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Jawbreaker, Office Space no laughing matters

While Office Space doesn't qualify as sophisticated comedy, it also avoids slapstick and stupidity jokes. For better or worse--and I say for better--Judge is not the Farrelly brothers. His movie, despite its satirical exaggerations, is still basically a character-based comedy. In Livingston's hands, Peter is a likable hero, whose all-American blandness makes him an appropriate contrast to Milton and the other hideously vapid or frustrated workers. What will seem strange to fans of Judge's animated work is the way most of the actors appear to be doing imitations of characters performed by Judge himself in Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill. It's decidedly weird to hear these familiar voices finally coming out of human mouths.

Jawbreaker
Directed by Darren Stein.
Rated R.

Office Space
Directed by Mike Judge; with Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston.
Rated

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