SundanceTV’s BABYLON may shine a brighter light than ever on the high-pressure office politics of the televised cop shop, but on-the-job insanity is a proud tradition in the world of movies. Here are ten of the wildest workplaces in the movies, where cubicles become foxholes and it’s never business as usual for long.
Not loving your J.O.B.? For anyone who’s ever wanted to enact the Jet Blue escape plan—open up a hatch and slip down a rubber slide to flee a nine-to-five—here’s a top ten list of movies that’ll help you get through the day.
In an effort to not date myself, one of my all-time favorite movies is the Mike Nichols-directed WORKING GIRL with Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. For me, it reeked of all the right elements: money, power, New York skyscrapers, sharp dialogue, good humor, strong women. It was all about big furs, big breaks and big perms and I loved it.
My favorite scene (duh! of course!) was when Tess McGill (Melanie’s character) had the run of Katherine Parker’s (Sigourney) closet after assuming her identity. The minute she threw open those closet doors you could smell the authority. There it all was: a lady in charge as embodied by a closet full of chic gowns, lush furs, immaculately tailored pantsuits and pencil skirts. You wanted to rummage and try everything on as much as Tess did because like Tess, these weren’t just clothes. No, it was more than that. It was the symbol of that ultimate chic working woman.