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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 13, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Getting stuck on “Office Space,” yet again

So, you know when you’re sitting around the house, stuck for just a few minutes because you’re waiting for a delivery or something, and you flip on the TV to see what’s on the cable movies. That was me, quite recently (well, OK, this morning), and “Office Space” was on. Now, I’ve seen “Office Space” a few times, and I knew that I only had five or ten minutes that really could be better spent tidying up the kitchen or something. But there I sat, enjoying those two guys named Bob as they interrogated an employee whose name I don’t remember (“So, what is it you do for this company, exactly?”), and Gary Cole as he told the assembled employees that they could, if they wanted, um, go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans on Friday. It cracked me up, yet again.
And it made me think that there are some movies that I’ll always stop and watch, if only for a few minutes. I’m sorry to say that these are not necessarily great movies, for which I’d usually rather start at the beginning and see the whole thing. (Not so long ago, it seemed that at any given moment “Steel Magnolias” was on some channel somewhere, and I always got stuck on it for a minute, watching all the cast members fluff up their hair and drawl.) Sometimes they’re even movies I already own on DVD. Do you do this? What movie always makes you put down the remote?
Speaking of “Office Space,” a movie I really do love (because a lot of it reminds me of when I used to work at An Unnamed Large High-Tech Firm Over the Bridge), I went looking on YouTube for a good clip and discovered that there’s quite a lot of people out there destroying printers to make “Office Space” homage videos. Who knew? Anyway, here’s Jennifer Aniston and her pieces of flair. Hope everyone’s having a red-stapler kind of day.

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