The cubicle may be forever tied to the small screen by shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation and Silicon Valley, but the office lifestyle has often been depicted to great success in cinema as well. The following clips, picked after thousands of hours (okay, actually a morning spent avoiding work), are a testament to the power of the workplace to make us laugh, squirm, cringe and cry. @@Just another day at the office...@@
6. The Devil Wears Prada
Meryl Streep's portrayal of high-powered fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (loosely based on Anna Wintour) is the ultimate in silver screen bosses-from-hell. In this scene, she is at her withering, no-nonsense best as she eviscerates -- and educates -- her unwitting assistant, played by Anne Hathaway.
5. Fight Club
@@Talk about making an exit!@@ This excellent scene, often overlooked in a movie full of them, marks Edward Norton's unnamed narrator's passage from white-collar everyman to the leader of an anarchic underground fight club. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, failed in theaters but later became a cult classic -- largely thanks to excellent scenes like this one.
4. American Psycho
The psychopathic, vacant Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) was a testament to the cultural erosion taking place in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the pursuit of money and status took center stage. This scene, in which Bateman and fellow investment bankers compare business cards, is an example of the film's (and Bale's) mastery of the subtle insecurities of the elite.
3. Step Brothers
In the ultimate tutorial of what NEVER to do in a job interview, step brothers Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly) hilariously demonstrate their incompetence in legendary ways in a series of failed two-on-ones with hiring managers.
2. Office Space
No list of office scenes from movies is complete without a nod to the ultimate workplace comedy, Mike Judge's 1999 film Office Space. A send-up of the late-1990s IT office culture, Office Space features three guys not willing to take the soul-crushing grind any longer, and their descent into fumbling criminality. Here we see Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), the leader of the disgruntled workers, displays his total lack of regard for his job -- and, ironically, gets rewarded for it.
1. Glengarry Glen Ross
@@Coffee is for closers. Got that?@@ Early Alec Baldwin proved to be a pretty intimidating character in Glengarry Glen Ross, the start-studded real estate workplace drama from 1992. In this scene, Baldwin's character is sent to motivate the real estate salesmen to close those deals.