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9 to 5 (SE)
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04.19.2006 By: Sturdy
9 to 5 (SE) order
Director:
Colin Higgins

Actors:
Jane Fonda
Lily Tomlin
Dolly Parton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three female workers get fed up with their sexist, male boss and decide to get even.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I have to be honest and say that I donít remember a time when women were mistreated so blatantly in the workplace. Today, a sexual harassment lawsuit is as common as your monthly paycheck, so everyone is on their toes all the time. Maybe thatís why 9 TO 5 felt so incredibly outdated.

I liked the idea of three women getting payback on their hated boss, but I didnít really feel an over-the-top comedy was the way to go. It wouldíve been much funnier watching the ladies come up with new ways to get back at the guy without actually kidnapping him and threatening his life. It just felt really dated and out of place. In order to appreciate this film, I think you wouldíve had to have been a working woman in the seventies or early eighties, otherwise, youíre left out of the joke.

I was really impressed with Lily Tomlinís performance. I havenít seen her in much, but she really is a talented actress. Dolly seemed a little uncomfortable in one of her first movie roles, but she got the job done. Iím sure her character description read ďwoman with big breastsĒ, so Dolly was the obvious choice. Everyone else did a fine job with what they had, it just wasnít a great idea in the first place.

Iím not really a country music person, but what makes this movie is the catchy title song. Thatís the only reason I can come up with for this movie being so popular for so long. Unfortunately, Dollyís hit single is the only musical highlight in the movie. I think they missed an opportunity to have a great soundtrack, but thatís one of many misses for this film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Bruce Gilbert, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton is awesome. Thatís what you need to know and if you have any doubt, watch this commentary. I donít know much about her music, but she seems like such a cool lady. This commentary is a blast. I laughed in the beginning and didnít stop until the credits. This is a really fun commentary and worth the purchase price alone.

Deleted scenes (11:31): I have mixed feelings about these because the pacing was choppy to begin with, but some of these give better insight into the characters. Unfortunately for everyone, thereís an extended dream sequence which just isnít necessary. Also, thereís not enough Dolly.

Nine at 25 featurette (24:35): Everyone gets together and gushes over one another. There were waaaaaayyyy too many long scenes from the movie cut in. It ruined the pacing of the featurette and ended up frustrating the audience. Youíll get some nifty tidbits and of course, more Dolly.

Remembering Colin Higgins (4:40): Yep, you guessed it, the cast talks about the late Colin Higgins. Thereís also some stock footage of him talking about the movie. It wasnít very in-depth and lacked any real insight. It really couldíve used some more Dolly.

Gag Reel (5:45): This was a nice contrast to the present day interviews with the ladies and it really seemed like they had a good time making the movie. Most of these are messed up lines, but there were some funny moments and you get to hear Dolly say ďshitĒ. Always a good time.

There is also a Karaoke video and a Trailer.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If this film brings back feelings of nostalgia for you, then this special edition will be worth the double dip. If you havenít seen it, then youíre not missing much and I wouldnít bother picking this one up.
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