problems. Waiting plays out any and every revenge scenario imaginable, so you don’t have to. Did someone at table 5 piss you off? No worries, Ryan Reynolds and Luis Guzman will put pubic hairs in their salad on your behalf.
Calvin: Come on guys, this is bull crap. Where the hell’s my chicken sandwich?
Floyd: [Picks up chicken with tongs, drops in on the prep board. Points tongs over counter at Calvin] Fuck you, bitch!
Calvin: What the hell did I do to you, Floyd?
Floyd: [Using chicken and tongs as microphone, sings] Eat at Shenaniganz, Enjoy your food. Eat at Shenaniganz, Calvin works here!
Calvin: Oh, that’s hardly sanitary.
Monty: We have our first official beyotch of the day!
And now, the King of workplace comedies….
Office Space (1999)
“Um, I”m gonna need you to go ahead and come on in tomorrow…” Nobody wants to hear that request from their boss, especially if it’s on a Friday! Office Space is the must see workplace comedy.
Mike Judge took every annoying aspect of cubicle life and compressed it into two hours of film. The frozen computer screen, the misfed printer, the stolen stapler that always magically leaves your desk. How many times have you wanted to physically assault your office’s printer, with strategically placed rap music playing in the background?
Peter Gibbons: What if we’re still doing this when we’re fifty?
Samir: It would be nice to have that kind of job security.
Peter Gibbons: Lumbergh’s gonna have me work on Saturday. I can tell already. I’m gonna end up doing it, because, uh… because I’m a big pussy, which is why I work at Initech to begin with.
Michael Bolton: Uh, yeah, well, I work at Initech and I don’t consider myself a pussy, okay?
Samir: Yes, I am also not a pussy.
These are just some of my favorite workplace comedies, what movies would you add to the list? And what are your favorite lines from the movies above?