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Top 5 Movies to Watch When Working From Home

Working from home has become the defacto standard for companies these days which means things might get monotonous for you folks at times. In case you have a spot of time on your hands while taking a break, here are the top 5 movies to watch while working from home:

1. Yes Man (2008)

A down on his luck man sinking into a self-destructive spiral of despair and negativity comes across a self-help program that changes his life. Jim Carrey's overacting is put to good use in this movie where Carrey learns to say YES to everything in his life - to hilarious effect.

The images given below show the moments when Carrey is introduced to the concept of saying yes, when he meets the semi-cult self-help leader and when he is taking action as a Yes Man. ( Saying yes to all that life has to offer)

What will you learn from this movie:

  • All skills you pick up from random workshops will be directly useful in everyday situations ( Re: Slumdog Millionaire)

  • Take things literally at first when attending a self-help workshop

2. Office Space (1999)

The dry humor in this movie is as applicable today as it was when it was released. The employees are frustrated, the boss is a gigantic douche, and growth prospects are non-existent.

Office Space Movie
Initech - The Company that popularized TPS reports

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This is not a movie that goes with the laugh track approach wherein the comedy is obvious like in Horrible Bosses. Dark humor is employed in this movie. If you are feeling frustrated at work, then this movie might be highly cathartic for you. All employees are seething with contempt for their job, workplace, and everything related to those aspects. It is incredibly funny and reminds you of Dilbert comic strips.

Violence against people is not funny. Violence against malfunctioning technology however can be very entertaining as seen below. One of the central themes of the movie is the faulty printer that jams and swallows essential documents at crucial times. This is what inspires the trio of employees in this movie to vent their pent-up anger against an inanimate object as if it messed up on purpose. You can see how this plays out in the images given below where they take the evil printer to an isolated location and take turns eviscerating it.

This movie has been a cult classic for quite some time with references to it in pop culture. Anyone who has watched the Mandalorian will know the reference to TPS reports by Bill Burr in one of the episodes.

3. Horrible Bosses (2011)

Taking the a**hole boss stereotype to the max, Horrible Bosses is a laugh riot with a lot of physical comedy and dirty jokes aplenty. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day play Nick, Kurt, and Dale, the hapless employees with a monstrous boss each.

The comedy in this movie is due to the great chemistry shared by the three actors shown below. They always end up quarreling and at each other's throat, but make it through dire straits through sheer dumb luck.

Anyone looking for a whole load of laughs will find this movie delightful, with Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Julie Bowen adding to the comedy.

4. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

In case you ever feel like taking a personal day from work, this is the perfect movie to watch. The plot here revolves around a slacker who fakes being sick to go on a joy ride through the city.

Mathew Broderick plays the role of Ferris Bueller who convinces his best friend and girlfriend to play hooky while going on an elaborate adventure. There's juvenile behavior, childish pranks, great music, and one awesome Star Wars reference.

There have always been theories of Ferris actually being the split personality persona of his best friend Cameron played by Alan Ruck. Another theory speculates that it is actually Cameron's fever dream, imagining the whole day while being sick at home.

This movie is part of pop culture and is hinted at in the Deadpool movie end credits as well as Spiderman: Homecoming.

5. Up in the Air (2009)

George Clooney at his dramatic best is something you wouldn't wanna miss. As an instance of the old ushering in the young at a corporate workplace, this is insightful and entertaining at the same time.

Clooney serves as a contrast against the vulnerability of a corporate drone while being considerate to the people he fires - for a living. The tables are turned however when a young ivy-leaguer decides that the company he works in needs a makeover. The whole movie is about Clooney training his replacement and getting a dose of his own bitter medicine in the process.

The cinematography is great in this movie, with beautiful aerial shots and stills portraying silence and contemplation. They explore loneliness and self-discovery in Up in the Air.

This is a quiet movie with a slow pace and great acting. You get to see many metaphors play out through the course of the movie.

Up in the air movie
Clooney mentoring Kendrick

Is it OK to watch TV while working from home?

Now, this is an interesting question. The purpose of this post is not to make you drop all you're doing and start streaming content. In case you are on a break from work (Lunch/Tea) or are experiencing unexpected downtime, then it's good to have a backup playlist of movies. You can stream a show or watch part of a movie when you are taking a break from work tasks.

What should I binge watch while working from home?

If you are working from home, then I would advise you not to binge anything during work hours and even during your off-time. Binging content means spending more than an hour of your time watching consecutive episodes of a show or two complete movies back to back. Binge-watching is best done over the weekend when there's no other good alternative such as hanging out with your friends.

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