Working Girl (1988)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Screwball Comedy, Workplace Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 21, 1988 (USA)  |   Run Time - 113 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jason Clark

Possibly Mike Nichols's most purely enjoyable film since The Graduate, this witty, vibrant take on females in the work force boasts an exceptional cast (including Harrison Ford in a rare romantic leading role) and a savvy screenplay (by Kevin Wade) that effectively deconstructs the battle of the sexes in corporate America. A romantic comedy that is both romantic and comic in equal measure, the movie has fun satirizing the everyday lives of the working class, but retains a core of recognition so the viewer can always find the film relatable and believable. A Cinderella-type story to be sure, but winning and bitingly funny. The film received Oscar nominations for all three principal female roles, including a great Sigourney Weaver as Melanie Griffith's boss from hell, and Best Picture. It also picked up a trophy for Best Original Song, honoring Carly Simon's wonderfully uplifting theme, "Let the River Run".