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Working for the Weekend

By Mike Smoody

Workers of the world, unite! Okay, maybe radical revolution might be going a bit too far. Instead of taking to the streets, how about sitting back on your couch (after a hard day's work, of course) with a loved one (pet or human) or alone (what do I care?) and taking pleasure in watching other people pick up the slack. What I'm trying to say is—watch these movies about working life.

  • Office Space

    2005 by Mike Judge

    Though a satire on suburban working life, it ends with the heartfelt message that if you find a job you love, you won’t have to work another day of your life.

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  • Cocktail

    by Roger Donaldson

    Shake up a Tom Collins or a dry martini and watch some classic Cruise. And believe me, every bartending gig is just like this.

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  • Barcelona

    2002 by Whit Stillman

    The dry wit of director/screenwriter Whit Stillman strikes again in this movie about a young man who takes a whole person approach to his career. You might think Barcelona means "take it easy", but not for this earnest, career- minded follower of the famous salesman George Matthew Adams.

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  • Blade Runner : The Final Cut

    2010 by Ridley Scott

    It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    2014 by Martin Scorsese

    This is proof that the 1% work too, they just do it a little differently. The American Dream takes many forms, but in this movie, its form is excess.

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  • Fistful of Dollars

    2007 by Sergio Leone

    Back in the good old days one could make a lucrative career as a gunslinger. Clint Eastwood launched his career in just this manner. As a much in demand gun fighter with a faster than light draw, he adds to his profits by playing off two rival gangs, both eager for his services.

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  • Adaptation

    2003 by Spike Jonze

    You might think being a writer sounds like a great career—you can set your own hours, liberate your imagination, and bask in the admiration of your adoring fans. Panic, self-loathing, and murder don’t usually factor into the popular conception of the writing life. Well, Charlie Kaufman is here to prove you wrong.

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  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    2002 by Al Pacino

    Sales is not for the weak as Alec Baldwin makes clear in a vehement and memorable monologue. It’s a ruthless business and the ruin of many a good man.

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