From “Clerks” to “Monsters, Inc” — here’s movies to remind you that your job doesn’t suck as much as you think it does
"Clerks/Clerks II"Kevin Smith
created one of the most unexpected franchises in 1994 with "Clerks," a low budget comedy about two New Jersey convenient store employees. The disgruntled duo returned in 2006 with new jobs at a fast food chain, and in 2012, Smith announced he was working on a third film to complete the trilogy.
"Office Space"Ron Livingston
leads a trio of disgruntled employees who cook up a scheme to rip off the tech company and get even with their condescending boss (Gary Cole
) who may or may not have slept with Livingston's new girlfriend (Jennifer Aniston
"Waiting"Rob McKittrick wrote and directed this 2005 workplace comedy that perfectly captures the daily shenanigans and challenges a server must endure while figuring out the next step in life.
Ever fantasize about killing that boss who is driving you crazy? Well, don't. That's a bad idea. But in this comedy -- starring Charlie Day
, Jason Sudeikis
and Jason Bateman
as disgruntled employees -- everything works out quite nicely, with plenty of laughs along the way.
"Observe and Report"Seth Rogen
rules the mall in this 2009 dark comedy from writer/director Jody Hill
("Eastbound & Down"). Rogen often plays a fictional version of himself -- not that we're complaining -- making it a real treat to see his take on a bipolar security guard who still lives at home with his alcoholic mom, expertly played by Celia Weston.
"The 40 Year Old Virgin"
Although the meat of this movie is Steve Carell
's quest to finally lose his virginity, he couldn't have done it without the help of his horny co-workers, played by Seth Rogen
, Paul Rudd
and Romany Malco
"What Women Want"
Believe it or not, Mel Gibson
used to be a nice guy who audiences rooted for. And in this 2000 romantic comedy, audiences were rooting for him to get the girl (Helen Hunt
) while being able to hear her thoughts and trying to use his newfound ability to craft the perfect advertising campaign.
Monsters have to make a living, too. Pixar's hit 2001 comedy follows not-so-scary monsters Sulley (John Goodman
) and Mike Wazowski (Bily Crystal) scaring up kids to power their city, Monstropolis. Nothing is more terrifying than a little girl on the prowl in the town the creatures call home.
"Empire Records"This 1995 coming-of-age comedy wasn't a hit with critics, but it's become something of a cult classic. If nothing else, this workplace comedy serves as a history lesson for the current iTunes generation, who may never know what it's like to browse the alt-rock section in a record store. Yes, those things existed once.
Director Sidney Lumet's classic (and somewhat prophetic) satire of American television stars Faye Dunaway
as a network executive exploiting a deranged news anchor's ravings for ratings. William Holden and Robert Duvall
co-star, while Peter Finch plays the anchor who "mad as hell" and "not going to take this anymore!"