9 to 5 is a classic 1980’s film that addresses the issues women with which women were dealing, and continue to deal with, during the early 80’s. Despite the movies activist foundation, it is not written, acted, or directed like an “in-your-face” movie like An Inconvenient Truth or a Michael Moore mockumentary. 9 to 5 is a comedy from beginning to end.
9 to 5 was released December 19, 2008. The screenplay was written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins. The movie was directed by Colin Higgins.
Three talented women; Lily Tomlin (Violet Newstead), Jane Fonda (Judy Bernly), and Dolly Parton (Doralee Rhodes); worked with chemistry and authenticity in the starring roles. Dabney Coleman (Franklin M Hart, Jr) played a co-starring role as the boss of the diverse trio of women who worked for him at various levels at a large corporation, Consolidated.
Hart is an egotistical chauvinist who, despite being married, is constantly on the prowl for his secretary Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton). Meanwhile, Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), his overworked secretary, runs the division for him, only for Hart to take all the credit for positive results and blame her for every glitch in the office. The more Violet works to keep the office running smoothly, the more obstacles Hart seems to throw her way. 9 to 5 picks up when Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) is hired for her first job and placed under the supervision of Violet.
Judy’s bumbling mistakes are endless. Hart’s sexual harassment of Doralee and personal disregard for Violet is nonstop. The straw that breaks and bonds the three ladies is when Doralee finally gets wind that Hart has told everyone she is sleeping with him, when she has done nothing but rebuff every come-on.
Once the women get together for a little relaxation and end up talking about their fantasies of killing the boss, an accident leads them to believe he is dead. Violet thinks she is responsible for the death. The women, fueled by guilt, begin a series of comedic episodes including stealing a corpse, kidnapping their boss when they discover he didn’t die, and taking over his office while they investigate suspicions of Hart’s illegal activity.
9 to 5 is an unpredictable comedy that addresses important social issues. This 1980’s classic is easily one of my favorite movies of all time. It is well directed, however, after several viewings you’ll begin to find amateur cutting room errors, such as the overhead mic falling into the screenshot two different times.
9 to 5 is a perfect movie for a girls night out. Most women can relate to one of the three women in one way or another, either in the men’s world of work or the treatment of women as lesser than equal in any aspect of life. Even if you don’t get engaged by the message, it is just a fun, funny, enjoyable movie.
The movie is rated PG, but mature themes makes this inappropriate for children and young teens.
I give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars, for a few lame moments and cutting room mistakes. It is definitely a laugh-out-loud film. Watch it when you need a pick-me-up. You will laugh.
9 to 5 can be purchased new on DVD from Amazon for $7.99. Used prices began at $5.88.
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