Working Girl

Starring: Melanie Griffith, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, Joan Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Phillip Bosco, Nora Dunn, Olympia Dukakis, Jeffrey Nordling
Directed By: Mike Nichols

This won an Oscar. It was nominated for six. Man, our standards in the 80’s were really low. Working Girl was up against Rain Man and Mississippi Burning for Best Picture, so I guess 1988 wasn’t all that back. I honestly can’t fathom how Sigourney Weaver and Joan Cusack were nominated for Supporting Actress. Off the top of my head I came up with a few performances that would have deserved that spot more. Elizabeth Perkins (Big), Barbara Hershey (Beaches), Glenne Headley (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Barbara Hershey (The Last Temptation Of Christ), Lena Olin (The Unbearable Lightness Of Being), and probably some others. I mean, what did Joan Cusack do in this film to warrant an Oscar nomination? What did Sigourney Weaver do? Seriously. Not that I hated the movie, but these nominations are just unwarranted.

Melanie Griffith getting a nomination is a little like if Reese Witherspoon was nominated for Legally Blonde. It’s not not completely out of the realm of possibility, and you might even call her a dark horse, but you’re still surprised when they get called. Which is why Reese didn’t get nominated, because dark horses are dark for a reason. Obviously, no one still cares about 1988, but these are valid concerns. I guess the quality of cinema has gone up, and we have so many films that are high quality now that it’s hard to choose five.

Working Girl is also one of those woman empowerment films that doesn’t really get made anymore. It surprisingly holds up well, if you overlook the technology used in the film. Not just retro Windows 95, but much older. It works like a well-greased wheel. Griffith is always good as a bombshell, Ford is suave as usual, and Weaver plays cold really well.

It’s not Norma Rae. I think it’s funny that a film that was nominated for Best Picture has a 6.7 on IMDB. It’s worth taking a look, but don’t try too hard. It’s a pretty straightforward romantic comedy with a strong female lead. You totally know how it’s going to end just from looking at the poster.

FINAL GRADE: B+

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