Working Girl (1988)

"I have a head for business and a body for sin."



This classic romantic-comedy is well-worth watching for the first time or again for the tenth. The star-studded cast includes young versions of Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Cusak, Harrison Ford, and Alec Baldwin. This is arguably Griffin’s best role ever as she combines a struggling romantic with a determined and purposeful up and coming businesswoman. Her plucky personality and nighttime MBA combine for a fun and intriguing climb up the corporate ladder.

Griffin plays Tess McGill, the coffee-pouring, yet ambitious, secretary to Katharine Parker (Weaver) who is her self-possessed and ego-centric boss. However, Tess McGill is an smart cookie and a keen observer of the “movers and shakers” in the business world that surrounds her. When high-powered Parker leaves Tess to oversee her office and apartment while on vacation the underlings wastes no time to slither into her corporate skin like a curious yet cunning snake.

But this is where the excitement and the laughs really begin. Tess attempts to shed her tacky blue-collar/blue eye shadow skin to be a serious and polished executive. While parading as her absentee boss she contemplates how she can get noticed for her business acumen and her fiscally inventive ideas. Unexpectedly, she first captures the attention of her boss’s love interest Jack Trainer (Ford) who falls for Tess’s newly manufactured persona. However, Tess faces the challenge of promoting and validating herself with her intellectual ideas while managing the complication of her multiple personalities and rolodex of lies.

When Parker returns from her vacation prematurely the pressure is on Tess to keep all the balls in the air while keeping her eye on what really matters (if she can decide what that ultimately is). This is a clever film about a young career woman who attempts to pull herself up by her bra straps, but encounters a serious of mishaps and makes more than one misguided, yet hilarious faux pas along the way.