Working Girl

1988

Working Girl

Critics Consensus

A buoyant corporate Cinderella story, Working Girl has the right cast, right story, and right director to make it all come together.

85%

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67%

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User Ratings: 33,559
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Unhappy with her job and her loser boyfriend, Melanie Griffith takes a secretarial post at a major Wall Street firm. Her boss is Sigourney Weaver, an outwardly affable yuppie whose grinning visage hides a wicked and larcenous propensity for exploiting the ideas of her employees. While Weaver is incapacitated, Griffith is compelled by circumstances to pose as her boss. Her inborn business acumen and common sense enable Griffith to rise to the top of New York's financial circles, and along the way she wins the love of executive (Harrison Ford). Things threaten to take a sorry turn when Weaver returns, but it is she who suffers from the consequences of her own past duplicity. Working Girl was Melanie Griffith's breakthrough film, proving than she was more than just the off-and-on "significant other" of Don Johnson. The film was later adapted into a brief TV series, starring a pre-Speed Sandra Bullock. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Melanie Griffith
as Tess McGill
Harrison Ford
as Jack Trainer
Sigourney Weaver
as Katharine Parker
Alec Baldwin
as Mick Dugan
Philip Bosco
as Oren Trask
Nora Dunn
as Ginny
Kevin Spacey
as Bob Speck
Olympia Dukakis
as Personnel Director
Leslie Ayvasian
as Dewey Stone Reception Guest
Robert Easton
as Armbrister
Gail Bearden
as Secretary in Ladies' Room
Jeffrey Nordling
as Tim Rourke
Elizabeth Whitcraft
as Doreen DiMucci
Mario T. de Felice Jr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Maggie Wagner
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Melba LaRose
as Secretary in Ladies' Room
Lou DiMaggio
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Ken Larsen
as Executive at Dim Sum Party
David Duchovny
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Georgienne Millen
as Tess's Birthday Party Friend
Pamela Lewis
as Executive at Dim Sum Party
Jim Babchak
as Junior Executive
Anthony Mancini Jr.
as Helicopter Pilot
Daniel B. Pollack
as Executives at Dim Sum Party
Steve Cody
as Cab Driver
Paige Matthews
as Dewey Stone Receptionist
Lee Dalton
as John Romano
Barbara Garrick
as Phyllis Trask
Madolin B. Archer
as Barbara Trask
Etain O'Malley
as Hostess at Wedding
Ricki Lake
as Bridesmaid
Caroline Aaron
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Tom Rooney
as Bridegroom
Nancy Giles
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Judy Milstein
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Peter Duchin
as Trask Wedding Orchestra
Nicole Chevance
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Maeve McGuire
as Trask Secretary
Timothy Carhart
as Tim Draper
Kathleen Gray
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Michael R. Chin
as Delivery Man
Jane B. Harris
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Lloyd Lindsay Young
as TV Weatherman
Sondra Hollander
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Samantha Shane
as Petty Marsh Secretary
F.X. Vitolo
as Bartender
Julie Silverman
as Petty Marsh Secretary
Lily Froehlich
as Clerk at Dry Cleaners
R.M. Haley
as Heliport Attendant
James Babchak
as Junior Executive
Suzanne Shepherd
as Trask Receptionist
Amy Aquino
as Baxter
Ralph Byers
as Dewey Stone Reception Guest
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Critic Reviews for Working Girl

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (8)

  • How will the working class be educated to survive and thrive in the computer age? This intoxicating movie has an answer: let her strut her outer-borough wisdom from Wall Street to the Pacific Rim. Watch her fatten portfolios as she melts hearts.

    Jan 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Griffith's talent, energy, and sexiness give it some drive and punch.

    May 27, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Working Girl is enjoyable largely due to the fun of watching scrappy, sexy, unpredictable Melanie Griffith rise from Staten Island secretary to Wall Street whiz.

    May 27, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • The interaction between the female leads is so funny that you don't care if the leading man never turns up.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Working Girl, always fun even when at its most frivolous, has the benefit of the cinematographer Michael Ballhaus's sharp visual sense of board room chic, and of supporting characters who help carry its class distinctions beyond simple caricature.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
  • This scrumptious romantic comedy with its blithe cast is as easy to watch as swirling ball gowns and dancing feet. But oh me, oh my, how much more demanding it is to be a fairy tale heroine these days.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Working Girl

  • Jun 09, 2014
    "It's asking for the taking..." From director Mike Nichols comes the satirical office comedy Working Girl. When a skiing accident hospitalizes her boss, ambitious secretary Tess McGill takes her shot at the big time by posing as a broker in order to put together a business deal that her boss had tried to steal from her. Unfortunately the script is rather weak and unfocused, unsure of what kind of comedy it wants to be; romantic, fish-out-of water, etc. Yet enough of it works to make the film entertaining, and the performance by Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver are especially good. Additionally, Carly Simon provides an excellent soundtrack that's quite soulful, and includes the pop hit "Let the River Run" (which is a perfect anthem for the lead character). It's a bit uneven, but Working Girl is fun and has a positive message about following one's dreams.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2014
    A very eighties film. Melanie Griffith's character manages to work her way up and win Harrison Ford's heart...all the while being annoying as heck.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2012
    I'm sure this Oscar-winning Mike Nichols film about a capable woman, forced to wile her way up the corporate ladder, was quite groundbreaking for its time, but the big bouffant hairdos, the office pool of secretaries, and the crass Joisey accents just date this movie too much. I could also see the big three-way twist coming from a mile away. Furthermore, Carly Simon's melodramatic, gospel-inspired, Oscar-winning song, "Let the River Run," - with all its talk about "sons and daughters" and "New Jerusalem" - seems more fitting for a Merchant Ivory movie about a diaspora born of religious persecution or something rather than professional and romantic hijinx.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2011
    A movie of firsts that was significant for each of the three principal actors' future career paths. Melanie Griffith gets the part she was born to play as a not-as-dumb-as-she-looks blonde while Sigourney Weaver shows off her icy bitch you love to hate persona for the first time and Harrison Ford proves capable of getting laughs through light comedy. It's fun but all rather safe.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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