Lunchtime Movie Review

Working Girl (1988)

Episode #130

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation released Working Girl to theaters on December 21, 1988. Mike Nichols directed the film starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver.

Working Girl Movie Summary

Tess McGill, played by Melanie Griffith with a coked-out bloat, is a stockbroker’s secretary from Staten Island. She has a bachelor’s degree from night school, so of course, she can take on the world. And Tess doesn’t just want to be the head of the secretary pool, she wants an executive position.

Unfortunately, she can’t get anyone to take her seriously. Probably due to the accent Tess. After getting in trouble again, she is reassigned to a new financial executive, Katherine Parker, played by Ellen Fucking Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver. Katherine encourages Tess to be open with her ideas, which screams back stabbing bitch immediately.

Unfortunately, Tess shares a good idea about a potential merger, and Katherine says she will check into it. However, soon after, Katherine tells her that the idea won’t work. Meanwhile, back at home, Tess’s boyfriend, who looks a lot like Jack Ryan, is cheating on her with one of her friends. Feeling alone, Tess doesn’t know which way to go.

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation released Working Girl to theaters on December 21, 1988. Mike Nichols directed the film starring Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, and Sigourney Weaver.

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  1. Hi Patrick, I beg to differ, but I acknowledge your point that Tess was devious and her actions were not to be admired, however I think what you missed was the struggle of the lower class trying to break into the middle/privileged class (ie, Harvard, Yale college educated strata) and how her night school education was seen as a joke compared to theirs – this was the 80s and the era of high flyers – also what was highlighted was her family and friends seeing her as betraying her working class roots. Maybe I’ve seen this from a different point of view, that said I love listening to your podcasts, cheers A

  2. To add to my point, re the suggestion that this was about female empowerment, what if you substituted the female leads with make leads? It would be more of a struggle about the lower class trying to break into the privileged boys club I contend…

    1. Hi Angie
      The Secret of My Success is sort of this movie with male leads. a lot of 80s comedies seemed to be about class struggles(Working Girl also reminds me a little of Trading Places). Not sure this film is really just about female empowerment(I mean Katherine tries to prevent Tess’ ascent). The Next Picture Show just did a good podcast on this film.

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