No matter how much you love your job, there are days that will, to put it bluntly, suck. And after you’ve had a day like that, there’s a good chance you’ll just want to kick-back, relax and watch something. If the film happens to resonate with your working experience, well so much the better.
Thing is, it’s not always easy to figure out what film you should watch when work’s left you in a complete funk.
Luckily for you, we’ve made the task a little easier by compiling a list of films every frustrated office worker can relate to. And to make choosing a little simpler, we’ve included trailers for each of the films too.
6. Horrible Bosses
Anyone who’s ever had a difficult boss has probably fantasised about how much better life would be if said boss would just disappear off the face of the Earth. A few desperate souls have, like the characters in this film, gone so far as to fantasise about killing those bosses.
Watch Because: Hey, at least your boss isn’t this bad.
5. Office Space
Released in 1999, this film fast became a cult hit as it resonated with anyone who’d ever found themselves bored and frustrated in the grey cubicle farms that were so typical of corporate offices at the time. From the “don’t give a damn” attitude of Peter Gibbons the protagonist, to the revenge plot concocted by him and his colleagues, the film represents everything under-appreciated salary workers have ever dreamed of doing.
Watch because: The tech might be dated, but the frustrations are still the same.
4. Fight Club
Fight Club takes the frustrated worker trope to new extremes. In the film, Edward Norton plays an unnamed protagonist, an “everyman” whose white-collar job leaves him feeling empty. The character looks set to slowly descend into the madness of insomnia until he meets Tyler Durden and starts a “fight club”. From there, things escalate to the point of explosiveness. If you’re unfamiliar with the ending, get your hands on a copy and watch it now.
Watch Because: You’re using the IKEA catalogue as a distraction from the crushing despair of your office job.
3. The Devil Wears Prada
Anyone who’s had to take an internship they weren’t really all that keen on will relate to this one. Starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada is an adaptation of the 2003 book of the same name. In the film, Hathaway plays an ambitious journalism graduate who lands a job as co-assistant to Miranda Priestley (played by Streep), a powerful fashion magazine editor.
Reluctant to take the job in the first place, she questions everything but slowly comes to realise there is method to even the harshest of Priestley’s demands.
Watch Because: Sometimes a harsh boss is the best thing for you.
2. In Good Company
In Good Company plays in a number of different genres — Romantic Comedy, Buddy Comedy, Coming of Age Tale – but it will resonate with anyone who’s spent years working hard at a job only to be passed over for an opportunity they believe should rightfully be theirs.
The film stars Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, and Scarlett Johansson. Quaid plays Dan Foreman, a middle-aged advertising executive whose company is bought out by a large international corporation leaving him with a new boss (Grace) who is nearly half his age. Things only get more complicated when Grace’s character falls in love with Foreman’s daughter (played by Johansson).
If you’re watching for the first time, expect a few laughs with moments of insight about life, love, and work.
Watch Because: At least your new, younger, boss isn’t in love with your daughter.
1. Up in the Air
An adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, this 2009 film stars George Clooney as a corporate “downsizer”, who
travels a lot and has done everything to keep his life simple, including shutting out friends and family.
The plot revolves around this philosophy and the impact of the people he meets along the way, as well his quest to become the seventh person (as well as the youngest) to earn ten million frequent flyer miles with American Airlines.
Gradually however, he comes to realise that relationships, however messy, mean more than an uncluttered life and frequent-flyer miles.
Watch Because: There’s more to life than air-miles.
Which film best represents your work situation? Let us know in the comments section below.