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Nine to Five (9 to 5)

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Classic '80s comedy takes on sexual harassment.

Movie PG 1980 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Yes! All of this!

A film that gets better with age and that earned Coleman the reputation of the ultimate jerk boss-man swindler. Tomlin, Fonda, and Parton are movie magic and highlighting the extreme patriarchy they suffer from only draws attention to how we have not moved far enough in the almost 40 years since the film's release. The film still has charm, wit, and panache and still feels like many a blue collar workers fantasy, if only for two hours.
age 12+

Still holds up

My 13- and 10-year-olds got a lot of laughs out of this movie. There is a long marijuana scene and sexual harassment. Neither of those are too extreme, but if your family is sensitive to avoid such topics this movie isn't for you. My kids enjoyed the movie and understood the take-away message. I watched this a lot as a kid, and my spouse had never seen it, and we both agreed it held up well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The movie is outrageous and silly -- but oh, how satisfyingly to-the-point. When it was released in 1980, this farcical tale struck a chord with audiences in early stage awareness of office misbehavior of the sexual kind. Making fun of longstanding indignities and sexual blackmail heightened both consciousness and consciences. The actors, including the vanity-free Dabney Coleman, go all out, doubling down on the quirky characters and wacky situations. Decades later, it's still funny, miraculously off the wall, and relevant. Well-paced and directed with gusto, for the most part, it can be forgiven for a little sluggishness as the story winds down to a satisfying ending.

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