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Working Girl

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sexed-up '80s corporate tale with stellar cast.

Movie R 1988 115 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Working Girl - a romance with a good moral.

Melanie Griffiths plays Tess, a secretary who just can't hold a job, most recently after giving her misogynistic boss a telling off. She gets a new job where she finds her boss is a woman her age who promises that their working relationship will be one of positivity and growth. On her birthday ski trip, her boss breaks her leg leaving Tess to her own devices. Tess discovers the supposed godsend of a boss was planning to steal her idea. Tess sets out to claim what is hers using her knowledge of the world around her and falls in love along the way. Warning: Minor nudity throughout. Time stamps: intersexism/cissexism 11 minutes in, infidelity and graphic sex/nudity 29 minutes in, misogynistic compliment 35 minutes in
age 15+

Good

Some Nudity

Is It Any Good?

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WORKING GIRL is a screwball comedy filled with terrific performances. There are some iconic lines in the film: "I have a mind for business and a bod for sin," Tess tells Jack upon first meeting; Cyn (Joan Cusack) yelps at seeing the price of a dress Tess is stealing from Katharine, "Six thousand dollars?!? It's not even leather!" The laughs are there, but for the right mature audience that can handle all the sexual content and the questionable ethics.

Today's teens will probably look at Working Girl as an artifact from our ratted hair and shoulderpad past, complete with unironic mullets and really high-waisted pants. But it's also an artifact of the greedy '80s, told with enough humor and gentle spirit from star Melanie Griffith to make it a kinder, gentler Wall Street.

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