Working Girl is enjoyable largely due to the fun of watching scrappy, sexy, unpredictable Melanie Griffith rise from Staten Island secretary to Wall Street whiz. She’s the kind with an eye for stock figures – the numeral kind and the real kind (Harrison Ford).
Griffith stands apart, both for her eagerness to break out of her clerical rut and her tenacity dealing with whomever seems to be thwarting her, at first a lecherous brokerage house exec, whom she very cleverly and humorously exposes, and then a much more formidable and disarming opponent, femme boss Sigourney Weaver.
Just because they’re both ‘girls’ trying to make their way amidst a sea of men doesn’t, however, make them friends.
This is not a laugh-out-loud film, though there is a lighthearted tone that runs consistently throughout, Griffith’s innocent, breathy voice being a major factor.
1988: Best Song (‘Let the River Run’).
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Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actress (Melanie Griffith), Supp. Actress (Joan Cusack), Sigourney Weaver)