Working Girl

Working Girl

DVD - 2001
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A young secretary in New York named Tess McGill has the brains, looks and charm to make it big. All she needs is the right haircut, clothes and job. The opportunity arises when her classy, seductive and treacherous boss breaks a leg skiing. Tess steps into her job, her apartment and her clothes, and all sorts of witty and romantic things follow!
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2001]
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY WOR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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MissyJayne
Sep 04, 2017

Such a cute movie with a great cast. Harrison seems a bit out of his element but he pulls it off. I might be in the minority but I absolutely love the horrid 1980s hair, makeup and shoulder pads. I can never get enough of that!

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

WORKING GIRL is a great film that exhibits the state of affairs for women in the eighties who deign to want a career. Skilled in her field but taken for granted by those around her, Tess McGill is a secretary by name but brings so much more to the table. When her boss ends up in hospital for an extended stay, Tess assumes her office without permission, bending the rules to get ahead. Taking the lead on a radio network acquisition, Tess has her designs on being the one who proposes mergers and sits in on the meetings (and not just to take notes). But she faces a hell of a lot of obstacles. And sadly not much has changed in terms of the barriers to rising up the corporate jungle gym for ladies. That's why WORKING GIRL is so fascinating still. It's not an historical document yet; it's a mirror. Watching the lengths that Tess goes to in order to rise up and be taken seriously makes me root for her. It makes me a little livid that these are steps she has to take to ever get promoted, but I certainly appreciate that her efforts are deserving. I like WORKING GIRL immensely and love coming back to it every handful of years. For anyone who's worked hard but to no avail, I'd recommend it.

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kpelish
Mar 30, 2017

Can a working girl from Staten Island make it in the rich investment world of Manhattan? Good fun and frequent humor--Sigourney Weaver is an arrogant, deliciously evil villain--and also a good look at what women's career paths were like in the 1980s. Those horrible little bow ties; the big hair; the overt "sleep with me & you'll get a job" experiences (with a hilarious response from Melanie Griffith, who plays Tess). On a serious note, this film surfaces class levels in the U.S. While not as ossified as say, the U.K. or other cultures, it's there. Americans like to pretend it's not. :-) You wind up rooting for Tess as she carefully practices acquiring the right "voice" and attitude. Cleverly crafted ending...and who knew Twinkies from Harrison Ford (who plays the love interest of both women) could be such a romantic gift?

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lukasevansherman
Apr 16, 2015

"I've got a head for business and a bod for sin."
One comment says "classic seventies," but this came out in 1988. OK. Brings together romantic comedy with women in the workplace ("Baby Boom") and a Wall St. setting ("Wall Street"). It's hard to believe there was a time when the pneumatic Melanie Griffith was considered a good actress. Luckily, Sigourney Weaver and Harrison Ford are in it. And, in very small parts, Kevin Spacey, Nora Dunn, and David Duchovny. Alec Baldwin is skeezy as her skeezy boyfriend. It's all very 80s and a kinda fun time capsule, but it's hardly a very good movie. Sigourney Weaver was nominated for both this and "Gorillas in the Mist," which came out the same year. Poorly directed by Mike Nichols ("The Graduate"). Songs by Carly Simon.

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mswrite
Oct 16, 2014

1988's "Working Girl" may well be Melanie Griffith's finest hour: her Tess McGill is sweet, sexy, funny and determined as a secretary who wants more from life than her present circumstances and boorish, unfaithful boyfriend Mick (Alec Baldwin) can offer.

When her sophisticated new boss and "mentor" Katherine (played with haughty relish by Sigourney Weaver) breaks her leg skiing and is laid up for a few weeks, the plucky Tess sees her chance and grabs for it, winning along the way Katherine's boyfriend, Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford at his dashing, post-Indiana Jones/Han Solo best). There are nice supporting turns as well by Joan Cusack as Tess's girlhood pal, and Kevin Spacey in a tiny role as a slime-ball named Bob, a guy with whom you never want to ride in the back of a limousine.

Add to this director Mike Nichols's expert pacing and the rousing, infectious theme song by Carly Simon, "Let The River Run," and you have one of the great date movies of the 1980s. Highly recommended.

d2013 Dec 21, 2013

Although I haven't seen all of her movies, Melanie Griffith is a great actress. This one is no exception. Funny and quite enjoyable!

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HerNoseInABookGal
Nov 08, 2010

Classic seventies. The hair, makeup and costumes make this worth a peak if you want to see what women wore in the seventies and early eighties. A very funny but real portrayal of why women hate being secretaries. Melanie Griffith and Ms. Weaver shine in the prime of their youth.

nadian Jul 05, 2008

Sweet and funny! Enjoyable to watch.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“Never burn bridges. Today's junior prick, tomorrow's senior partner.”

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“You're like one of those crazy cops, aren't you? That no one wants to ride with! Whose partners all end up dead or crazy!”

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn't make me Madonna. Never will.”

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britprincess1
Apr 11, 2011

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nadian Jul 05, 2008

Coarse Language: Innapropriate language used throughout.

nadian Jul 05, 2008

Sexual Content: Many scenes involving sexual activities.

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