9 to 5 (1980)

9 to 5“What are you, a man or a mouse? I mean, a woman or a wouse? ” – Violet

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (cable in the 80’s, 20 May 2008 and 23 May 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Three co-workers think of a scheme to get back at their weasal of a boss.

My Take on it – This is a film I saw quite often on cable back in the 80’s and the song became so iconic for me that even 36 years after it came out, I still hum the song when I’m working during those hours. 🙂

Rewatching it now definitely gives me a new perspective to it all and I can easily identify with many of the workplace issues that they deal with here.

Some of the antics in this film are very un-PC and I’d be quite surprised if it would be possible to make a movie like this today.

The casting of Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin and Dolly Parton as the trio of co-workers was a great one because they have such great chemistry and camaraderie together.

Dabney Coleman perfected the role of the mean guy in these kind of movies and is extremely memorable here as their bad boss.

This movie was done extremely well and although it’s considered a revenge flick, their are lots of workplace messages and lessons to be gleaned from it.

Here’s the Oscar Nominated theme song for those unfamiliar with it:


Bottom Line – Fun movie that probably couldn’t be made today in the PC world we live in. Fonda, Tomlin and Parton are all great together. Coleman is the most memorable of the cast as he does a great job playing the boss.  Excellent theme song. Despite it being a revenge flick, there are lots of work etiquette messages scattered throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dolly Parton accepted the role with the condition that she would write and sing the movie introductory theme song, a deal which worked out great for everybody when 9 To 5’s theme song was nominated for an Academy Award. This deal has continued almost continuously in almost all of Parton’s starring movies. The only film that refused her music & lyrics was Steel Magnolias (1989), which declined to use the Parton penned song “Eagle When She Flies” in the movie.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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6 thoughts on “9 to 5 (1980)

  1. I like this film. It’s a live-action cartoon with wonky gender politics. I love Parton here too, although I felt things getting stretched around the 45-min mark. Kind of fizzles out for me, but I can feel and appreciate the love.


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  3. “Some of the antics in this film are very un-PC and I’d be quite surprised if it would be possible to make a movie like this today.” — Seriously dude? this is a movie with Dolly Parton in it. The prude that she is, I’m surprised movies like this even exist. She is the absolute worst.

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