I was originally going to do a Top 5 movies that revolved around Labor Day – that is harder to find than I thought it would be, People need to make more movies that revolve around Labor Day. It is a great holiday! A day off, the first holiday for most kids right after they have gone back to school and of course it celebrates the most American of all topics, working and money! Seeing as I couldn’t find movies that revolve around this holiday, I decide to pull my top fives movies about work, my Top 5 Labor Day Movies.
Director: Collin Higgins
Starring: Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin & Dabney Coleman
Release Year: 1980
This may have been one of the first movies about work that I ever saw. Very much a girl-power movie, 9 to 5 focuses on the interaction between a misbehaving boss and three female employees. Jane Fonda gets to play the new kid on the block to Lilly Tomlin’s tenured employee. Add in Dolly Parton, in one of her first starring roles, as the sex-pot secretary and you end up with three strong female leads driving this movie from start to finish. On top of these three amazing actors, you have Dabney Coleman in one of my favorite of his roles – the sex crazed, half crazy boss. He is the reason that we have HR departments nowadays,
This flick was far ahead of its time. This is one that I will stop what I am doing if I happen to run across it on TV, I really need to buy a copy of this movie…
Director: Mike Judge
Starring: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu, Diedrich Bader, Stephen Root & Gary Cole
Release Year: 1999
I have watched Office Space too many times to count. Office Space is quotable, funny, snarky and one of my favs of all time in the comedy genre. If you have ever worked in cubeville, this is your kind of movie. From 8 people asking for the same report at the same time, to just really hating your soul-sucking job, we have probably all been there and this is why Office Space made this list.
I never can decide what my favorite part is. Somewhere between the destruction of the fax machine, the dismantling of the cube and cleaning the fish at his desk – I find my joy. There is also the moment where he is talking to the Bobs and being completely honest that makes me wish for that day at the day-job.
Director: Kevin Smith
Starring: Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes
Release Year: 1984
“But I am not even supposed to be here today!”
Potentially the best movie about the service industry ever made. I am a huge Kevin Smith fan and this was the second of his that I saw (saw Mallrats first and then went backwards). Clerks is the perfect movie for Labor Day because it focuses on mind-numbing work. That kind of job where you might have to shut down and go play hockey on the roof. Where you might have to shut down and run to a funeral. Where you might have to come in late for a going away present for a friend – wait that was the sequel.
The Devil Wears Prada
Director: David Frankel
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway & Stanley Tucci
Release Year: 2006
Working for the head of a major fashion magazine sounded like the perfect job. Little did she know that getting that dream job is not all it is cracked up to be. Anne Hathaway is great as the every-woman in this movie but Meryl Streep really sells the title role as the devil wearing Prada. Great movie and of course they end up becoming friends and everything works out, right? Nope, this one is a little more realistic. Hathaway’s character quits the job not wanting to work for or be manipulated by Streep anymore. The movie ends the way that it should and thus makes for a great watch on Labor day.
Miranda Priestly: We have all the published Harry Potter books. The twins want to know what happens next.
Andy Sachs: [realizing with dread] You want the unpublished manuscript.
Miranda Priestly: [baiting] Well, we know everyone in publishing, so it shouldn’t be a problem should it? And you can do anything. Right?
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Starring: Will Farrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell & David Koechner
Release Year: 2004
The most serious workplace drama every chosen for a Labor day movie fest. Hard-hitting drama, it touches on all of those workplace topics that we all watch in this day and age… and at the end of the day invites you to the gun show and the party in my pants!
Anchorman on dealing with other channels encroaching on their turf:
Ron Burgundy: Boy, that escalated quickly… I mean, that really got out of hand fast.
Champ Kind: It jumped up a notch.
Ron Burgundy: It did, didn’t it?
Brick Tamland: Yeah, I stabbed a man in the heart.
Ron Burgundy: I saw that. Brick killed a guy. Did you throw a trident?
Brick Tamland: Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.
Ron Burgundy: Brick, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. You should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while, because you’re probably wanted for murder.
Happy Labor Day Everybody!