Synopsis by Mark Deming
In Janice Beard 45 WPM, an eccentric Scottish woman dives headfirst into London's work force, which may or may not be ready for her. Janice (Eileen Walsh) began dealing with an unusual home life from birth; her dad died of a heart attack as she was being born, sending her mother into a funk from which she's never quite recovered. At 23, Janice decides she needs to get a job to help pay for her mother's medical bills, so she puts together a resume and starts looking for work -- never mind that her c.v. is, for the most part, a pack of lies. Janice manages to flub her way into the typing pool of an auto company, where she unexpectedly becomes part of the office intrigues of Sean (Rhys Ifans), an ambitious office assistant. Patsy Kensit appears in a supporting role as Julia, a secretarial supervisor; Rhys Ifans would later appear in the Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant vehicle Notting Hill.
office, Scottish [nationality], secretary