movies about work

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can yall help me list some movies where people going to work and doing their jobs is central and not just incidental to the plot

imo work is an underrated and under-explored topic in film and tv. given that most people spend the majority of their lives at work, it's weird how foregrounded leisure is in media

looking for the opposite of the 00s workplace sitcom (office, mindy proj, parks & rec) where technically speaking they're at work but it's really just a fantasy and they spend every episode playing hide-and-go-seek in the office

bonus for more banal or common jobs, less interested in fascinating or unusual jobs that are inherently interesting. by no means limited to office jobs but on the working class to white collar spectrum

gonna start it off with some obvious ones:

- His Girl Friday (1940)
- Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
- Office Space (1999)
- Working Girl (1985)
- Broadcast News (1987)
- Horrible Bosses (2011)

flopson, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:08 (one month ago) link

-Clockwatchers, 1997

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:13 (one month ago) link

Modern Times (Chaplin)

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:14 (one month ago) link

Wrong board?

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:14 (one month ago) link

- The Shop Around the Corner (1940) ftw

Spocks on the Run (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:15 (one month ago) link

9 to 5 (1980)

mookieproof, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:15 (one month ago) link

Wrong board?

― herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Saturday, May 23, 2020 5:14 PM (fifty-two seconds ago) bookmarkflaglink

lol yup, whoops

flopson, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:15 (one month ago) link

Repo Man

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:16 (one month ago) link

8 Minutes Idle (2012)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

come out you melts and bams (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:20 (one month ago) link

A fair amount of work stuff in
Yi Yi (2000)

come out you melts and bams (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:24 (one month ago) link

I can't move threads, it crashes the site. Maybe restart on ILE and paste all this into the new thread before it gets too big.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:25 (one month ago) link

The Front Page
Spotlight
Breathing (Austrian kid on probation works in a morgue)
Monsieur Lazhar (teacher in Montreal)

punning display, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:27 (one month ago) link

xp- thx. doesn't really bother me tbh as i use SNA

flopson, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:28 (one month ago) link

ok

Norma Rae
The Last Laugh (1924)

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:29 (one month ago) link

Brazil
Primer

Maresn3st, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:31 (one month ago) link

Silkwood (1983)

brimstead, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

Paterson (2016)

visiting, Saturday, 23 May 2020 22:04 (one month ago) link

The title is a give away.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Saturday, 23 May 2020 22:13 (one month ago) link

Blue Collar came to mind but I don’t remember how much actual working goes on

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 23 May 2020 22:26 (one month ago) link

It is hard to think of many that are about commonplace jobs where no torrid romances, criminal mischief or nuclear accidents arise to liven things up and become the real subject, not so much the work itself.

Was it Hitchcock who said that work is like movies without all the lively bits added in?

punning display, Sunday, 24 May 2020 00:16 (one month ago) link

Office Space

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 00:34 (one month ago) link

it's weird how foregrounded leisure is in media

no it's not

budo jeru, Sunday, 24 May 2020 00:34 (one month ago) link

xp (oh whoops, already said)

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 00:38 (one month ago) link

It is hard to think of many that are about commonplace jobs where no torrid romances, criminal mischief or nuclear accidents arise to liven things up and become the real subject, not so much the work itself.

mb filmmakers just dont have the stones to represent the crushing toil of life as it really is

flopson, Sunday, 24 May 2020 00:58 (one month ago) link

There are def. movies that capture the rhythms and monotony of everyday work (like many named here), but usually they get into other stuff too, b/c who wants to watch 2 hrs of people working with nothing remarkable happening.

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 01:00 (one month ago) link

(then there are plenty of movies where the protags are technically “at work” at the fascinating/unusual jobs you mentioned — fighter pilot, male stripper, country music star, secret agent on her majesty’s secret service, crusading archaeologist, etc., etc.)

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 01:07 (one month ago) link

Sorry to Bother You

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Sunday, 24 May 2020 01:14 (one month ago) link

imo work is an underrated and under-explored topic in film and tv. given that most people spend the majority of their lives at work, it's weird how foregrounded leisure is in media

I've long felt the same way about school in film/TV.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 24 May 2020 01:18 (one month ago) link

Australian sitcom Dreamland was p good satire of work in a civil service office.

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 24 May 2020 01:21 (one month ago) link

Roma

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Sunday, 24 May 2020 01:23 (one month ago) link

(not a hide-and-seek deal either iirc) xp

Feel a million filaments (Sund4r), Sunday, 24 May 2020 01:24 (one month ago) link

Groundhog Day
Network

that's not my post, Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:07 (one month ago) link

Repo Man

that's not my post, Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:09 (one month ago) link

Support the Girls

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:11 (one month ago) link

xp I already said Repo Man, guy

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:23 (one month ago) link

The Apartment (sort of)

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:27 (one month ago) link

Big (fantasy elements aside, a good office-politics movie)

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:28 (one month ago) link

clerks

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:29 (one month ago) link

Gung Ho

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:40 (one month ago) link

Baby Boom

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:48 (one month ago) link

The Devil Wears Prada

Inadequate grass (morrisp), Sunday, 24 May 2020 02:52 (one month ago) link

Adventureland is actually good on the workplace, even if it's not the main thing in the film.

clemenza, Sunday, 24 May 2020 03:00 (one month ago) link

killer of sheep
la classe operaia va in paradiso
la noire de...

donna rouge, Sunday, 24 May 2020 03:17 (one month ago) link

the chambermaid (2018)

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 24 May 2020 05:09 (one month ago) link

mb filmmakers just dont have the stones to represent the crushing toil of life as it really is

Another Fassbinder,

https://www.berlinale.de/media/nrwd/filmstills/2008/retrospektive/5457_0001_IMG_FIX_700x700.jpg

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Sunday, 24 May 2020 09:27 (one month ago) link

Hudsucker Proxy?

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Sunday, 24 May 2020 10:02 (one month ago) link

The Intern
Empire Records

Roz, Sunday, 24 May 2020 10:31 (one month ago) link

Relevant recent monograph:

https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-process-genre

“Process genre” films are not precisely coextensive with films about work tho

silby, Sunday, 24 May 2020 23:54 (one month ago) link


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