In a previous post about the movie Grandma, I wrote’Lily Tomlin, what more is there to say?’ Well, when Ms. Tomlin is working with Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton on a movie, you can bet your 80’s lovin’ self there’s going to be a bit more.
9 to 5 follows the three ladies through hijinks and hilarity as they come together to overthrow their “sexist, egotistical, lying hypocritical bigot” of a boss.
What I enjoyed most about this movie– besides it’s 80’s workplace attire — is the way it portrays women coming together towards a common cause (even if it is totally goofy at times– also part of what I enjoyed). It’s been said before that women often feel a need to compete against one another in the workplace (among other settings). In the beginning of the movie, the women are at odds, until anger at their boss brings them together (alcohol and marijuana might also help that cause).
Tina Fey pointed out in Bossypants that we aren’t competing against other women, we are competing against everybody. 9 to 5 showcases this: Tomlin’s character vies for a promotion that is ultimately given to a co-worker because, she is told, “they needed a man.” We know this still happens today, and so it’s both refreshing and frustrating to see the parallels with today’s workplace culture. Rebecca Shaw of The Toast came up with some hilarious taglines inspired by the movie you can read here.
In addition to feminism, the movie does a great job of showcasing Tomlin, Fonda, and Parton’s humor. Go check it out for a dose of laugh and 80’s nostalgia.