Cinema: Stenos, Anyone?

NINE TO FIVE

Directed by Colin Higgins Screenplay by Colin Higgins and Patricia Resnick

7 a.m. The metronomic beat begins. The alarm clocks—one square, one frilly, one sensibly round—start ringing. Kiss the kids goodbye. Stop for a red light. 7:55. A city full of female legs: walking, running, bicycling, escalatoring. Hands hail a cab, finger a watch, exchange coins for coffee. The coffee spills on her new pumps. 8:50. Speed-read the morning paper, run for the elevator, just miss it. One pert, frazzled woman checks a scrawled address, enters the anonymous skyscraper,...

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