Working Girl Reviews
So apart from the (unrealistic) ending, a somewhat enjoyable rags-to-riches tale. Entertaining, though won't be on any lists of great films...
Written by: Kevin Wade
Dir: Mike Nichols (The Graduate)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey in cameo
Film received multiple Academy Awards nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Melanie), Best Supporting Actress (Sigourney Weaver - Joan Cusack) and a win for Best Song 'Let the River Run' by Carly Simon. Film grossed $103 million worldwide.
Tess (Melanie) is aspiring and ambitious secretary with arrogant head like Sigourney Weaver - Melanie dreams about becoming executive broker, while romancing with Ford who has been dating her boss.
Frankly speaking, I did not find Weaver too villainous her actions that at the end of the film she is purposelessly humiliated and insulted without any actual basis except that she does not possess the original idea. And Melanie who done unacceptable things like impersonating as Sigourney the boss of the merger could get away with the idea and being the favorite of all. I kinda went crazy laughing when I heard Melanie calling Weaver 'liar' at the near-end (although she kept lying herself to Ford for much of the film to be head of Merger).
I did like the film but the ending made it all spoil the fun the way Weaver was treated by the director - believe me she done nothing sinister that she deserved that kind of humiliation.
This inspiring and amazing movie is about Tess (Griffith), a New Jersey girl who wants to make it big in the Big Apple with her well-deserved degree from five years of night school. She has been an assistant for sometime and she gets a new job assisting Katherine (Sigourney Weaver) in a major company. When Katherine, who is quite the bitch, gets into a skiing accident, Tess gets the chance to be the girl on top when she takes over Katherine's position and she gets to propose all her amazing ideas she wouldn't normally be able to propose as a secretary.
She meets Jack (a yummy Harrison Ford) and they become partners in a major merger deal Tess comes up with. Tess then finds out Jack is Katherine's boyfriend but he plans on breaking it off with her to be with Tess. Then Katherine comes home on crutches and the truth is revealed about Tess.
This film is such a great 80s business film for women. The ending is so happy. I really enjoyed this movie. I should see more Melanie Griffith movies. I never really knew her as an actress.
She gave an amazing performance in this and so did Sigourney Weaver. I am totally surprised by Joan Cusack's nomination. I love her but I don't think she deserved an Oscar nomination. She was just the cookie cutter best friend in this and nothing special. She also looked totally ratchet in all that 80s style hair and makeup. I wonder what she thinks when she see's herself like that.
Working Girl, I give you an 80%.
The only thing dragging it down is that Melanie Griffith's acting is pretty stale.
Solid performance from Melanie Griffith in the lead role. Signourney Weaver, especially, and Harrison Ford outperform Griffith though. Decent support performances from Joan Cusack and Alec Baldwin. Interesting to note that the cast includes Kevin Spacey, Olympia Dukakis and Oliver Platt in minor roles and David Duchovny in a very minor, fleeting, role.