You know you've had a boss like this. Someone who stole your ideas, used you to advance their career, and did everything to keep you from getting the credit you deserve. I think of him every time I watch this movie, and although he got his come-uppance, as such people usually do, this one is still more satisfying.Griffith is a little annoying as the giggly secretary with ambition, but it works. Weaver is the greatest comedic villain since Cruella DeVil. You know she's going to fall, and she does in more ways than one. While she's mending broken bones from a ski trip, her secretary <more>
finds a memo capitalizing on her idea the boss had pooh-poohed as a "secretary's notion."In her boss's absence, Tess Griffith uses her boss's name, her office, her home, even her clothes, to break into the rarefied New York mergers and acquisitions world. She even falls for the boss's boyfriend.Alas, the boss is a fast healer and comes home early. She finds an entry in her secretary's day planner, and it hits the fan.It's hard to believe this gem was written by the same writer who inflicted Meet Joe Black on us, but we can forgive him. Harrison Ford is at the top of his game as the boyfriend, but Joan Cusack almost walks away with this one, as usual. Joan is the best comedic supporting actress around. Weaver has one of the the greatest one-liners of all time. When asked if she's sure her boyfriend will propose, she says "We're in the same city now. I've indicated I'm receptive to an offer. I've cleared the month of June. And I am, after all, me." The go-go 80's may be long gone, along with the power suits, the BIG hair, the Perrier, and the bull market, but this hilarious and heartwarming comedy still works without relying on nostalgia or sentiment!
It's up there with any of screwball comedies of the 30s... Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur, Margaret Sullivan. a modern classic...and that's not hyperbole!I've been watching this movie every now and again for almost 20 years ye gads! , and it's always entertaining. Tonight, I noticed how effective and subtle an actress Melanie Griffith can be when she's directed well. She's a real jewel in this film. Sweet, sexy, smart with a "brain for business and a bod for sin". Mike Nichols clearly loved filming her. Her expressions are priceless. Watch for the wonderful <more>
scene when Harrison Ford and she are walking to the elevator and he's asking her out. That face of hers as the elevator doors close is just heavenly. That's Mike Nichols craft/artistry.Sigourney Weaver also does a masterful job as a two-faced shark business woman. What's so wonderful about her character, the writing, is that Katherine doesn't have a conscience. She's crafty and slick and manipulative, but she's not out to hurt anyone, just put herself first. It's too bad if anyone get's in her way. She's not nasty, but there is no question that she is the most important person in the universe. It's interesting, too, how her duplicity is reflected in her wardrobe. Most of the professional women in the movie are dressed in ultra-conservative boxy business attire, but Katherine/Sigourney dresses sophisticatedly and elegantly. She knows how to play both sides, the professional yet still sexy professional. She's so powerful in herself that she doesn't feel like she has to dress like a man just because she's in a male- dominated career mergers/acquisitions . yes, she's a monster/ogre, but as she states, "This is BUSINESS".Harrison Ford is his usual witty, slightly befuddled nice guy. He's the James Stewart of the baby boomer generation.Joan Cusack is a phenomenon with her iridescent eye-shadow and Bozo hairdo. I think has the funniest line in the movie-a warning to Tess: "You know, sometimes I sing and dance around the apartment in my underwear. Doesn't make me Madonna....never will". that's rich.Look for Ricki Lake at the wedding.I put this movie in the same category as Moonstruck, Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine. Transformation movies. I suppose you could call them modern day Cinderella Stories, but it's more about the women saving themselves as opposed to waiting for Prince Charming.It's a pleasure to see this movie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
One of my favorite comedies is sweet and funny. (by obi-3)
How can you go wrong with this delightful comedy? Besides having a great cast headed by Melanie Griffith, there's Harrison Ford in one of the rare romantic comedies that suits his talents , Sigourney Weaver and wonderful Joan Cusack. And Olympia Dukakis, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey are in it too don't blink ! A great musical score and Oscar winning song by Carly Simon, all directed by Mike Nichols, I give this two thumbs up, and a 10!
Coffee, Tea, Me? (by Boyo-2)
With a cast that includes Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt and Kevin Spacey, its a minor miracle Joan Cusack got any attention at all. But she did get attention, and a well-deserved Oscar nomination. She is completely hysterical and is one of the best reasons to see this fairy tale set against the big bad world of Wall Street. Her best scene is when she masquerades as Melanie's secretary and makes an offer to Harrison "Coffee, Tea, Me"?
Mike Nichols returns--nearly--to the heights the attained with The Graduate (by rsmith-52)
For anyone who worked and lived in Manhattan in the 1980's, Working Girl is a tour de force about that time and place. From the infamous 'big hair' worn by Joan Cusack, who was absolutely fantastic and deserved the Oscar, to the pompous, greedy and decadent denizens of the Wall Street investment banking culture, the movie skewers so much so well. Though it does not attain the status of visual equivalence with Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities--what could--Working Girl does poke great fun and nail not only the culture, trends, and fashion from the 'Decade of Greed' <more>
but even the caricatures of such.One of the few criticisms of the movie that I've read concerned the casting of Harrison Ford as the investment banker. Though he wasn't as bad as some opined--he brought a certain teddy bear-ish charm to the character--he was miscast. He didn't hurt the movie but he would have been the last person I would have tested for the role. He did some strange thing with his accent that too often had me wondering if it was an affectation he brought to the character or a canker sore he was suffering from at the time. In either case, it was distracting and, if a choice, didn't work.The movie needs to be seen and Joan Cusack alone makes it worth the ride.
Working Girl Works Its Way into Your Heart ***1/2 (by edwagreen)
Very good film about a young lady, going to night school to get her degree, and further understanding a business career. Melanie Griffith is absolutely delightful in the lead role as that girl. She sees that along the way, you need a push to get ahead and also be at the right places at the right time under the correct circumstances with the people in the know. She also sees a tyrannical boss Sigourney Weaver who will take advantage of you and even borrow your great ideas to accomplish her own goals.Harrison Ford is great as the man in the corporate world, who also is attached to the Weaver <more>
character. Philip Bosco is the big boss you want to please and Alec Baldwin, so young and thin, represents the life Griffith wants to get away from.The wonderful film is almost a more serious "How to Succeed" type of picture. Griffith and Weaver were nominated for Oscars as best actress and supporting actress, respectively.
Wonderful, fun, feel good comeuppance tale (by roghache)
This is a fabulous movie. Maybe not rocket science, but clever enough! It has an engaging plot, an extremely empathetic heroine, a villainous boss, a cheatin' boyfriend, and a handsome new love interest just stepping into the picture. Get your popcorn ready for the comeuppance story of a lifetime.The tale revolves around a smart secretary named Tess McGill, who wants to get ahead in the Big Apple but is beaten down by her nasty boss, Katherine, who steals her ideas and passes them off as her own. Fortune smiles on Tess when Katherine breaks her leg during a skiing holiday and Tess is able <more>
to 'take charge'...that is, until her boss, who recovers all too quickly, returns. Of course there is also a romance brewing here in the form of a handsome investment banker named Jack Trainer, who just happens to be her boss's boyfriend.Harrison Ford is his typical dashing, magnetic self in the role of Jack Trainer, but it is the two ladies that make this movie. Signourey Weaver is absolutely villainous as an employee's 'worst nightmare' boss, a lady no, not a lady high up the corporate ladder, but lacking any semblance of integrity or kindness toward anyone below her in that ladder. You will be itching to see this nasty snob get her comeuppance.Above all, Melanie Griffith is brilliant in the role of Tess, every viewer's favorite downtrodden secretary. She's a woman with all the intelligence and skills needed to succeed in the corporate world, but is ill used by those above her who put her down. Many employees out there will identify with Tess, having at some point in their lives been ill treated by a boss, whether male or female, with at least shades of Katherine. Furthermore, Tess will surely gain viewer sympathy regarding her unfortunate experiences with her sleazy live in lover, Mick.The scene featuring the Staten Island ferry is beautifully done, accompanied as it is by Carly Simon's wonderful Oscar winning song, 'Let the River Run'. What an amazing voice! This is really a fantastic, fun movie. You can't help but love it.
Career Women with Big Ideas and Even Bigger Hair (by evanston_dad)
A pure fantasy served up by Mike Nichols, but a vastly entertaining one.Melanie Griffith is the secretary with massive hair who pretends to be a corporate business woman when her boss is layed up with a broken leg. The catch is, she finds out she's pretty good at it, and things get complicated when she ends up spearheading a business deal and falling in love with her key partner Harrison Ford , all the while trying to keep what she's doing from her boss Sigourney Weaver . It's the kind of movie that could just as easily have been made as a screwball comedy in the 1940s, perhaps <more>
with Barbara Stanwyck in the lead role.The film is a classic in its own small way, one of the best comedies to emerge from the 1980s. Griffith is matched well with her role, so her limitations as an actress don't draw too much attention to themselves. But it's Weaver who steals the show as Griffith's imperious boss. She's a riot as a confident and powerful career woman from hell. And Joan Cusack steals a few scenes of her own as Griffith's best friend and fellow secretary, who sports hair as big as Griffith's and a Joisy accent to boot.Nichols knows how to direct a comedy so that the funny bits speak for themselves.Grade: A
The three stars, plus solid direction from Mike Nichols and a terrific supporting cast, put this one over. Harrison Ford is endearingly goofy and Sigourney Weaver is a classic bitch-on-wheels. In the title role, Melanie Griffith wins you over with a charming if a bit uneven performance. The script is serviceable but could use more snap and wit. Sights and scenes of the World Trade Center add retrospective poignancy. An engaging--if not completely top drawer--romantic comedy.