9 to 5
Special Edition, Sexist, Egotistical, Lying Hypocritical Bigot Edition
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Three fed-up secretaries kidnap their sexist boss and force him to authorize office improvements.
What's on the "Sexist, Egotistical, Lying Hypocritical Bigot Edition" DVD of one of the more enduring comedies of the 1980s? The cast were obviously delighted for the opportunity to travel down memory lane, providing a commentary. Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin recorded their bits in one city while Jane Fonda recorded hers simultaneously in another city, as they watched the movie again together. The three leads--one, Parton, a rookie actress--made for a well-balanced comedic team whose friendship has endured off-screen for 25 years, a friendship that comes across in their banter. A "Nine At 25" featurette finds the cast and producer dishing such tidbits as the fact Parton came to the set having memorized the entire script, everyone else's parts included. A "9 to 5" karaoke feature may entertain depending on how many drinks one has had at the office party, but the words don't always seem in sync with the music.
To celebrate the release of this edition of 9 to 5, the cast, sans Dabney Coleman, reunited in Los Angeles for a party in which Dolly sang the theme song, memories were shared, and actresses dressed as '80s office workers acted busy in cubicles and reception desks.
The Cast of 9 to 5 Celebrate 25 Years of Sticking It to the Boss (click for larger image)
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Having seen this movie when it first debuted, I still find myself loving it and it most assuredly has stood the test of time!
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!
Executive producer and top-billed star Jane Fonda gives herself the least interesting of the three main roles. Fonda plays Judy Bernly, a rather mousy, nondescript woman who is re-entering the workplace after a recent divorce. By contrast, Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin) has been with Consolidated Corporation for twelve years and is constantly being passed over for promotion due to male-chauvanist prejudices. Friendly Doralee (Dolly Parton) has to endure harassment from Mr. Hart on a daily basis. The three eventually bond and fantasize about bumping off their boss. Tomlin's fantasy, based on Walt Disney's "Snow White," is especially inspired. The plot turns wildly wacky when Violet mistakenly thinks she has killed Hart, by putting rat poison into his coffee. This leads to an extended car chase/comedy sequence involving a dead body stolen from the hospital. Tomlin's comic hysteria is priceless. "I murdered the boss," she wails, "Do you think they're not going to throw me in prison for something like that?" Mr. Hart does intend to throw the three ladies in prison for attempted murder; forcing them to, literally, tie Hart up and take charge of the office.
Dabney Coleman is wonderful as Mr. Hart. Given the wacky turns of the plot, Hart could have easily come across as a cartoonish scoundral. Hart is a hateful boss, certainly. But as played by Coleman, he is a boss the audience loves to hate. Elizabeth Wilson has a memorable supporting role as Roz, who is secretly in love with Hart and functions as his "snitch."
The film truly belongs to Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton. I can't praise Lily Tomlin's comedy skills highly enough. And Dolly Parton (in her film debut) has a natural, relaxed camera presence. She probably played Doralee as an extention of her own charming personality. But it is a shame that Parton's subsequent movie roles were never as good, or as fun, as "9 To 5." Parton also wrote and performed the film's irresistably catchy and Academy Award nominated title song. Appropriately, the mult-talented Parton wrote all the music and lyrics for the 2009 musical stage adaptation of "9 To 5"; for which she received a Tony Award nomination. The DVD Extras include a hilarious gag reel, deleted scenes, the original pre-release theatrical trailer, featurettes, and a giggly Audio commentary from Tomlin, Parton, Fonda, and producer Bruce Gilbert; who all clearly admire and miss their beloved director Colin Higgins.
I saw this years ago and enjoyed it. Not particularly for the three leading female stars, Fonda, Tomlin and Parton, sorry 'Dolly fans' but she isn't the best actor in the world, not that she needed to be in this movie as it is very much a light weight piece. But! Having said that I should point out it doesn't claim to be anything else, it isn't 'War and Peace'. This is a fun movie which manages to cover the serious subject of misogyny in the work place in a light hearted way. Should it be this light hearted? That's for you to decide. I have to say for me the highlight of the movie is Dabney Coleman who always a pleasure to watch in any movie. In this case as the sleazy misogynistic boss.