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Video Rewind: She Works Hard for the Money

Updated on November 6, 2014
Mr. Egg (Frank Dent) loves his job as he trains not-so thrilled Christina Applegate in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
Mr. Egg (Frank Dent) loves his job as he trains not-so thrilled Christina Applegate in Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

"Take the NEY out of New York and what do you have?"

- Kathy Kinney (Joan in Parting Glances)


No matter how you earn a living you still have to go to that dreaded four letter word everyday.

In an effort to make us feel better, Hollywood has shown us what the working life should be like (and just how easy it is to get a job, well, when getting a job was easier).

Michelle Pfeiffer finds that looking for a job can be a pain in Married to the Mob and when she does get a job its as a shampoo girl at a run down beauty salon. It works for her since she'll never be late for work with living directly across the street. Finding a job that close to home would be any persons dream.

But, had she taken Christina Applegate's advice, she could have been an executive assistant at the ripe old age of 18. All it took for Applegate was a little lying on her resume and being in the right place at the right time.

While Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead wasn't a huge box office hit, Applegate and crew do a great job with showing what life should be like in the office. Who wouldn't want a boss like Joanna Cassidy? She's carefree, fun, a little ditzy and thinks all problems can be solved with food.

Then there's Bruce and Carolyn (David Duchovny and Jayne Brook) who are trying to climb the corporate ladder but can't. The two scheme to bring down Applegate, but cluelessly she's always one step ahead of them.

Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton seem to think a little blackmail is good for business in 9 to 5. The trio star as secretaries who have a fantasy of "bumping off the boss" and one Friday after work their fantasy comes true.

Instead of bumping Dabney Coleman off, they kidnap him and discover he's been embezzling from the company. While they think they'll have him tied up for a couple of days, it turns into a two month ordeal for him and they take it upon themselves to make a few improvements within the company.

When the tables are turned and he manages to escape he returns to work only to hate what they've done to make their jobs easier. But the tables are turned once more on him.

But, if you're looking for something with a little more dish to it, try The Best of Everything which takes place in the world of publishing and a look at secretarial life in the 1950's. It's full of gossip, romance, backstabbing and even has Joan Crawford in it!

The workday may be unfair but hopefully these movies will make you feel a little better about your job.

A wash and set for Mike Downey (Matthew Modine) as given by Michelle Pfeiffer in Married to the Mob
A wash and set for Mike Downey (Matthew Modine) as given by Michelle Pfeiffer in Married to the Mob

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