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9 to 5 (SE)
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Apr 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 dont 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 Maybe thats why 9 TO 5 felt so incredibly outdated.

I liked the idea of three women getting payback on their hated boss, but I didnt really feel an over-the-top comedy was the way to go. It wouldve 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 wouldve had to have been a working woman in the seventies or early eighties, otherwise, youre left out of the joke.

I was really impressed with Lily Tomlins performance. I havent 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. Im sure her character description read woman with big breasts, so Dolly was the obvious choice. Everyone else did a fine job with what they had, it just wasnt a great idea in the first place.

Im not really a country music person, but what makes this movie is the catchy title song. Thats the only reason I can come up with for this movie being so popular for so long. Unfortunately, Dollys hit single is the only musical highlight in the movie. I think they missed an opportunity to have a great soundtrack, but thats one of many misses for this film.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Bruce Gilbert, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton is awesome. Thats what you need to know and if you have any doubt, watch this commentary. I dont know much about her music, but she seems like such a cool lady. This commentary is a blast. I laughed in the beginning and didnt 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, theres an extended dream sequence which just isnt necessary. Also, theres 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. Youll 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. Theres also some stock footage of him talking about the movie. It wasnt very in-depth and lacked any real insight. It really couldve 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 shit. 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 havent seen it, then youre not missing much and I wouldnt bother picking this one up.
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