9 to 5
Dir. Colin Higgins. USA, 1980, 109 mins. DCP. With Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman. This galvanizing workplace comedy kicked off the eighties with an unapologetically feminist bang. Today it still feels wildly progressive. When mousy Judy Bernly (a cast-against-type Fonda) lands a secretarial job after a divorce, she is thrust into an office environment typified by grotesque misogyny. She and two mistreated coworkers, Violet (Tomlin) and Doralee (Parton, delightful in her first film), team up to exact vengeance on their venal, sexist boss, Frank (an oily Coleman). From a story and script by Patricia Resnick that originated in personal research Fonda did on the grassroots 9to5 women’s movement of the seventies, this classic is as riotous as ever, coasting on the charms of its brilliant trio of stars.