Happy almost Labor Day weekend, everybody! Here’s to celebrating work by taking a day off! And when you’re done grilling burgers and drinking too much and getting inappropriately handsy with a neighbor, there’s nothing like settling in for an evening’s entertainment — perhaps with a holiday-appropriate “workplace” movie. We’ve taken a look at a few of our favorite employment-based pictures, and given some thought to which cinematic protagonists we might like to share our quarters with. Check them out after the jump, and add your own in the comments.
Peter Gibbons, Office Space
Any rumination on workplace cinema must begin, of course, with Mike Judge’s 1999 workplace comedy, and with Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), our refreshingly devil-may-care hero. Of course, Peter’s easy-breezy manner is the result of an occupational hypnotherapy session gone awry, but never mind the cause; Peter comes and goes as he pleases, is openly critical of upper management, favors a nice long lunch at Chotchkie’s, and gleefully parks in the spot reserved for insufferable Bill Lumbergh (Mitt Romney Gary Cole). All in all, sounds like a guy we’d love to have in the next cubicle.