Director Mike Judge, in addition to lots of the cast members, descended on Austin last week for your 10th Anniversary showing of the cult-classic late nineties workplace comedy, “Office Space” Austin’s own historic Paramount Theater played host towards the movie mogul with his fantastic cast members including just about everyone except Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston. Fans aligned well in advance in the 8:00 p.m. curtain time, as well as the excitement was palpable.
For many, “Office Space” has developed into a classic the highly quotable script and oddball characters earned roars of laughter throughout the showing, as whole lines of the film were drowned out by the laughter and enthusiasm in the numerous fans in attendance.
John C. ซีรี่ย์จีน , perhaps most common for his long-running role as Dr. Cox on “Scrubs” was one of the many cast members there. McGinley expressed amazement and appreciation for that warm reception of fans, admitting he hadn’t seen the film in the entirety because the original screening he attended back when it debuted in 1999. Director Mike Judge quipped that the screaming masses inside Paramount Theater on Sunday night rivaled the film’s entire opening weekend attendance.
For a show which was just about a box office failure, “Office Space” has garnered a passionate cult following inside decade since its release. A champion of the disenfranchised, disinterested world of young professionals, the relevance and occupational indifference in the middle in the film ring truer today than a decade ago. One moviegoer asked Mike Judge, during the question and answer portion with the event, following film, “What will be your message for that the younger generation just entering the work market?” Muffled laughter followed, as did a shouted response from somewhere in the audience: “Don’t do it!”
Judge himself admitted he started his professional career within an environment similar for the one he created so humorously inside film’s fictional software company, Initech. With a degree in physics, Judge found himself in a professional role most closely mirrored by that with the film’s mumbling hero, Milton Waddams (interestingly enough, this character have also been the target of his first animated short). When asked how he transitioned from physics on the film industry, Judge shrugged and responded that they did some animations and sent them out, and the rest was history.
Coordinated in conjunction with Austin’s own Fantastic Fest, the wedding was a huge success. While tickets were first made available and then Fantastic Fest and SXSW ticket holders, ticket sales were subsequently opened to the public, and sold-out faster than you might say Swingline. Special VIP tickets were made available, which included entrance with an after party featuring movie themed appetizers like pizza shooters, shrimp poppers and extreme fajitas, complimentary bits of flare, and a good red Swingline stapler an extra special addition, since the now-infamous red staplers were manufactured exclusively for your film, and not sold commercially. With SXSW around the corner, more not-to-be-missed events are in the works at the Paramount and throughout Austin.