Why I Love Nine to Five
By Valerie Temple, Programming Manager, BMFI
Who hasn’t wanted to get even with the boss, especially one as dastardly as “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” Franklin M. Hart, Jr. in Nine to Five? Played with gleeful villainy by Dabney Coleman, Mr. Hart is the World’s Worst Boss – stealing ideas from co-workers with one hand and giving unwelcome pats on the bottom with the other.
|Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda play three pink collar workers who take on their sexist boss (Dabney Coleman) in Nine to Five. What a way to make a living!|
Even before I worked in an office, I felt for the poor, tormented employees of Consolidated Companies who had to put up with his near-constant sliminess and cheered when a trio of office underlings (frumpy Jane Fonda, feisty Lily Tomlin, and foxy Dolly Parton) took matters into their own hands and put Mr. Hart on a forced “vacation”. Granted, tying him up with S&M gear might have been a little extreme, but you can’t say he didn’t have it coming!
|Inspired by Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda) in Nine to Five, Valerie Temple pulled off this vintage late '70s suit in honor of our screening.|
Valerie Temple is the Programming Manager at Bryn Mawr Film Institute. She has an M.F.A. in Film Production from Boston University and thinks she's very funny. (Her words.)