Nine to Five
Release year: 1980
Director: Colin Higgins
Screenwriter: Patricia Resnick, Colin Higgins
Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden, Elizabeth Wilson, Henry Jones, Lawrence Pressman
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Original Song. 3 Golden Globe nominations: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Dolly Parton), Best New Female Star (Dolly Parton), Best Original Song.
When Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) gets a job as an assistent, she quickly makes friends with co-workers Violet (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee (Dolly Parton). Together the three bond over their dislike for their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot of a boss (Dabney Coleman), fantasizing about how to get rid of him . But then one day Violet makes a mistake, that means the three women must stand together against their boss.
Originally meant as a drama, this beloved 1980 comedy deals with a serious subject, as it tackles the unfair difference between men and women, that still exists on far too many workplaces today. In 1980 the problem was a big issue for many American women and this sweet and charming movie greatly showcases the problem. With Coleman (Tootsie, 1982) as what seems like all the stereotypes for bad bosses melted together in one, it is not hard to gain sympathy for the three women. Not even when their unfortunate actions and misunderstandings led them into crime. Off course it helps that they are played by three undeniable charming women. Fonda (Cat Ballou, 1965) is the scorn woman turned mousy secretary while Tomlin (All of Me, 1984) is the business woman constantly overrun by her male coworkers when it comes to promotions. Both are great in their roles. But none of them manage to add as much charm and heart to the movie, as an excellent Parton (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, 1982), here in her movie debut. As the buxom secretary of the evil boss, who is sexually harassed by him and hated by all the other women, who mistakenly thinks she sleeps with him, Parton is a perfect blend of strength and cute voice and delivers her lines with perfect comic timing. Though the situation gets outrageous, the fact that the story is mainly played straight ensures this brilliant comedy keeps it feet planted even when some of its characters are flying under the ceiling! A beloved classic and a damn fine comedy-vehicle for three of the best girls of the 1980s.
While filming the movie, Parton found she could use her long acrylic fingernails to simulate the sound of a typewriter. She wrote the song on set by clicking her nails together and forming the beat.
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