Written by: Kevin Wade
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Starring Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith, ad Joan Cusack
From the box:
Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Meanie Griffith star in Mike Nichols’ hilarious, six-time Oscar Nominee about a woman determined to shape her own destiny. When her overbearing boss, Katharine (Weaver), breaks her leg skiing, Tess McGill (Griffith) takes over her office, apartment and wardrobe. But when Tess creates a deal with a handsome investment banker (ford) – who happens to be Katharine’s boyfriend – she’s either jumping up the corporate ladder – or about to commit career suicide!
It’s all high hair and epic shoulder pads as the Oscar nominated 80s classic Working Girl is finally released on blu-ray. Featuring an all-star cast (most of whom got oscar noms), the film is a time capsule of 80s style and attitudes.
The plot’s pretty much what the box says. Melanie Griffith is an under-appreciated assistant who happens to be a financial whiz who takes advantage of her not so nice boss’s injury and turns herself into a financial big shot. Of course her boss catches wind upon her return and well, I guess you’ll have to watch it.
It’s a fun movie. I don’t know for sure that it is deserving of all of the oscar nominations it received if I am being completely honest. It still is a prime example of 80s romantic comedy and has some strong performances from its cast, especially Harrison Ford who we rarely saw in this type of understated comedic role.
The weird thing is that the hair and make up in this movie is so 80s that it’s almost distracting. I don’t remember any movie being so blatantly 80s. Hair to the sky, make up that looks like it was put on with paint brushes, and shoulder pads you can land a helicopter on. While watching it I commented on someone’s hair at least three or four times.
Still, a solid film with memorable performances make Working Girl definitely worth a watch.
The film looks fantastic on blu-ray with picture and audio pretty top notch. It really is a great transfer. Unfortunately, a severe lack of special features make this a some what disappointing release. It would have been great to see some interviews, gag reel, etc but we don’t get anything.
The movie stands fine on its own and it holds up well (this was my first time seeing it!), save for the hair, but some special features would have made this a much better release. Still, it’s not an expensive buy (at least at the time of this writing) so I’d recommend picking it up, especially for fans of the era, the actors, and the genre.
8/10 Shoulder Pads
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.