We just rewatched Working Girl for the first time since it came out over 30 years ago. We were pleasantly surprised by aspects that still rang true today however, not unexpectantly, a number of things are outdated (and not just the fabulous 80s fashions!).
What still works:
> It addresses ongoing issues of sexual harassment, gender bias, classism, privilege, and educational inequality.
> It highlights the bonds of women as friends and colleagues.
> The anthemic Let the River Run is still moving!
What doesn’t work:
> Even in a movie about a woman succeeding professionally, Tess still has to be desirable as a woman and there were plenty of male-gaze directed scenes of the female characters in lingerie or naked.
> Workplace harassment is treated as a given and feels particularly awkward today and she still needs the assistance of men for career advancement.
> Saying ‘I have a head for business and a bod for sin” at a professional event!