Punching the Clock (and the Boss) with Dolly, Lily and Jane


This can be a fable of empowerment that’s conscious of actual obstacles and limitations. Its credibility comes from the data that the three stars, for all the facility they might have achieved in Hollywood and Nashville, had been exploited, belittled and brought with no consideration, too.

I do see its presentation of “office sisterhood” as nonetheless related within the age of social media as a result of, whereas it will possibly appear dated within the present context of just about all the things associated to girls within the office, it additionally gives what I believe stays a clear-eyed view of what girls nonetheless endure frequently within the workplace on any variety of fronts, from the clueless and tone deaf boss, to demeaning work, to working lengthy hours for typically much less pay, to feedback on costume and look — myriad points that whereas maybe not intractable stay bugaboos within the workplace. David Guyer, Chicago, IL

DARGIS It’s difficult! The film is a type of good imperfect specimens that ties critics and readers into frayed knots, as our commenters’ dialogue underscored. It’s each aesthetically and politically irritating, and the three feminine stars, by turns, transcend their materials and are dragged down by it. A variety of viewers appeared to have skilled comparable whiplash whereas watching it: laughing after which wincing, repeat. That makes it actually attention-grabbing to me, partly as a result of its contradictions are emblematic of the paradoxes that drive us nuts about many motion pictures.

One reader, Nicholas Hirst, wrote that the vital scene occurs after the ladies’s revolt and “we see a redecorated and enhanced office with extra range and a transparent shot of a person transferring from his wheelchair to his desk.” I seen that, too, however was additionally bummed that the general efforts are so half-baked. As Elizabeth B wrote “There isn’t any intersectionality on this movie which as we speak doesn’t fly.” However then she added that she nonetheless prances “round my room to ‘9 to five’ like nobody’s enterprise.” Similar, identical, even when Parton has prompted heartache, as along with her (since shuttered) Confederacy dinner theaters, which our colleague Aisha Harris wrote about just a few years again.

A part of what I get pleasure from about going again to sure motion pictures — each these I liked and people I loathed or shrugged at — is exploring how they alter however solely as a result of we do.

SCOTT On the finish, when the chairman of the board exhibits up (within the particular person of Sterling Hayden doing Colonel Sanders cosplay), he’s stuffed with reward for the improvements Violet and her crew have put in place over Hart’s signature. “Apart from the equal pay factor,” he mutters, an indication that change can solely go thus far. And a few of these improvements — couches, open-plan workplaces, versatile hours — have since turn into frequent options of workplace life. (Others, like job-sharing and little one care, ought to have.) However staff aren’t essentially happier. As David Kotz and Karen Pfeifer of Northampton, MA famous, “9 to 5” is each “in sync with the present critique of capitalism” and “lifelike in regards to the limits of reform of capitalism.”

Now, as many people surprise if we’ll ever see the within of an workplace once more, we will acknowledge what has and hasn’t modified.

As one of many authentic organizers of 9to5, Group for Girls Workplace Employees in Boston (1973) and a former workplace employee myself, I can’t think about labeling the hit film “9to5” as being dated! Jane Fonda spent many hours speaking with our members across the nation about life within the workplace. The film might have exaggerated their tales, however solely barely! I’d say “9to5” the film was forward of its time in calling out the boss and displaying what can occur when girls staff manage. It continues to be related as we speak within the gig economic system, amongst restaurant staff, at Amazon, amongst these engaged within the struggle for a $15 minimal wage, and so on. Low pay? Test. Poor advantages for working households? Test. Sexual harassment? Test and test! The listing goes on. — Janet Selcer, Boston

What aggravated me this time (and by no means earlier than) was that Franklin Hart obtained away along with his embezzlement. I’m sick of white collar criminals and grifters and he is only one extra! Brazil doesn’t appear to be a lot punishment. Possibly in the event that they despatched him to the department workplace in Siberia? Or how about if he simply obtained caught and went to jail? — Leslie H. Nicoll (by way of electronic mail)


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