Office Space (1999) - dir. Mike Judge
Mike Judge has such a firm grasp on Middle America. This mid-life crisis existentialist journey hits home with middle management employees across the country. Who better to play the protagonist in a film about everyone than Ron Livingston: possibly the most non-descript comedic actor of our generation. The entire film is non-offensive humor somewhere between sophistication and stupidity. Nothing has ever succeeded at existing on the fence quite like this.
It’s one of the greatest comedies of all time. A man who’s life bores him to such an extent that he agrees to go to couples therapy with his girlfriend whom he assumes is cheating on him; the hypnotherapist puts him under and then dies. He has a fucking heart attack. From this point forth Peter Gibbons is at his most relaxed state possible. Judge’s brilliance may be lost on some, but not on me.