Hating your job is an art form really. The predicament in which many people find themselves is a tough situation to take in. Yes, you’ve thankful because there’s a reoccurring paycheck coming in to keep the lights on and a secure roof over your head, but there’s also this mental frustration with simply not being happy with what you’re doing for a living and, in most cases, the corporations you do it for and who you’re doing it with (ie those coworkers you look at every morning, cringing as you walk through said facility).
Temporarily putting up with your job from hell takes countless hours of self-determination, reflection, resistance (to not allow yourself to get out of character) and most importantly calmness and inner peace. Without those tools, even the most sane people can lose their minds. Now, for some, unleashing their mental frustrations through physical activities like spin or boxing is a great outlet, however the most effective way to forget all about the terrible days, once you arrive home, is to watch the best content, related to specific characters who also hate their day jobs. Let’s browse through the collection of feature films anyone is welcome to watch if they hate their jobs and their office space. By the way, if this does not work, you can always wake up one day and, quite unexpectedly, become a writer from home.
6 The Apartment
Winning Best Picture at the 1960 Academy Awards, along with Best Director and three other Oscars, The Apartment remains a classic critique of capitalism. Working as a struggling clerk in a New York-based insurance agency, CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon) temporarily lends his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses to use for their series of extramarital affairs. As his manager, Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), begins using Baxter’s apartment to carry out his indiscretions in exchange for a promotion (where Baxter is removed from the fifth floor office pool and now has a 27th floor wood-paneled office, along with keys to the much-exclusive executive washroom), Baxter quickly learns that Sheldrake’s mistress is the elevator girl at their job that Baxter is also interested in. The complicated love triangle in The Apartment makes for fantastic cinema, even better than modern day reality television, and Billy Wilder makes it all look beautiful (even the oppressive, brilliant shots of the office space).
Public service announcement, Nightcrawler is severely nihilistic and kind of graphic, but at the same time, Jake Gyllenhaal is pure perfection in his role as Lou Bloom, so why not take a chance at potentially projectile vomiting everywhere? Although Lou had a pretty crappy boss, he unexpectedly becomes a freelance crime cameraman who eventually becomes the center of his filmed work. Filming an array of vicious crimes, Lou lacks empathy for his subjects, justifying his sociopathic tendencies. The class-conscious film shows the horror of trying to get ahead at the workplace at all costs.
4 Working Girl
Hooking up with Harrison Ford via 1988 has to be the brightest spot of this film. Receptionist Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) pretends to be her boss, Katherine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), and facilitates a huge deal with investment broker Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford), all while her superior is in the hospital nursing an injured leg. As Katherine comes to find out what Tess has been doing behind her back, she plots to take her down. It’s technically wrong to impersonate your boss (never do this), but after watching the film anyone would fully understand why Tess deserves to live a little.
3 The Devil Wears Prada
At least they wear high-end designers, that always eases any pain when working in the fast-paced environment of fashion. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) is downright the most heartless yet stylistic boss there is (and that’s coming from someone who used to work in the fashion industry). Climbing to the top of the industry by working tirelessly, Miranda does in fact intimidate and berate her employees, however it could also be argued that she has only been deemed as a horrendous boss due to her gender.
Overseeing countless employees, Miranda in a way has to be tough in order to earn the respect of her workers; fashion is a cutthroat business in itself that saves no one. She’s simply preparing her team for the real world. Although it’s heavily speculated that Miranda’s character is loosely based on Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (no disrespect Ms. Wintour, still waiting on that MET Gala invite by the way), that claim has since been refuted.
To begin with, Clockwatchers perfectly highlights the components of the horror at having to work as a temp in a full time capacity. With no rights, no benefits, and no secure workstations of their own, many viewers can somehow understand the mentality of these four employees, as well as the reasoning behind their last resorts. After the announcement of a new hire (who is presented with a permanent position one of the existing temps was also eyeing), the four female temps become deviant individualists in the office, treated with hostility from their co-workers. To help seal the deal, the film has three incredible actors at the top of their games, Parker Posey, Toni Colette, and Lisa Kudrow.
1 9 to 5
Every office has at least one of those inappropriate and or sexist bosses (many operate in secret, so to everyone out there, be very aware and cautious), however, the lades in 9 to 5 handle the situation effectively, with class and dignity, acting as an inspiration to all. Three female secretariesone of whom went up for a promotion but was denied due primarily to her gender, decide to get revenge on their horrendous and sexist boss by abducting him and running the company business themselves.
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