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Working Girls Movie Review Summary

Actors: Louise Smith, Deborah Banks, Liz Caldwell, Marusia Zach, Amanda Goodwin

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Working Girls

Co-writer and director Lizzie Borden produced this 1986 story of life and work in an upscale Manhattan brothel. Molly is a Yale graduate with degrees in history and English lit, and a lesbian whose lover doesn't know what she does for a living. Dawn is a law student, other girls are older and have more modest dreams. The "phone girl" takes calls and makes appointments or does the sales pitch, while the other women make idle small talk. The male clients request to play out their old and deep needs, in which the prostitutes sometimes seem no more than a supporting cast--occasionally sympathetic, often secretly amused and contemptuous. The film has a rough, documentary-like feel; it does not glamorize the dullness, pain, and demoralizing nature of the work, though the story dwells more on management and business aspects -- how the characters try to manipulate one another and avoid being manipulated -- than the sex.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Script Analysis of Working Girls

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Lesbians! Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   prostitute

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   prostitute/concubine Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   use of artificial tools    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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