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(Review originally written at 18 July 2006)

This is a fairly amusing comedy that has some good strong female characters in it and also makes a good social statement. However as a comedy it falls flat at times, since it heavily relies on just the three main characters, played by Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda.

The movie begins good and sort of satirical, about the male domination at the office. The boss of the office floor is portrayed as a 'sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot'. It's of course overdone but the movie makes a good statement. Therefor the movie works well as a social satire about the male supremacy- and the office work in general. The women are portrayed as strong individual personalities. However as the movie progresses the story becomes more and more silly and unlikely. The movie therefor then looses some of its power.

The three main characters are good and strong, mainly because they are being played by excellent actresses, that seem to know how to handle the comedy genre. The movie however very much relies on this three main characters with as a result that the movie looses its focus on the story at times. The story at times becomes muddled in and the filmmakers seemed to prefer to show the three women their antics instead. Some of the moments are funny but at the same time also far fetched, which makes this movie a rather simple comedy. Sure, it's good fun to watch but it also makes this movie quite a forgettable one. It's just not a movie that I want to re-watch again, any time soon.

Even though this is an 1980 movie, it still has a typical '70's feeling all over it, which means that it's also quite outdated to watch this days. Even though the male supremacy in the business life is still a relevant and much alive subject of course, even now, more than 25 years later.

Amusing relevant comedy but it doesn't leave a lasting impression, due to its flawed focus and storytelling.

6/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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