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With a nod to Preston Sturges's classic dark comedy Unfaithfully Yours (about a man who fantasizes about murdering his possibly philandering wife), this 1980 cotton-candy-feminist-vendetta film concerns a monstrous boss (Dabney Coleman) whose more capable underlings dream of ways of punishing him. That much of the film is particularly fun, but the rest of it descends into silliness when the women stumble onto a real-life opportunity to teach him a lesson. Fonda, the biggest star in the film at the time, takes a back seat to Parton's and Tomlin's showier roles. Written and directed by the late Colin Higgins (who made a lot of people happy in the '70s with his script for the beloved Harold and Maude). --Tom Keogh
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Parents of younger kids should note that this film was given it's PG rating in 1980, before the PG-13 rating was developed in 1984. I'm certain that if released today, it would be rated PG-13 for language, mild/fantasy violence, mild drug use, and possibly adult themes. Still an excellent film for teens and adults!
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton are all co-workers I would love to have! Despite "times having changed" since the premise of this movie this is still very real in many industries of work! A light-hearted way to bring to the big screen many issues that women have to deal with in the workplace. Empowering through a comedy is wonderful. These three goddesses of the screen really mesh well with their chemistry in this movie!
The problem for Lili, is that her fantasy has become a reality when she mistakes a package of rat poison for a box of sweetener and brings a cup of poisoned coffee to her boss. He doesn't drink it, but his chair gives way and he hit his head and was hospital bound. None of the three realized that he wasn't poisoned so they drive to the hospital to snatch the body, thinking it is their boss. When they find that it isn't they put it back and believe their troubles are behind them, only to discover that the boss learned about what happened and is planning to use that information to his own nefarious ends before he finally has them jailed. to prevent it, they take him captive at gunpoint while they try to figure a way to keep him quiet.
In the meantime, they start to realize their own power and make changes to improve everything in his name, What happens after is a comedic ending that has to be seen..
A must-have for your collection which should also include "The First Wives Club", "Steel Magnolias", and "Thelma & Louise".
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