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Working Girls (1987)




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The Working Girls in this New York-based film are laboring away at the World's Oldest Profession. Molly (Louise Smith), a Yale grad whos lives with her lesbian lover, turns tricks to keep food on the table. She approaches each day with fear and loathing, carrying out her responsibilities with crisp, businesslike efficiency. Her coworkers include Gina (Marussia Zach), who hopes to stay a hooker just long enough to finance her own business, and Dawn (Amanda Goodwin), an outspoken college student who harbors dreams of becoming a lawyer. The film covers a single day in the lives of these three ladies, neither judging nor apologizing: a job's a job, the film seems to be saying, whether it's punching a clock or rolling in the sack with an elderly stranger. Director Lizzie Borden's matter-of-fact approach to her material (based on six months' worth of interviewing genuine prostitutes) places Working Girls head and shoulders above the usual lachrymose "ladies of the evening" drama.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
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Frederick Neumann
as Fantasy Fred
Dan Nutu
as George, the Cook
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Filmed in a near-documentary style, trying to hide that it's more or less a clinical study masked as a fiction film.

Full Review… | April 18, 2011
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Detailed, entrancing look at a day in the life of a New York brothel.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Contesting Hollywood stereotypical portrait of prostitutes, Borden's semi-docu feature shows them to be clean, intelligent and in control of their career, often doing it for the good pay and flexible hours.

Full Review… | December 21, 2006

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Prostitution is a polarizing issue, but Borden gives us an even-handed film that neither condemns nor celebrates the "oldest profession." It's a fine piece of work that encourages discussion rather than providing a pat point of view.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Interesting story but it's hard to get past the poor and unprofessional acting from most of the cast. The low budget isn't a plus for this film either. But it is a story that doesn't bore, and it keeps the film alive.

James Higgins
James Higgins

(***): [img][/img] A good independent film. Well-written and I just loved how "real" the film felt and how it was acted.


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