Tess McGill, an ambitious secretary at a brokerage firm, discovers that her boss has stolen her idea for saving a client.
Tess is a smart cookie with giant hair and bigger dreams than just being a secretary. She’s been trying for ages to move up the corporate ladder at her firm, only to be tormented by sexist jerks and thwarted by her new, condescending female boss. When her new boss breaks a leg on a skiing trip, she sends Tess to take care of her apartment–at which point Tess realizes her boss has stolen one of her smart business ideas and passed it off as her own. She decides to take matters into her own hands, and starts making the business deal happen herself, along with the help of sexy colleague Jack Trainer. Tess and Jack start closing their own deal–but will Tess be found out before she makes a major accomplishment?
Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill
Tess is adorably awkward perfection here, practicing to quell her NY accent and struggling to assert herself in the business world.
Sigourney Weaver as Katharine Parker
I really like Sigourney Weaver, but HOLY CRAP is she the most punchable person ever in this film.
Harrison Ford as Jack Trainer
Here’s Harrison Ford at his peak wry, deep-voiced, sexy slightly-older-man appeal. *drool*
Joan Cusack as Cyn
Big hair, bigger accent.
Alec Baldwin as Mick
In a movie full of giant jerks, Mick is their king.
I don’t want to spoil one delightful cameo, but these won’t be the only familiar (young!) faces you see.
Couch-Sharing Capability: Girls’ Night In
Gather your lady friends who work for The Man and enjoy the serious justice boner at the end of the film.
Recommended Level of Inebriation: Tequila Shots and Tropical Drinks
Man, these businesspeople drink a lot! Between mixers, cocktail parties, weddings, and engagement parties, the booze is free-flowing. You should treat yourself, too! Just don’t get too drunk, because this is a legitimately charming movie.
Use of Your Netflix Subscription: Get The Urge To Merge
If you like romantic comedies, give this seriously underrated one a shot! So often a romantic lead is manipulative, semi-rapey, or just a douche–but in this case, the only deception going on is Tess masquerading as someone more senior than she is. Jack values her for her brain (and her beauty, too, natch), and both their feelings and her ideas are real. I didn’t have to get on my Social Justice Warrior Soapbox once, which is more than I can say for movies like 27 Dresses, Leap Year, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, and so many others. That’s pretty surprising–and refreshing–for a movie made in 1988.
Also, Joan Cusack’s hair is SPECTACULAR. In a “a stiff breeze wouldn’t move it” kind of way.