Working Girl  [DVD]
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Clever secretary Tess (Melanie Griffith) is constantly frustrated in her attempts to become an executive broker; even her new female boss (Sigourney Weaver) steals her ideas and takes the credit. When the tyrannical boss breaks her leg skiing Tess is left in charge of the office and the canny working girl takes over her boss' portfolio, wardrobe (and boyfriend) with excellent results - until a vengeful Weaver returns. With Harrison Ford.
In the ensuing years since Working Girl was released, Harrison Ford has never given such a charming and witty performance, Sigourney Weaver hasnt been given quite the same kind of scenery-chewing role, and Melanie Griffith simply hasnt got near doing anything this good again. And yet in Mike Nichols excellent romantic comedy, they all gel in a film with eminent rewatch value.
The premise is fairly simple. Griffiths lowly secretary gets a job with Weavers megabitch boss. The former is unhappy at home and work, while the latter is unscrupulous and underhand, and happy to pass off one of Griffiths good ideas as her own. Yet when Weavers character is incapacitated, in steps Griffith, who quickly attracts the professional and personal attention of Ford, as she attempts to navigate her way to the top--until Weaver reappears on the scene
In lesser hands, all this could become routine Hollywood nonsense, yet here it really clicks. Griffith effectively brokered her career off the back of her performance here, yet all three leads are in fine form, with a strong supporting cast and a delicious script to fall back on. Elements have certainly dated, and the world in many ways has moved on, yet theres still plenty of room in it for films as good as this one.--Jon Foster
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Truly a Pretty Woman for the 80's, this film has big hair, big earrings and big ambition. Special mention must go to Joan Cusack, wonderful as the best friend torn between supporting Tess' dreams and reminding her to keep her feet on the ground:
"Sometimes I sing and dance around in my underwear..It doesn't make me Madonna. Never will."
Harrison Ford plays to type as the decent guy, who undresses the very drunk Tess to avoid damaging her $6000 gown when she gets into bed, reassuring her: "I kept my eyes closed the whole time"
This film has uplifting music, a Cinderella-esque storyline and some great views of New York. Get your girlfriends round, grab some chocs and sing along with Carly Simon. Go on, I dare you to be in a crowd of commuters and not imagine for one minute that you are Tess...
Though she isn't as qualified as her ivy league peers, she is just as astute, if not smarter. By playing her own little game, she starts to get noticed to the detriment of her crocked boss. It works but only just..and the Working Girl becomes the Working Boss. I remember a scene where Harrison is on the phone whilst simultaneously trying to remove his shirt...Classic !!! Also the classic tune, Let the River Run.
Who couldn't fall in love with Melanie Griffith's character? Then Harrison Ford actually doing some acting! And Sigourney Weaver as the bitch. It's too good! Intelligent direction - a postmodern ending. What's going on?
Entertainment with a brain and a heart. Mamma Mia? Pah!
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this is not the great film people are making it out to be, what you have is a run of the mill rom com/drama from the 80'sPublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer