Friday, March 30, 2012

Throw Down: Office Space Movie Night

Recently my friend Mary threw a stellar Office Space party. Stay tuned and we'll show you how Mary brought the movie to life in her own living room - every detail was pitch perfect, including her choice of screening kung fu movies on mute before the actual movie screening. Click here for a playlist inspired by the films of Mike Judge that you can play as mood music for your own Office Space night. And click here to learn how to make your own Office Space Bingo cards.

If somehow you have missed this cult classic, it is the anthem for a generation of people working in jobs they hate, cramming themselves into cubicles, and getting upsold at obnoxious chain restaurants. In this film, Mike Judge does what he does best - lampooning middle America, pitting the powerless and foolish against the smug and idiotic, and creating situations that escalate in hilarity and sheer ludicrosity until the underdog has a chance to shift the entire paradigm.

The first clue that this would not be an ordinary movie night was that Mary asked us to wear as many pieces of flair as possible - with a prize for the winner. I thought I was sitting pretty with 17 - until another friend showed up with over 40 buttons on her vest. 

Mary gave out great prizes - DVDs and the movie's soundtrack for the flairiest and the first two people to reach movie-quote Bingo, and we even played pass the stapler; every time Lundberg said "mmm yeah" you had to pass to your left. The person holding it when Lundberg steals Milton's stapler got to keep it. 

She served food inspired by the movie - mainly foods one could find at Chotchkes, and a cake she decorated herself. And she outdid herself with the decor - among other things, she made a banner saying: "Is it good for the company?" And she made her own Jump to Conclusions mat. Genius.

"Only if you celebrate this man's entire catalogue."

Shannon designed her own office-supply jewelry line.

Kristopher is stealing from the crippled children.

I mean, you can wear 17 pieces of flair if you don't mind doing the BARE MINIMUM . . .

The Most Flair

Office Space Bingo!


  1. Thanks for sharing your idea about office space party. I like it and it looks so cool, maybe I'll set up the same concept here in office space in legaspi village, for sure my officemates would love it.

  2. Glad you like it! Good luck with that.

  3. This is a really fun post. I used one of your pictures in a post of mine about office politics (Is this good for the company) and linked to your post. Here is a link to it.

    I hope that is ok. (I couldn't find a contact button to ask your permission.) If not, please let me know and I'll take it down.
    thanks in advance

    Greg Marcus

  4. No problem, Greg! Glad you liked the post.

  5. What's on the top of the "MM...Yeah" cake? :) I'm thinking of sending an eVite with the tagline "Mmm, Yeah...I'm Going to Need You To Come In On Saturday." What did the invitations look like for this party?

  6. I believe that is a pirouette (chocolate-covered straw) atop some icing.

    That is a brilliant idea for an invite tagline! I believe her evite had the movie poster or a movie still for a picture and was otherwise fairly straightforward.