The plot thickens and thins

Jawbreaker revisits Heathers; Office Space brings Mike Judge's world to live action

While Office Space doesn't qualify as sophisticated comedy, it also avoids slapstick and stupidity jokes. For better or worse--and I say for better--Judge is not the Farrelly brothers. His movie, despite its satirical exaggerations, is still basically a character-based comedy. In Livingston's hands, Peter is a likable hero whose all-American blandness makes him an appropriate contrast to Milton and the other hideously vapid or frustrated workers. What will seem strange to fans of Judge's animated work is the way most of the actors appear to be doing imitations of characters performed by Judge himself in Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill. It's decidedly weird to hear these familiar voices finally coming out of human mouths.

Jawbreaker.
Written and directed by Darren Stein. With Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Judy Greer, Julie Benz, Chad Christ, and Pam Grier. Opens Friday.

Office Space.
Written and directed by Mike Judge; based on the "Milton" animated shorts by Mike Judge. With Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Stephen Root, and Gary Cole. Opens Friday.

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