Following last weeks classy foray into our favourite Princess Makeover on Roman Holiday, this week is a little more arse than class with 80’s classic Working Girl. Bring on the big hair! Enjoy. X Catalina
Working Girl (1988), Dir. Mike Nichols
The 80’s were all about climbing the corporate ladder. And because the corporate ladder was fraught with danger from the sharp elbows of ruthless selfish backstabbers, you needed the biggest shoulder pads you could find…for protection.
Poor objectified Melanie Griffiths certainly needs a lot of protection in this movie! Her new boss, Sigourney Weaver, is living the life Griffiths has been dreaming about, and betrays her to further her career. Good-natured hard-working Griffiths quickly sees that nobody will see past the ‘body for sin’ to the ‘mind for business’ until she makes some changes. And although the shoulder pads do not shed in this movie, the giant helmet hair and showy jewellery does, to make way for a more confident, softer yet stronger woman.
A makeunder can be just as powerful as a makeover, funnily enough paring back can give you strength. This movie reiterates the power of the right outfit, (even if it is borrowed from your absent boss’s wardrobe). Of course it isn’t all plain sailing after the wardrobe change, but it makes for an enjoyable watching experience. Awesome bonus points for Joan Cusack as Griffiths’ best friend, doing her bit against the ozone layer and assaulting the senses.