Working Girl is a 1988 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols and stars Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. The film follows Tess McGill, a working class girl from Staten Island with a bachelor’s degree in business. She works as a stockbroker’s secretary, aspiring to be an executive. Tess, despite being smart, is treated like floozie by her male coworkers and her boss.
This film is one about female empowerment, rising above mistreatment and standing up for yourself. It’s a Cinderella, only instead of this “Cinderella” waiting around for someone to save her, she saves herself and proves she is a strong, independent, smart woman. She finds love in an unexpected place, after quitting the job as a secretary and beginning a job at a radio station. She goes through many ups and downs until finds her true calling as her own boss with her own secretary, but she is no ordinary boss, she is one that treats all workers at her company with the respect and friendliness they deserve.
This film is inspiring in the way it shows you how to not give up, believe in yourself, stand up for yourself (and others), not let others bring you down and to work hard to achieve your dreams. It shows how to stop taking “No” as an answer and how hard work, self determination and being yourself can help you get further in life. It also shows that sometimes you have to take what you really don’t want to get what you really want. You have to start from the bottom and work your way up.
This film shows that love and success can come at unexpected times. This is a film filled with inspiration, drama, a bit of comedy and heart. The acting is superb from all of it’s leading stars. The character of Tess McGill was created so fantastically with her overdone teased up big hair, her short skirts, hose, sneakers and socks to her professional look of blazers, skirts and slacks. She is a character that has gone down as being one of the most iconic in film history and not just for fashion but her personality and being a feminist icon that females today can be inspired by her.
This is one of the best 80’s films of I’ve seen and possibly one of the best rom-coms of all time. With it’s infamous story of empowerment, fashion and theme song “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon, it is one that can be watched over and over and motivate you to take the good with the bad, not let others bring you down and to never give up. A bit slow at times and some characters aren’t focused on enough, but still this is a great movie with a great message. 18+ 4/5
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The radio broadcasting subplot of this is well-researched and accurate.