9 to 5: Living for 80’s women’s comedies


During the somewhat interesting life this column has led, I’ve featured some movies that it seem have come right out of left field. I pride myself on the fact that I have a diverse pallet when it comes to films, but todays featured movie may be the biggest shocker I have ever placed in front of you.

If you’ve read even a few of my articles before, you know I have a love for sci-fi, but something I bet you didn’t know is that I have an equal love for 80’s comedies that center around women’s movements. Weird, I know, but here me out.

Plain and simple, they just don’t make movies like they use to. What makes these female heavy comedies so great is the simple formula they are built around.

Step one. Pick a politically charged topic, i.e. Workplace sexual harassment

Step two. Assemble an ensemble cast made up of big stars to be your hero’s.

Step three. Get Dabney Coleman to be in your movie to play the male chauvinist.

And that should pretty much do it. Once those criteria are met, you’ve got a work of art in your hands. Such is the case with the movie, “9 to 5.”

Starring Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin, and Dolly Parton (yes, big hair, big voice, big something else Dolly Parton), “9 to 5” follows the story of three business professional women trying to make their way through the male driven world corporations. Constantly put down, harassed, and belittled, the three are tormented to no end by their boss Franklin Hart, played by Dabney Coleman. The tides however turn quickly when Violet (Tomlin) accidentally “poison” Hart. Fearing jail, or worse, being fired, the three women decide they must take action quickly by kidnapping, and holding hostage their boss.

The movie, albeit seems a little silly, but the story is if nothing less than original. Jane Fonda is as beautiful and as talented as you’ll ever see her, and Lilly Tomlin provides the perfect balance of feminism and strength required for her role. Dolly Parton isn’t half bad either believe it or not. It may have been stereotypical casting to put her in the role of the “hot” secretary, but she really does play it well.

If nothing else, watch the movie for a good laugh. The humor is timeless and the overreaching theme of treating each other with respect is still a valuable lesson to learn.

Then again, if respect doesn’t work, you could always just tie up the person who’s harassing you and hold them hostage.