9 to 5

9 to 5 (1980)

9 to 5 (1980)


Collin Higgins


Dolly Parton

Lily Tomlin

Jane Fonda


Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him.


This movie made me mad, then sad, then mad all over again. Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda are amazing women. Seeing them all together was so great.

Dolly Parton is a secretary for a sexist, bigoted, pig that doesn’t deserve his job and is a walking, talking sexual harassment case. He tells everyone that he’s sleeping with her, even though she is very happily married. She has some of the best lines in the movie.

Lily Tomlin knows everything about the company and keeps everything working dispite the bosses best efforts. She’s a single mom, has put in all kinds of time, and keeps getting passed up for a promotion, passed up by people that she’s trained. It’s infuriating.

Jane Fonda is a recent divorce who gets her first job and discovers that her ex-husband was not the only asshole man out there.

They bond over their horrible boss, there are some hijinks, and then they kind of win. They get eighty percent of a win. Which is bittersweet and really drives home the reality of what women have to put up with. We can’t even get the win in a movie.

Their boss gets recognition for all the shit they did, a bonus, and a promotion. A promotion to Brazil, which he doesn’t want, but his wife loves him even more and he’s getting recognition and money. Lily Tomlin finally gets the job that was owed her. Dolly Parton quits and becomes a country music star, and Jane Fonda gets married to a better man.

It was depressing.