It’s been four decades since the release of the classic movie 9 to 5 and now, all these years later, a documentary is coming out that will hit Netflix in the US in July 2021.
Released in 1980, the comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton broke through. It saw three women working together in a company ruled by a selfish bigot and plotting revenge.
While done in a lighthearted way, the film had some serious undertones that will be explored in the documentary set to be released on Netflix in the United States on July 22, 2021.
titled Still working from 9 to 5, the documentary looks back at the impact of the film and also examines what remains to be done to drive change to tackle inequality in the workplace.
As described by the self-financed film’s website, the documentary examines “the comedic tone of the film and how it resonated with broad audiences at a time when its feminist message was rejected and/or feared by much of the population. “
The documentary features interviews with the original cast and other special guests, including Rita Moreno, Allison Janney, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Langford, Dabney Coleman, Megan Hilty and Joel Mantello.
The documentary is being directed by Camille Hardman and Gary Lane. Hardman has been involved in numerous reality projects over the years, including: Restored while Lane notably produced the documentary Hollywood to Dollywood.
While this isn’t quite the reunion many had hoped for, there is renewed hope that the reunion could, in fact, take place in Netflix’s comedy series, Grace & Frankie. That show is currently gearing up to begin production on its seventh and expanded final season.
A continuation on 9 to 5 it’s been rumored for a long time, though it was reported in November 2019 that it was provisionally scrapped.
We’ll let you know more about regional availability for Still working from 9 to 5 if and when we get it. For now, here’s an additional excerpt from Lily Tomlin’s interview segment.