The Associate

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Comedy

WORKING GIRL for the '90s, a too-nice comedy about triumphing over workplace adversity. There's funny stuff here, but it's undermined by humor that's genial when it should be razor-sharp, and crudely farcical when it needs to be cruelly understated. Whoopi Goldberg plays Laurel Ayres, an investment broker who ignores the glass ceiling until she whacks...read more

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WORKING GIRL for the '90s, a too-nice comedy about triumphing over workplace adversity. There's funny stuff here, but it's undermined by humor that's genial when it should be razor-sharp, and crudely farcical when it needs to be cruelly understated. Whoopi Goldberg plays

Laurel Ayres, an investment broker who ignores the glass ceiling until she whacks her head on it. She starts her own firm, works like a drone and can't get arrested until she invents a partner, a mysterious old white guy named Robert Cutty. Naturally, everyone wants to meet the man behind the

brilliant insights, and Laurel's attempts to keep her non-existent associate out of sight get her into ever hotter water. Goldberg and Diane Weist--playing the plump, middle-aged secretary left behind by the feminist revolution--have great comic chemistry, and the movie ends on a surprisingly

sharp image of marginality: Goldberg, Weist, a drag queen (Kenny Kerr) and a nerd (Austin Pendleton) stepping out of an exclusive men's club and into the snow. But it would be a whole lot funnier if it were a whole lot less polite. And if that isn't a lesson for girls today, we don't know

what is.

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  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: WORKING GIRL for the '90s, a too-nice comedy about triumphing over workplace adversity. There's funny stuff here, but it's undermined by humor that's genial when it should be razor-sharp, and crudely farcical when it needs to be cruelly understated. Whoopi… (more)

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