#42 Nine to Five — dir. Colin Higgins.
I remember hearing complaints in our screenwriting class that we never screened films with strong female leads. And as always people said, “Well, Thelma and Louise. ” Which is true and awesome. But that should also include comedies. And Nine to Five, is perfect. It’s a workplace comedy, it’s got hilarious performances, and it’s nothing short of brilliant. It’s so well constructed, and even when the stakes get crazy/zany, it still stays on track. Plus, I get sick of people trotting out Thelma and Louise like it’s their black friend that proves they aren’t racist. Congratulations. You tried really hard and you found one that meets your quotas. TRY HARDER.
And I love Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman in this film. But Dolly Parton is a national treasure. And that’s no kind of bullshit, big boobs joke. Dolly Parton is amazing. She’s incredible. And she’s so fantastic in this film. Between this and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, she’s done the crossover aptly.