Working Girl (1988)

working girl“Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will.” -Cyn

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s and 7 Apr 2016)

Brief Synopsis – An executive secretary trying to move up the corporate ladder takes on the identity of her new boss when she has a skiing accident and is stuck in bed.

My Take on it – This is a great example of a movie with a cast that seem on the surface to be wrong for their roles, but they ultimately succeed beyond what everyone would think.

Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith are not the first names of actors that one would want to place in a movie about corporate dealings, but nevertheless, they each shine so well in their roles here.

The message about trying to keep your integrity intact while dealing with big corporate deals is a great one and works extremely well here.

Watching this, I was reminded about how 80’s this film really is from fashion, hair styles, computers and even boos-employees relations.

This movie has some great scenes that highlight the deacde it represents and it made me very nostalgic for those days of old.

This film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Griffith), 2 Best Supporting Actresses (Weaver and Joan Cusack) and Best Original Song (which it won)

It also won the Golden Globe for best Comedy, Best Actress, Supporting Actress (Weaver) and Song and lost Director and Screenplay.

The theme song of this film is Let the River Run by Carly Simon and it works beautifully here.

This song went on to win Best Song at the Oscars that year and beat The Phil Collins sing Two Hearts an the Song from Bagdad Cafe called Calling You.

Here’s that great song by Carly Simon:

Bottom Line – Very good movie about climbing the corporate ladder but trying to keep your integrity intact.  All three leads are great despite all of them not normally fitting in with these kind of roles. Has some great scenes that are extremely funny because it shows how 80’s this all was.  Excellent music by Carly Simon that was able to even win the Oscar for Best Song. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Petty Marsh (where Melanie and Sigourney worked) lobby scenes were filmed in the lobby of 7 World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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