We’re Getting a ‘9 to 5’ Sequel and the Gang’s All Here

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With the success of Grace and Frankie on Netflix, the popularity of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin was introduced to a younger generation. The dynamic between the two is outstanding. But this isn’t the first time those two have acted together. In 1980, a movie called 9 to 5 about 3 women who work under a terrible boss released and has stayed a female-centric classic. I personally love that movie. It’s funny and has a great female wins scenario. For those of you that join me in being fans, it’s time to celebrate, because we’re getting a sequel with the original cast and with the problems in the offices of today.

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According to ET, Jane Fonda spoke on the sequel while onstage at the Summer Televsion Critics Association press tour and updated the crowd on the idea of a 9 to 5 sequel. She had this to say:

“For right now, Dolly [Parton], Lily [Tomlin] and I are all intending to be in it.”

“I’m only 80, and there’s still a few decades to go if I’m lucky. I never thought I would live this long, so I feel great about it.”

Rashida Jones is writing the sequel and Fonda and Tomlin are set to act as executive producers.

9 to 5 stars Fonda, Tomlin and the incomparable Dolly Parton. They are three working women who are subjected to the WORST boss: a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot. Doralee (Parton) is constantly sexually harassed, Judy (Fonda) is the newb in town and just trying to get by and Violet (Tomlin) is the one who is passed up for higher positions for men with less experience and she consistently dreams of slipping rat poison into his coffee.

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One day, when Violet believes she’s accidentally poisoned her boss, hijinx ensue and their boss, Franklin Hart Jr. (Dabney Coleman) ends up in a precarious position at the mercy of these women who just want a fair shake in the workplace. It is “women fight back against their oppressors” kind of film and it is hilarious. This is at a time when Tomlin and Parton were in their acting heyday and at the top of their games.

I certainly hope this sequel makes it all the way. For these amazing and hilarious ladies to tackle the corporate issues for women today would bring it to a new generation and give fans of the original a dose of nostalgia.

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