Head for Business and a Bod for Sin March 6, 2007Posted by Liz in Working Girl.
Two moments in “Working Girl” caught me off guard. Based on the reaction of the room of student’s watching the film, I wasn’t alone in my surprise when Melanie Griffith pranced across the screen, vacuuming topless. It seems unfitting that a movie that aims to be a modern-day, empowering Cinderella story would toss in a flash of gratuitous nudity for good measure. I was also surprised by the moment at the end of the film when Jack packs Tess a lunchbox, complete with a sandwich in a little baggy and new pencils, and tells her to “play nicely with the other kids”, or something along those lines. This act seems degrading and hardly the way to send off your girlfriend on her first day at an exciting new job. That having been said, I did think that the film’s portrayal of a woman who is essentially able to have it all and be it all by utilizing her “head for business” and “bod for sin” was ultimately very empowering. Oftentimes, and not just in the case of working women, but of working men as well, personal lives get in the way of work and vice versa. But in Tess’s case, by slightly impetuously mixing business with pleasure, she is able to sustain control of both worlds at the same time- a lofty achievement.