The Whole 9 to 5 Gang Is Heading Back to the Office

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Back in February, there were whispers that Rashida Jones was in talks to remake 9 to 5 for “the #MeToo era.” This confused me, considering that 9 to 5 is already a movie about sexual harassment and predatory office politics—politics which arguably haven’t changed since 1980. You really don’t have to bend over backwards to update it with a #MeToo framework! But now a sequel is officially getting made, and the holy trinity of Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, and Lily Tomlin are all returning.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Fonda told press at the Television Critics Association that she’ll be working on the sequel as an executive producer, and that the film might incorporate how technology has made every office a panopticon of never-ending work! “I’m sorry to say the situation is worse today,” she said. “Today a lot of the workforce is hired by an outside company. Who do you talk to if you have a problem?”

I wonder how 9 to 5 will deal with a typical 2018 workplace, i.e. one that’s primarily composed of freelancers, lack of benefits, worthy salaries, Slack, and a workday that’s actually more like 9 to 9!

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As The Hollywood Reporter notes, “9 to 5 remains one of the highest-grossing box office comedies of all time, with a whopping $356 million adjusted haul (103.3 million in 1980).”

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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A couple years ago I was having a drink with a friend at Bar Centrale in Manhattan — it’s a tiny piano bar that’s practically in Times Square but because it’s near the theatre district and it’s unmarked and just looks like a residential townhouse from the outside (masking it from tourists), random celebrities often go there after Broadway shows (I’ve seen everyone from Fran Drescher to Cate Blanchett to Glenn Close there).. Anyway, that particular night I was sitting at the bar when my friend pointed out that Lily Tomlin was across the room having dinner. A few minutes later my friend left to go to the bathroom and Lily Tomlin stepped right up beside me to settle up her bill with the bartender. But as she handed over her card to pay the check, the bartender looked at it and told her that unfortunately they didn’t take Discover cards. She was flabbergasted and turned to me and was like, “can you believe this place doesn’t take Discover?” And I was like “whaaat? That’s crazy” because like what else do you say to Lily Tomlin. Then, as I was thinking to myself that I was about to have to (get to?) pay Lily Tomlin’s bill, she fished out enough cash from her purse, handed it to the bartender, and said to me, “well that’s all the cash I had for the weekend.” And then she left.

Anyway, long story short, I AM HERE FOR THIS.