Before the term “glass ceiling” really entered into the popular lexicon, 1980’s 9 to 5
tapped into the roiling undercurrent of feminine workplace discord in
telling the comedic story of three women who team up to put the screws
to their patronizing, deceitful bastard of a boss. It may seem like
nothing in hindsight, but the savvy in-triplicate casting of Jane Fonda (also a producer on
the project), Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin represented significant
shifts or steps forward for each of them, and the movie as a whole definitely benefits from
the starkly contrasting pleasures of their rich interplay.