Director: Mike Nichols
Year Released: 1988
Ambitious Tess (Melanie Griffith) - who went to night school to study business - starts out working for odious stock broker Lutz (Oliver Platt), gets out of that gig, then is hired to assist Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), who's in the mergers and acquisitions field, but when Katharine has a skiing accident and Tess is tending to her lavish home, she finds out her new boss is trying to steal her idea (to get a corporation called Trask Industries to purchase a radio company). For this you can see the gears creakily turning the entire time - it unfolds most predictably - and it relies largely on what's supposed to be Griffith's "adorableness": with her soft, cracked voice and wildly permed hair she's the blue collar dame in a white collar world and yet she always looks completely befuddled to me ... and I've already seen enough of Judy Holliday to know who would have worked in the role. Harrison Ford is a bright spot as Tess' lover - he doesn't sexually assault her when she's passed out, so he might as well be riding a white horse - and Kevin Spacey gets some brief screen time as a drunken pervert. I'm not sure if the ending is a joke or not: she has a new job as an executive and her own assistant, yet really ... she's just another ant in the colony (albeit one with a window).