Nine to Five (9 to 5)
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Nine to Five (9 to 5)
Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), a housewife whose husband has left her for his secretary, begins her own secretarial career at a huge corporation. Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), a feisty, veteran office manager, instructs her on the perils and procedures of office life -- and of working for Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman), their chauvinistic, sleazy boss, and his right-hand woman, the crisp, nosy Roz (Elizabeth Wilson). Meanwhile, Hart's endless attempts to seduce his happily married secretary, Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton), lead the entire office to think she's a trollop. When Hart… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although it can probably be argued that Patricia Resnick and director Colin Higgins' script [from a story by Resnick] at times borders on the inane, the bottom line is that this picture is a lot of fun."
‑ , Variety
"It's clearly a movie that began as someone's bright idea, which then went into production before anyone had time to give it a well-defined personality."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"So-so office revenge comedy that seems way overpraised in retrospect."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Guilty pleasure. I'm sorry, but Lily Tomlin as a demented Snow White, complete with animated birdies? Rock!"
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Infectiously entertaining little 80's comedy that features three great leading ladies and the immortal Dabney Coleman."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Despite an excellent and promising cast, this Hollywood attempt at a mainstream feminist comedy is flabby and bland."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A frequently hilarious comic revenge fantasy that struck a cord with people from all walks of life."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"9 to 5 works as a wish-fulfillment satire on male chauvinism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Dolly Parton's supporting role as a secretary is the most memorable aspect."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Tomlin, Parton, and Coleman all arguably turn in the most memorable roles of their careers. And then there's the script, which is sharp, jaded, and nihilistic, unusual for films form this era, which were typically dripping with sentimentality."
‑ Christopher Null,
"[Parton] is, on the basis of this one film, a natural-born movie star, a performer who holds our attention so easily that it's hard to believe it's her first film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A women's lib valentine."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Gets off to a great start but loses its taste for revenge toward the end."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Seen nearly 30 years later, it actually seems better than ever -- which may be as much a comment on the state of comedy films today as on the quality of Nine to Five."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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