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.

The Bounty Hunter

  • Directors: Andy Tennant
  • Producers: Neal H Moritz
  • Writers: Sarah Thorp
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler

Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that’s ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply with him and Nicole. The exes continue to one-up each other until they find themselves on the run for their lives. If they thought their promise to love, honor and obey was tough, staying alive is going to be a whole lot tougher.

Rock Star

  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Producers:
  • Writers: John Stockwell
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Actors: Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston

Rock Star tells the story of Chris Cole and a rock band called Steel Dragon. Cole is a photocopier technician by day, and the lead singer of a Steel Dragon tribute band called “Blood Pollution” by night.

Internal struggles between the Steel Dragon band members culminate with the firing of the lead singer, Bobby Beers (Jason Flemyng) and the starting of recruitment sessions to find a new vocalist. Chris experiences his own internal strife with his bandmates, particularly guitarist Rob Malcolm (Timothy Olyphant) and is fired from Blood Pollution. He is given an audition with Steel Dragon (thanks to two of Blood Pollution’s groupies who had a tape of one of their concerts) and joins them as their new singer, adopting the stage name “Izzy.”

Following a successful debut concert with Steel Dragon, Izzy has to come to grips with the pressures of his newfound fame and success. The band embarks on a lengthy tour and Izzy experiences the excesses of the lifestyle. His new lifestyle impacts his life both for better and worse, particularly with his relationship with his supportive girlfriend, Emily (Jennifer Aniston). The group’s band manager Mats (Timothy Spall) serves as a sympathetic mentor to Izzy.

Izzy (now Chris Cole again) makes his way to Seattle and starts a new coffee-house rock band. (An allusion to the end of 1980s hair metal and the beginnings of the grunge rock movement) He finds Emily working in the coffee shop she and her roommate purchased a few months earlier, but is initially too ashamed to meet her. While walking one evening, Emily sees a flyer for his band posted on the wall and takes it down. In the final scene, Chris is singing with his band in a bar and Emily walks in. Chris leaves the stage and meets her. They reconcile, ending the film with a kiss.

The Break Up

  • Directors: Peyton Reed
  • Producers: Vince Vaughn, Scott Stuber
  • Writers: Vince Vaughn, Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston

A bickering couple, immature, iresponsible Gary (Vaughn) and Brooke (Aniston), live in a condo in Chicago. Both are driven in their careers, with Gary working as a city tour business guide in his brothers’ company and Brooke working in an art gallery. Early in the movie, they separate after a bitter argument. Their conflicts are largely due to Gary’s immaturity and inflexibility.

Their social backgrounds contribute to the division that becomes apparent between them. Brooke has applied feng shui books from her mother in the interior design of her and Gary’s condo; her brother Richard is part of an a cappella group called The Tone Rangers; her friend Addie uses phrases of advice such as “Remember, we’re always owning our actions, right? And we’re always healthy with it, yes?”; and Brooke bemoans how many times she has dropped “hints about the ballet” to Gary, but to no avail. By contrast, Gary likes action-oriented teen video games, is an avid Chicago sports fan, and wants a pool table in the condo. Brooke is fighting for their relationship to stay alive. However, the condo ends up becoming the subject of a war in which both try to outwit and outdo each other through blind dates, drunken parties, and broken promises.

Gary, realizing what he has lost, returns to his tour business while Brooke travels the world, eventually finding her way back to Chicago. At the end of the movie, they meet again by chance on the streets of Chicago. After some awkward but friendly catching up, they part ways but catch each other glancing over their shoulders and share a smile.

Management

  • Directors: Stephen Belber
  • Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen
  • Writers: Stephen Belber
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, Fred Ward

Management chronicles the chance meeting of Mike Cranshaw (Steve Zahn) and Sue Claussen (Jennifer Aniston) when she checks into the roadside motel owned by Mike’s parents in Arizona. A bottle of wine ‘compliments of management’ jump starts the cross-country journey and unique courtship between two different kinds of people who are both ultimately looking for the same thing – a sense of happiness. Mike sees something special in button downed Sue that inspires him to take a chance and hit the road to go after her. But once he reaches Maryland, he finds that Sue has no place for an aimless dreamer in her carefully ordered life. Obsessed with making a difference in the world, Sue falls back in with her punk-turned-Yogurt mogul ex-boyfriend Jango (Woody Harrelson), who promises her a chance to head his charity operations. But having finally found something worth fighting for, Mike puts his hopes against her practicality and the two embark on a twisted, bumpy, ultimately freeing journey to discover that their place in the world just might be together.

He s Just Not That Into You

  • Directors: Ken Kwapis
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen
  • Writers: Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Kris Kristofferson

The plot chronicles the romantic misadventures of nine individuals in their twenties and thirties. Set in Baltimore, the common thread of the story is that one person in each relationship is more enamored with the other person than vice versa. At the core of these multiple stories is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman who repeatedly misinterprets the signs that men give her about their level of interest in her.

After a rejection from Conor (Kevin Connolly), Gigi begins getting dating advice from the romantic and promiscuous Alex (Justin Long), the manager of a bar and Conor’s best friend. Alex tells Gigi that Conor simply wasn’t interested in her since he hasn’t called, otherwise he would have definitely made a move. He also tells her that she should stop thinking that she is an exception to this rule, and to stop obsessing over every “sign” that she might pick up on during a date. Gigi proceeds to go on several unsuccessful dates, often calling Alex during dates for advice. Gigi starts believing that Alex is interested in her because he is so willing to take a call from her (even when he’s busy at work, or is with a girl), and because she thinks Alex intentionally botched a blind date he organized for Gigi and one of his friends. Alex then invites Gigi to a party he’s having at his apartment. Interpreting this invitation as an opportunity to “co-host” the party, Gigi helps make food for guests, and stays behind to clean up. When all the guests are gone, Gigi kisses Alex. Alex, surprised and very frustrated, tells her he wasn’t interested in her romantically, and if he was he would’ve pursued her. Gigi tells him that even though she obsesses over everything and has embarrassed herself many times, she is closer to finding love than he is. Gigi and Alex stop speaking to each other, but Alex feels continuously troubled at work. After being confronted by one of his employees he realizes he’s obsessing and over-analyzing his situation with Gigi, in the same way Gigi was at the beginning. Meanwhile, Gigi goes on a date with Bill (Alex’s friend who was meant to go on the blind date with her). After she returns home, Alex goes to see her at her apartment. He apologizes to Gigi and kisses her, telling her that she is his exception.

Gigi’s other co-worker, Beth (Jennifer Aniston), is living with her boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck), who is also friends with Ben, and who she has been with for seven years. Although Beth wants to get married, Neil does not believe in signing a piece of paper to say you love someone. After listening to a rant about relationships from Gigi, Beth becomes upset and starts thinking about her relationship with Neil. When she arrives home after work she asks Neil if he’ll ever marry her; when he doesn’t respond, Beth breaks up with him. Neil moves out to live in his boat while Beth goes home to see her family and to be a bridesmaid at her younger sister’s wedding. During the reception, Beth’s father has a heart attack. Beth constantly looks after her father: she brings him food and keeps him company, and cleans the house. Meanwhile all the other sisters’ husbands do is watch football, make a mess, and are not concerned at all about their father in-law. Beth is constantly frustrated and worried, but Neil suddenly appears in the kitchen helping her wash dishes. Beth goes to see Neil on his boat and they get back together, telling him that he is more of a husband than her sister’s husbands will ever be. Back at their apartment, Beth scolds Neil for bringing back a pair of pants she told him to leave on the boat. Neil insists that if she’s going to throw them out then to check the pockets for any valuables. Beth complies and discovers a box with a diamond ring, and turns around to find Neil kneeling down behind her. Neil proposes to her, telling her that for him to be happy then Beth needs to be happy. Beth accepts his proposal.

The Iron Giant

  • Directors: Brad Bird
  • Producers: Pete Townshend, Des McAnuff, Allison Abbate, John Walker
  • Writers: Ted Hughes title The Iron Man The Iron Man, Brad Bird, Tim McCanlies
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr, Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney

In 1957, a giant metal robot crash-lands just off the coast of Rockwell, Maine. It is seen by a man in a boat, who narrowly survives. After the big metal man eats a television antenna from a house dangerously close to the woods, the boy who lives there, Hogarth Hughes, follows its huge footprints into the dense forest. There, the giant becomes entangled in wires at a power station, electrocuting it. Hogarth shuts off the power, saving the robot. The next day he finds the robot again, and it follows him to his house. On the way, the Giant discovers train tracks. He attempts to eat them, but Hogarth explains that train tracks are off limits. While trying to fix the tracks, an upcoming train collides with the Giant. Hogarth panics, as the collision caused the robot to lose its arm and a jaw bolt, but he realizes that the Giant is assembling itself back together because of an apparent repair signal from its head. Meanwhile, Kent Mansley, a pompous, self-centered and paranoid U.S. Government agent, arrives in town to investigate the sightings and stories amongst the citizens.

Hogarth hides the Giant in his barn, showing it comic books depicting Superman, an alien visitor who becomes a hero. Mansley, having investigated the wrecked power station and the train wreck, later arrives at their doorstep to ask if he could use their telephone to phone General Rogard about the information he collected. Masnley becomes suspicious of Hogarth after seeing a BB gun with Hogarth’s name on it in the woods, and rents a room in the Hughes’ house. Trying to keep Mansley from discovering the Giant, Hogarth is able to convince a beatnik metal artist named Dean McCoppin to have the Giant stay at his scrap yard. Hogarth and the Giant have fun together, and Hogarth explains the concept of life and death after the Giant sees hunters slaying a deer in the woods.

A few months later, in the spring of 1958, a memorial statue has been erected in the Giant’s honor. Dean and Annie appear to be in a relationship and Hogarth has made some new friends. He is sent a single jaw-screw by Rogard, the only piece of the Giant recovered from the explosion. In bed that night, Hogarth hears a tapping noise at the window. The screw is bumping against the glass, apparently attempting to travel somewhere. Smiling and realizing what the piece’s activity means, Hogarth opens the window and lets it roll away. The movie ends with the Giant’s body parts making their way to the Langjökull glacier in Iceland, summoned there by the repair signal in the Giant’s head, which opens its eyes and smiles.

Bruce Almighty

  • Directors: Tom Shadyac
  • Producers: Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey, James D Brubaker, Michael Bostick, Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe
  • Writers: Steve Koren, Mark O Keefe, Steve Oedekerk
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Ann Walter, Catherine Bell, Steve Carell, Philip Baker Hall, Nora Dunn, Eddie Jemison, Sally Kirkland

Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) is a television news reporter for Channel 7 Eyewitness News on WKBW-TV in Buffalo, New York who is unsuccessful at getting a job as an anchorman. After a series of other incidents of ill fortune, he complains to God that He is treating him (Bruce) unfairly and is doing a poor job as supreme deity. God then contacts Bruce in human form (Morgan Freeman) and grants him all of His power so as to prove which one is the better handler thereof. Bruce uses his new-found powers for personal gain: he sabotages a colleague named Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) who had cheated him; takes revenge on a street gang who beat him earlier in the film; transforms his car from a Datsun 240Z to a Saleen S7; allows his favorite hockey team, the Buffalo Sabres, to win the Stanley Cup; places command on a dog to use the toilet for urination; and enhances the breasts and sex drive of his girlfriend, Grace Connelly (Jennifer Aniston).

Bruce endangers his relationship with Grace through his self-centered behavior. God then reminds Bruce that “He” has the task of resolving other people’s problems. God, at this, quotes a line from one of Carrey’s other movies (“Alrighty then”, from Ace Ventura), and tells Bruce that if he wants, Bruce can fix all the world’s problems in a few minutes, knowing that this is untrue. Bruce later receives millions of prayers, all of which, according to God, originate only from a few streets in his own town. Bruce is thus able to realize how much work God must do to keep the cosmos “in line”.

Depressed, Bruce walks onto a highway. Ultimately Bruce realizes that God’s powers are best left for God to handle and asks God to take control of his life. Right after that he is killed by collision with a truck. He is then shown in Heaven, where God asks him “what he really wants”. In answer, Bruce asks that Grace find a man who may make her truly happy and see her through God’s eyes. At this, Bruce is revived by paramedics. Later, Bruce has returned to his earlier field of reporting and is content with it; donates blood for a transfusion; and becomes engaged to marry Grace. The ending scene features a slow close-up of the homeless man, whose image morphs slightly and he is revealed to be God. This echoes a line of Joan Osborne’s song, One of Us, which Bruce is shown singing after his acquisition of the divine power.

Marley Me

  • Directors: David Frankel
  • Producers: Gil Netter, Kevin Halloran, Karen Rosenfelt
  • Writers: Scott Frank, Don Roos, Based on the novel by John Grogan
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston

Soon after their wedding, John and Jenny Grogan escape the brutal Michigan winters and relocate to a cottage in southern Florida, where they are hired as reporters for competing newspapers. At The Palm Beach Post, Jenny immediately receives prominent front-page assignments, while at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, John finds himself writing obituaries and two-paragraph articles about mundane news like a fire at the local garbage dump.

When John senses Jenny is contemplating motherhood, his friend and co-worker Sebastian Tunney suggests the couple adopt a dog to see if they’re ready to raise a family. From a litter of newborn yellow labrador retrievers they select Marley (named after reggae singer Bob Marley), who immediately proves to be incorrigible. They bring him to Ms. Kornblut, who firmly believes any dog can be trained, but when Marley refuses to obey commands, she expels him from her class.

Editor Arnie Klein offers John a twice-weekly column in which he can discuss the fun and foibles of everyday living. At first stumped for material, John realizes the misadventures of Marley might be the perfect topic for his first piece. Arnie agrees, and John settles into his new position.

Marley continues to wreak havoc on the household, providing John with a wealth of material for his column, which becomes a hit with readers and helps increase the newspaper’s circulation. Jenny becomes pregnant, but loses the baby early in her first trimester. She and John travel to Ireland for a belated honeymoon, leaving the rambunctious dog in the care of a young woman who finds him impossible to control, especially during the frequent thunderstorms that plague the area. Soon after returning from their vacation, Jenny discovers she is pregnant again, and this time she delivers a healthy boy, Patrick. When she has a second son, Connor, she opts to give up her job and become a stay-at-home mom, and the couple decides to move to a larger house in the safer neighborhood of Boca Raton, where Marley delights in swimming in the backyard pool.

John celebrates his 40th birthday. Increasingly disenchanted with his job, he decides to accept a position as a reporter with The Philadelphia Inquirer with Jenny’s blessing, and the family moves to a farm in rural Pennsylvania. Life is idyllic until the aging Marley begins to show signs of slowing down. When it becomes clear surgery will not help his debilitating condition, the dog is euthanised and buried.

Along Came Polly

  • Directors: John Hamburg
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
  • Writers: John Hamburg
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Hank Azaria, Bryan Brown, Alec Baldwin

Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) is a friendly insurance actuary who, since his job involves analyzing risk for insurance purposes, likes living life in complete safety and free from any unnecessary risk. As the film opens, he is celebrating his wedding to Lisa Kramer (Debra Messing), but promptly catches her making love on their honeymoon with a French scuba instructor (Hank Azaria). When he returns he meets Polly Prince (Jennifer Aniston), an extroverted former classmate, at an art gallery he was asked to by best friend Sandy (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Sandy appeared in a film when he was a teenager and now thinks himself a big star. Sandy asks Reuben to leave because Sandy “sharted”, they say goodbye to Polly and the next day Reuben tells Sandy he’s going to move on and ask Polly on a date. The two engage in a match against two other men in which Sandy tells Reuben that Polly would not be right for him because she has a tattoo and is nothing like when they were in 7th grade. At the end of the night he calls Polly but hangs up, she calls back and before he can stop it, his answering machine announces his name. Reuben then detours near Polly’s apartment where he catches her coming home, and pretending he didn’t see her, he then lies that his answering machine has been malfunctioning and calling people on its own.

Reuben moves into his new house and talks to Lisa who wants to see him at Sandy’s play. A friend of Polly’s reveals she’s leaving town but doesn’t know why, but just then Lisa comes over to Reuben and he’s forced to introduce her to him. As they sit down to watch the play he gets a call from his boss to evaluate Lew’s case, and Sandy announces to the audience that he will be playing the lead of the play as well as his own part, which causes a fight to break out the lead and Sandy, as despite Sandy only appearing in one film when he was young he has become convinced that he is a star. Reuben’s dad breaks his silence from the start of the film who then tells Sandy to let go and that it doesn’t matter what happened in the past or the future, it’s about enjoying the ride and something great will come, something unplanned for. This inspires Reuben and he tells Lisa he won’t be getting back with her because she’s a heartless bitch for cheating on him. He then learns from Sandy that the documentary he was making was a fake, so Reuben sends Sandy to his big meeting regarding Lew’s case in his place so he can rush to catch Polly before she leaves town. He sees her leaving but can’t keep up, and wanders back to her apartment where he finds her pet ferret Rodolfo, whose lead got caught in the door. Polly then comes round the corner shouting out for Rodolfo, sees Reuben and walks away with Rodolfo in tow. He apologizes and says she was risky but worth it. Back at Lew’s insurance case, Sandy is recognized by the businessmen for his part in the old movie after he delivers Reuben’s presentation, the board is impressed and Lew is granted his insurance despite his love for dangerous sports. Reuben being unable to convince Polly he gets some nuts from a vendor and makes them dirty by dropping them on the floor and eats them to proves he can take risks and says if Polly leaves she’ll never know what they could have had. They reconcile and we see in the future Reuben and Polly on the beach where he had his honeymoon. Claude runs into them, they explain they’re not married but in the future maybe and point Lew out, who’s just a small distance off. Reuben thanks Claude for everything and then he and Polly go off into the sea.