In honor of the end of the work week, here is 1980’s 9-5.
While directed by a dude, it’s ladywritten (Patricia Resnick) and ladystarred with the incredible ladycast of Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, and Jane Fonda!
The premise (IMDB): Three female employees of a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” find a way to turn the tables on him.
And, oh do they everrr. It’s a kind of silly movie, but in a happy, nice, really funny way. But also a little dark, as you can see below!
And Dolly Parton’s 9-5 WILL get stuck in your head forever if you watch this:
I watched Wet Hot American Summer last weekend, and it reminded me of how much I LOVE JANEANE GAROFALO.
She’s wayyy more interesting than blah Winona Ryder character in Reality Bites. She gets the party started:
I even loved her in The Truth About Cats and Dogs, a kind of silly spin on Cyrano de Bergerac where she plays a cat-loving, cello-playing talk show host.
So whenever I see her in a movie, I know at least the Janeane parts will be interesting!
But really, her stand-up comedy is great, she had a show on Air America, and she’s a progressive activist! Here’s some minute-long stand-up:
Awwwwww. You’re still cool, Janeane!
It’s pretty amazing that she decided to quit SNL because, according to the illustrious Wikipedia (yeah, I do my research):
She left SNL in March 1995 (mid-season) after only six months, saying that the experience left her “anxious and depressed” and that a sexist attitude pervaded the show and she called many of the sketches “juvenile and homophobic.”. According to New York Magazine, Garofalo was “largely stuck in dull, secondary wife and girlfriend roles” and her friends said that she considered the stint “the most miserable experience of [her] life.”
SNL sux. J/K. Not really. Sometimes it kind of does. Janeane don’t need them!
Barthes in action. (Thanks IMDB.)
Even though I watched this on a bored whim, with no expectations, I noticed right away it was special. The tone of the film caused a kind of pleasant and lonely ennui(?) which I haven’t often felt during my movie-gazing times. (I also experienced this while watching fellow lady-filmmaker Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.) Cold Souls was funny, but in a very understated, quiet, sad way. I was happily surprised to learn it was written and directed by a lady, Sophie Barthes. And it’s her first feature-length film! What will you do next, Sophie?!
You can watch the trailer too, but it’s kind of bad. Ignore the music and expect a treat by Russian actress Dina Korzun, who is barely shown in the trailer at all! Sad! But it is nice seeing Paul Giamatti playing Paul Giamatti.