We all have to pay the bills, and whatever we have left over we use toward entertainment. What better way to entertain yourself than by hunkering down with a good movie?
As we swing into Labor Day, why not take a look at some films that celebrate, mock and renounce work? So, feel free to clock out, plop onto your couch and relive some beloved work-related movies, below:
The 1999 cult classic came and went in theaters with a whimper, but it has grown in popularity since. The story of a frustrated office worker (Ron Livingston) resonates with anyone who’s ever suffered the indignation of being assigned to a cubicle. It’s enough to make you scream, “TPS reports!” It also featured a stuffy turn by Gary Cole as Lumbergh and Jennifer Aniston as Livingston’s love interest.
The title alone is enough to make you want to watch it, right? Who hasn’t wanted to get even with their employers or said “I could kill” when talking about the guy who signs their checks? Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are the everyday schlubs who hatch plans to kill their bosses with hilarious results. And bonus points to Jennifer Aniston, for her role as a sex-crazed dentist who Day can’t keep at bay.
A great idea that was poorly executed, this comedy features Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as interns at Google. They’re old compared to their college-aged colleagues and that’s where the laughs are. At least that’s where they’re supposed to be.
Take This Job and Shove It
This 1981 comedy makes the list because it pretty much sums up everything we’ve all wanted to say to our boss at one time. Robert Hays stars as a young executive who’s sent back to his hometown to help turn around a struggling brewery. Now, how can that not be funny?
This iconic 1988 comedy garnered six Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. Melanie Griffith was on her game as a frustrated secretary who manages to rise to the top of the corporate food chain through some deceptive means.
The Secret of My Success
Michael J. Fox is a young whipper-snapper desperate to make his mark in the big city. Stuck in the mail room, he creates a fake persona in order to land a coveted job in his uncle’s firm. All sorts of hijinks ensue as he works to make sure no one reveals his true identity.
Sally Field won an Oscar for her portrayal of a mill worker who organizes a union, despite the many obstacles in her way.
In Good Company
Dennis Quaid is a salesman executive whose life is turned upside down when he gets a new boss (Topher Grace) about half his age. Things get even more complicated when his daughter (Scarlett Johansson) and said boss begin a fling. Who can’t relate to that, right?
Up In the Air
George Clooney plays a road warrior exec with one job: firing people. Anna Kendrick bursts on the scene as the new hire who wants to re-define how he does his job and Vera Farmiga is the fellow traveler who makes Clooney re-think what he’s doing. All three were nominated for Oscars, while the film itself also picked up a Best Picture nod.
Employee of the Month
Dane Cook was at the height of his popularity when this 2006 dud came out. He plays a slacker working at a Walmart-type store determined to beat a co-worker (Dax Shepard) for employee of the month honors in the hopes he can win the heart of a new colleague (Jessica Simpson) who reportedly only dates men who’ve won the award. Yeah, we can’t believe they made this movie, either.
Diane Keaton tries to balance the demands of parenthood and work life after she inherits a child from a long-lost relative in this 1987 comedy.
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
Gregory Peck shines as a WWII veteran whose wife pressures him to make money. He’s torn between making a better living and spending time with family, a dilemma that many have still yet to solve in today’s “be available 24/7″ world.
Nine to Five
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton turn the tables on insufferable boss Dabney Coleman when they kidnap him and take over the company. It inspired a short-lived sitcom, a catchy theme song by Parton and a popular Broadway show.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Okay, this is definitely a high school movie, but have no doubt that work plays a huge part in this classic. Judge Reinhold is Bradley Hamilton, whose life falls apart when he’s fired from a fast food joint after he covers for a co-worker who goes to the bathroom. If anything, it just goes to show how important having a good job can be to your psyche. And let’s not forget the roles of other jobs: Stacy in the pizza parlor, Damone scalping concert tickets, Mr. Hand as the frustrated teacher and Bradley again when he foils the robber in the convenience store.