Office Space

  • Directors: Mike Judge
  • Producers: Daniel Rappaport, Michael Rotenberg
  • Writers: Mike Judge
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Romance
  • Actors: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Gary Cole, Stephen Root, John C McGinley

The film is centered on a group of software engineers working at Initech, a company plagued by excessive management. Much of the film’s plot involves everyday annoyances of office work in a cube farm setting evocative of the Dilbert comic strip.

Peter Gibbons is a disgruntled programmer at Initech. Peter spends his days “staring at his desk” instead of reprogramming bank software for the then-expected Y2K disaster. His co-workers include Samir Nagheenanajar, who is annoyed by the fact that nobody can pronounce his last name correctly; Michael Bolton, who loathes having the same name as the famous singer, whom he hates; and Milton Waddams, a meek, fixated collator who constantly mumbles to himself (most notably about his workmates borrowing his favorite red Swingline stapler). All four are repeatedly bullied and harassed by management, especially Initech’s callous vice president, Bill Lumbergh. The staff are further agitated by the arrival of two consultants, informally known as “The Bobs” since they share the same first name, who are brought in to help with cutting expenses, mainly through downsizing.

Peter is depressed, bored, and pushed around at work. He attends an occupational hypnotherapy session urged upon him by his girlfriend, Anne. The obese hypnotherapist, Dr. Swanson, suddenly dies of a heart attack before he can snap Peter out of a state of complete relaxation. The newly relaxed and still half-hypnotized Peter wakes up the next morning and ignores continued calls from Anne (who confesses to cheating and leaves him) and Lumbergh (who was expecting Peter to work over the weekend). Peter announces that he will simply not go to work anymore, instead pursuing his lifelong dream of “doing nothing,” and asks out Joanna, a waitress who shares Peter’s loathing of idiotic management and love of the television program Kung Fu. Joanna works at Chotchkie’s, a restaurant that plays on TGI Friday’s interior decoration and uniform standards (Joanna’s hatred for her occupation eventually culminates in an argument with her boss and her being fired after she gives him the finger).

The last scene of the movie shows that Milton has made his way to a resort in Mexico with the money Peter left in Lumbergh’s office.

Forever Strong

  • Directors: Ryan Little
  • Producers: Adam Abel, Ryan Little, Steven A Lee, Brian Peck, Brad Pelo
  • Writers: David Pliler
  • Genres: Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Sean Faris, Gary Cole, Penn Badgley, Arielle Kebbel, with Sean Astin, Neal McDonough, Olesya Rulin

Talented but troubled high school rugby player Rick Penning (Sean Faris) loses his position as the star of an Arizona rugby union team when he is sentenced to a boys’ Juvenile Detention Center in Salt Lake City.[1] Rick ends up playing for Salt Lake’s notable Highland High School rugby team, coached by Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole), in the national championships – against his old team, who is coached by his father, Richard Penning (Neal McDonough). Emily (Arielle Kebbel) is Rick’s love interest, and Marcus (Sean Astin) is his guidance counselor.

Talladega Nights The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

  • Directors: Adam McKay
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Jimmy Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay
  • Writers: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, John C Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Clarke Duncan, Leslie Bibb, Amy Adams, Gary Cole, Jane Lynch

Ricky Bobby was born to “go fast.” He was born in the back seat of his father’s car, and raised solely by his mother, Len Leplin, while his drug addict and alcoholic father, Reese Bobby, is absent. Many years later, while working on a pit crew as the jackman for a race team, he replaces an uninterested driver and ends up finishing in third place, despite starting mid-race in last place. Ricky quickly soars to the top of NASCAR, achieving fame and fortune at Dennit Racing and meeting his future wife, Carley (Bibb). He arranges to get his best friend, Cal, as the second driver of the team.

Fast forward to a couple of years later. While on top of the racing world, Ricky is challenged by homosexual French Formula One & CART driver, Jean Girard (Cohen). Girard outperforms Ricky on the track and becomes Dennit Racing’s top driver. Ricky, desperate to regain his dominance, pushes himself too hard and ends up in a spectacular wreck, during which he believes that he is on fire. While recovering, he persists in the belief that he is paralyzed. His tests at Rockingham Speedway show that he has lost his touch and he fails to regain a spot on the team. Carley, yearning to be married to a top NASCAR driver, plans a divorce and a marriage to Cal before Ricky gets home that night.

Ricky takes his two sons, Walker and Texas Ranger and moves back home with his mother. He takes a job as a pizza delivery and is reduced to using a bicycle after losing his license. With his life at its low point, Reese suddenly reenters Ricky’s life and tries to teach Ricky to drive by using the fear he experienced. With the retraining and guidance of his father, Ricky regains his confidence but still refuses to race after Reese walks out. When Ricky runs into his former assistant, Susan, at a bar, she convinces Ricky to get back into racing at the Talladega 500 and they fall in love. The race ends with all cars being wrecked and Girard and Bobby running on foot to the finish line. Girard then offers to shake hands with Ricky after Ricky beats him, but instead Girard passionately kisses him. Both drivers are disqualified for violating race procedures and Cal wins the race, having been in third prior to the wrecks. Ricky and Cal repair their friendship and the family, consisting of Ricky, Susan, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Ricky’s mother, meet Reese in the parking lot and reunite for a dinner during which they plan to get thrown out of Applebee’s.

Pineapple Express

  • Directors: David Gordon Green
  • Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson
  • Writers: Story, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenplay, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Craig Robinson, Amber Heard, Kevin Corrigan, and, Danny R McBride

Dale Denton (Seth Rogen) is a 25-year-old process server who, in delivering a subpoena to drug lord Ted Jones (Gary Cole), witnesses Jones and his girlfriend, a corrupt police officer, Carol Brazier (Rosie Perez), commit murder. Dale panics and leaves a joint roach at the scene containing a rare strain of marijuana called Pineapple Express. Ted and Carol run outside to catch the witness, only to miss him. Ted picks up the roach and identifies it as the rare strain that he has only sold to one dealer. He sends his two henchmen, Budlofsky (Kevin Corrigan) and Matheson (Craig Robinson) to the dealer, Red (Danny R. McBride), who discloses that he has only sold this marijuana to Dale’s dealer, Saul Silver (James Franco).

Dale flees to Saul’s apartment in a panic because he doesn’t know where else to go. After a brief conversation Dale realizes Ted could trace the Roach back to Saul. They flee Saul’s apartment. Ted’s henchmen persuade Saul’s supplier, Red, to arrange a meeting between Red and Saul, but this fails because Dale and Saul spend the night in the woods. Matheson and Budlofsky learn Dale’s identity through Red.

Saul, Dale, and Red go to a diner for breakfast, reminisce about the events and bond, the film ends with them getting in “Bubbe’s” car to go to the hospital.