9 to 5 is a 1980 classic comedy film starring Grace & Frankie.. err I mean Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin – as well as iconic country star Dolly Parton in her film debut.
It revolves around a trio of women working in an office, who become friends with a shared hatred of their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot boss played by Dabney Coleman. There is an underlying theme of the place of women in the workplace in the 1980s, and their treatment by men, but also by other women. Although this theme is central to the plot, it doesn’t bash you over the head with it.
Dolly Parton in her film debut really steals the show. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda really have a chemistry, as their ongoing friendship after this film proves.
Marta Kauffman is the creator of Grace & Frankie, a Netflix sitcom starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, who was also involved with Friends crushed two dreams in one statement:
Here’s the deal. We’re still, I feel, creating a world and the world is ‘Grace and Frankie.’ These are characters you want to know and invest in. And the minute you bring in Dolly Parton — who I love, by the way — it’s ‘9 to 5.’ No matter what you do, the thought is, ‘Oh, look, it’s a ‘9 to 5”’ reunion,’ and you’re taken out of the show. So I will never … well, no, that’s not true. I will say there will never be a ‘Friends’ reunion movie, but I will not say ‘never’ on the Dolly Parton thing.
I enjoyed this movie. It was funny and it was great to see the start of the friendship between Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda after being a fan of Grace & Frankie (also worth a watch). I do suspect however, that most of the reason that the movie is memorable and part of pop culture is due to the iconic song of the same name by Dolly Parton.