Working Girl (1988)


Starring: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Kevin Spacey, Olympia Dukakis

Director: Mike Nichols

Summary: An ambitious secretary climbs up the corporate ladder by taking over when her boss breaks her leg

Other Nominations: Director, Actress (Griffith), Supporting Actress (Cusack), Supporting Actress (Weaver), Original Song (“Let the River Run”)*

Good rom-com-dram about the difficulties of women trying to climb the corporate ladder in the (even more in the 80s) male-dominated corporate ladder. The basic plot feels like something out of a 40s screwball comedy, it’s just played a little more serious. The screenplay works really well from a structural level-every scene feels like it’s necessary, either moving the plot forward or telling us more about the characters and the world/culture they inhabit; the only downside is that everything plays out exactly how you expect 95% of the time. The cast is strong (although Platt, Spacey and Dukakis all only have one-scene roles, with Spacey’s being particularly memorable), and Griffith gives what is almost certainly the best performance of her career. She really makes great use of her voice and speaking style to indicate where her character is at in a given scene and is wonderfully likeable throughout. While there’s nothing truly exceptional here, this was a very easy and enjoyable watch.

Rating: B


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