Teamsquare’s Fav Office Movies

Last Friday, in celebration of the Melbourne International Film Festival, Teamsquare threw open the doors of our Ballroom and transformed the space into the Teamsquare Cinema! The Community Team tossed a few ideas around about the perfect film for such an occasion, so as we sweep up the popcorn and roll the red carpet back up, we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite office movies of all time.

Anchorman

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy. Source: Business Insider

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy

This tongue-in-cheek look at the world of American 1970’s broadcasting was an instant hit with audiences forking out over $119 million at the box office. Will Ferrell stars as Channel 4’s enigmatic anchor/ladies’ man Ron Burgundy in this catch-phrase crazy comedy. Ron’s world of booze and broads is brought to a grinding halt with the arrival of his new co-anchor Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate.) When romantic relations between the two co-hosts sour, Ron is unceremoniously fired but a breaking news story at the San Diego Zoo might be enough to get him back to the top. Ferrell has confirmed that his moustachioed character was loosely based around the life of real-life Philadelphia anchor Mort Crim and his turbulent relationship with co-anchor Jessica Savitch. Crim himself has taken it all in his stride remarking to USA Today that “any good parody takes a grain of truth and exaggerates it for the big screen. People ask me if I’m offended at all and I say not in the least”.

Teamsquare titbit: The name of the Mexican restaurant where Veronica goes to eat with her female co-workers, Escupimos en su Alimento translates to ‘we spit in your food’. Stay classy!

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street. Source: Business Insider

The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, this 2013 hit follows Jordan’s meteoric rise as a highflying stock-broker and his subsequent descent into corruption and debauchery. Set in the early 90’s, Jordan (Leonardo Di Caprio) and his partner Donny Azoff (Jonah Hill) set up a brokerage firm which quickly gathers momentum however it’s not long before lies, substance abuse and fraud challenge the dynamic duo. The poster children of greed quickly grab the attention of the FBI agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler) who’s hell bent on bringing them down. The film received critical acclaim and success at the box office but was dogged by criticism that its message was…a tad morally ambiguous. Directed by legend of the silver screen, Martin Scorsese, the film was nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Actor although missed out on all accounts leaving Leo without the biscuits yet again.

Teamsquare titbit: Jonah Hill wore fake teeth to play Donnie. They caused him to lisp so much that he spent hours calling and chatting with random businesses over the phone to get rid of it.

Working Girl

Working Girl. Source: Business Insider

Working Girl

What’s not to love here? Secretarial subterfuge, scandalous affairs and of course, those shoulder pads. Melanie Griffith plays the ambitious Tess McGill, determined to strike it big in the stock market before she hits 30. When Tess discovers her seemingly supportive boss Katherine (Sigourney Weaver) has stolen her idea for a big pitch, Tess decides to get revenge. With Katherine holed up in hospital after a skiing accident, Tess steps in to impersonate her and close the deal herself with none other than Katherine’s executive boyfriend Jack (Harrison Ford) in tow. While Working Girl hardly seems revolutionary these days, it was one of the first movies that portrayed women as just as savvy and successful as their male counterparts.

Teamsquare titbit: Blink and you might miss David Duchovny making his big screen debut. He appears as a guest at Tess’ birthday and then pops up again in engagement party scene.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada. Source: Cosmopolitan

The Devil Wears Prada

Sensible, but far from stylish, journalism grad Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) finds out hard and fast that the fashion world is a fickle one when she scores a job working for Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) at Runway Magazine. Miranda is demanding, demeaning and capable of one of the most devastating side eyes we’ve seen on screen. As Andy begins to adapt to fit into this new world and impress her boss, her personal life takes a hit with her friends and boyfriend, Nate (Adrian Grenier) questioning if Andy’s transformation is more than just skin deep. After a tumultuous trip to Paris, Andy is forced to make a decision on whether she’s more style, or substance. Based on a book by Lauren Weisberger, former assistant of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, it’s not surprising many have suggested that Miranda’s character bore more than a passing nod to Wintour. Demonstrating that she’s not without a sense of humour, Wintour attended an advanced screening. Dressed head to toe in Prada.

Teamsquare titbit: Despite using $1 million worth of clothing for the movie, costume designer Patricia Field only had a budget of $100,000 to work with. Most pieces were borrowed.

After some good-natured debate about what the perfect office movie was, there could only be one clear winner…

Office Space

Office Space. Source: HD Popcorns

Office Space

Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston) is stuck in the Initech corporate rat race. His commute to work sucks, his boss is a jerk and his girlfriend is cheating on him. In an attempt to improve his dreary outlook on life he visits a hypnotherapist but when the doctor dies mid-session, Peter is left in a state of complete and unwarranted bliss. With his new-found zen-like state, a promotion and the knowledge that his company is gearing up to fire his two best friends, Samir (Ajay Naidu) and Michael Bolton (David Herman), Peter hatches a plan to embezzle a small amount of money for each bank transaction Initech makes. The plan goes awry when a teeny miscalculation sees the trio pinching waaaay more than the mere pennies they intended. While the film only made a modest amount at the box office, it has become a cult classic selling millions of DVD’s, being parodied by Family Guy and presidential candidate Ted Cruz as well as being the subject of an app, Office Space: Idle Profits.

Teamsquare titbit: The oft mentioned Swingline red stapler was actually painted for the movie. Swingline introduced a red model in 2002 due to the demand of the movie’s fans.

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