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Tess McGill is a frustrated secretary, struggling to forge ahead in the world of big business in New York. She gets her chance when her boss breaks her leg on a skiing holiday. McGill takes advantage of her absence to push ahead with her career. She teams up with investment broker Jack Trainer to work on a big deal. The situation is complicated after the return of her boss. Written by
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When Jack and Tess are in the negotiations between Ambrister and Trusk, Jack comments "we're all waiting to see what color smoke comes out of the chimney." It's a reference about the election of a new pope in the Vatican of Rome: to chose new pope, all cardinals and bishops are secluded in a room to deliver. If at the end of the day there isn't an election confirmed, Vatican's chimney ejects black smoke. If there is election, smoke is white. See more »
Color of Tess' pantyhose as she steps off the bus. See more »
[on the phone]
Cyn! Guess where I am...
[stands up, screams to secretaries]
She got out! Oh my god! I can't believe it, she's out - she made it out! She got out! She has her own office!
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You know you've had a boss like this. Someone who stole your ideas, used you to advance their career, and did everything to keep you from getting the credit you deserve. I think of him every time I watch this movie, and although he got his come-uppance, as such people usually do, this one is still more satisfying.
Griffith is a little annoying as the giggly secretary with ambition, but it works. Weaver is the greatest comedic villain since Cruella DeVil. You know she's going to fall, and she does in more ways than one. While she's mending broken bones from a ski trip, her secretary finds a memo capitalizing on her idea the boss had pooh-poohed as a "secretary's notion."
In her boss's absence, Tess (Griffith) uses her boss's name, her office, her home, even her clothes, to break into the rarefied New York mergers and acquisitions world. She even falls for the boss's boyfriend.
Alas, the boss is a fast healer and comes home early. She finds an entry in her secretary's day planner, and it hits the fan.
It's hard to believe this gem was written by the same writer who inflicted Meet Joe Black on us, but we can forgive him. Harrison Ford is at the top of his game as the boyfriend, but Joan Cusack almost walks away with this one, as usual. Joan is the best comedic supporting actress around.
Weaver has one of the the greatest one-liners of all time. When asked if she's sure her boyfriend will propose, she says "We're in the same city now. I've indicated I'm receptive to an offer. I've cleared the month of June. And I am, after all, me."
The go-go 80's may be long gone, along with the power suits, the BIG hair, the Perrier, and the bull market, but this hilarious and heartwarming comedy still works without relying on nostalgia or sentiment!
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