Film: 9 to 5

Opened: December 19, 1980

Directed by: Colin Higgins

Starring: Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Dabney Coleman, Sterling Hayden & Elizabeth Wilson

When a film from 1980 about women’s struggles in the workplace is just as relevant today in the #MeToo movement, you know it’s bad.

Recently single Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) begins working at Consolidated Companies with Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin) and Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton) under their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot boss Franklin Hart, Jr. (Dabney Coleman). The three devise a plan to take him down and change his policies.

The way all three women are treated by Hart is disgusting, but still happens in everyday life. Women are sexualized in the workplace and often passed up for promotions because of their sex.

All four leads are perfectly casted and play off each other well. In her film debut, Parton delivers her lines perfectly and stands strong against her seasoned counterparts.

Final say: Memorable and ever relevant. ★★★★★

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