Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin – I Heart Huckabees, All of Me) is in a dead-end job at a large corporation working beneath the sexist, rude and ego-centric Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman – You’ve Got Mail, Tootsie), a man who she herself trained. She is now saddled with training newbie Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda – Monster-In-Law, On Golden Pond) on top of her regular duties. This is a real test because Judy is newly divorced and has never worked before. Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton – Steel Magnolia, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) is Mr. Hart’s secretary and she has to put up with his constant sexual innuendos and passes. All the other female workers assume that Doralee is sleeping with Mr. Hart so she is ostracized.
Mr. Hart goes too far one day when he unfairly fires a female employee upsetting Judy, gives a male employee a promotion even though Violet is more qualified and Doralee finds out that he has told everyone that they are having an affair. The three ladies go over to Doralee’s to have some drinks and dream about ways of getting even with Mr. Hart.
The next day at the office Violet mistakenly puts rat poison in Mr. Hart’s coffee and believes that she has killed him. Thankfully that is not the case, but it doesn’t end there because Mr. Hart finds out what happened. One thing leads to another and the three girls end up kidnapping Mr. Hart. They just have to keep his wife Missy (Marian Mercer – starred in television series such as The Love Boat and St. Elsewhere) and his nosy administrative assistant Roz (Elizabeth Wilson – Quiz Show, The Addams Family) from noticing he’s gone.
In the year it was released (1980) this film was considered to be a comedy classic about the trials and tribulations faced by women in the workforce with a very popular theme song. The film has definitely suffered at the hands of time, but it is still a decent watch. Each of the women were perfectly cast in their roles and are very believable when they deliver their lines.
The film is full zany dream sequences and corny one-liners. You definitely have to take the film for what it is; it is not trying to be a high brow feminist piece. Director Colin Higgins (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) just tried to make a fluffy comedy that would entertain. Watching it today it definitely is a little dated, but you can still enjoy it. It is a decent film which definitely has that 80s feel to it.
-Isolated Score Track
-Audio Commentary with Actresses Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and Producer Bruce Gilbert
-Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Patricia Resnick and Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman
-Nine @ 25: Revisiting a Comedy Classic
-Remembering Colin Higgins
-Singing Nine to Five Karaoke
-Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin Karaoke
-Original Theatrical Trailer