Blog #4 9 to 5 Film Review Bev Ball
Featuring; Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dabney Coleman
9 To 5
Three fed-up secretaries kidnap their sexist boss and force him to authorize office improvements.
This film is about a friendship between three women who work in the office of a large corporation. Their boss played by Dabney Coleman is an egotistical sexist.
He is constantly sexually harassing the women and takes credit for their ideas.
The women after a long day meet up and commiserate about their boss and the next day some of their fantasies seem to be happening when they falsely believe they accidentally killed the boss. In the end their boss is sent to Brazil on an assignment and Violet takes over as vice president and their boss is kidnapped by natives and never heard from again.
This film depicts how women are treated and what harassment they are forced to endure every day. It portrays the women as smart but unable to move up the ladder into “The old boys club”. It is definitely not what I would consider a feminist film even thought they do seem to triumph in the end.
I personally found this film to be entertaining, enjoyable and funny. Every thing is so exaggerated it almost seems ridiculous but I can now see this film in a new and different way then when I saw it years ago. It really does show how exploited women are in the work place.
I would say that humor was well used in this film to show the typical stereotype of women working and trying to succeed and be promoted in a corporation that is set up for males to succeed to upper level positions.
youtube.com/watch?v=jqiwEAfCJ74 This is a great short trailer from the film