The Associate

6.11 h 53 min1996PG-13
Laurel hits the "glass ceiling" and she invents a male "associate."
Donald Petrie
Whoopi GoldbergDianne Wiest
English [CC]
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1477 global ratings

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Rachel N. W.Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Strong women in strong roles with a lot of laughs
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Whoopi Goldberg & Dianne Wiest are powerful and funny in this film that explores gender roles, sexism and to a lesser degree racism.

Whoopi is a talented, top employee at an investment firm, with a young male co-worker that she trained. When she is passed over and the young male is given "her" promotion, she quits to start her own firm.

Things don't go so well and she takes on a drastic makeover to break into the male dominated world of high finance.

I like that this movie includes a LOT of classic stereotypes....sensitivity to weeping women, stip club deal closings, general denegrating verbal utterings about pms, disparaging secretarial/personal assistant labor.... it demonstrates how ingrained these things are in the actions and language of our culture and challenges the "why ".

Don't worry, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously, there are lots of laughs to be had.

I love Whoopi for her commanding presence, grace and strength. I LOVE Dianne's character because it shows that a woman can be nurturing, bubbly, sweet and ALSO brilliant, effective and successful.
14 people found this helpful
sherylReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Apparently there are certain videos for sale on Amazon that a normal computer will not play unless you spend $70 on some piece of software. I have a new Windows 10, and the video says it's incompatible with my system. There is a company CyberLinks that produces videos. However, you don't know that until after you have purchased the video as it is not anywhere on the container of the product that lets you know that you just can't pop it into your DVD player and expect it to work. I spent the time trying to join CyberLink just to find out basic information and bottom line is they expect you to spend $70 to watch their videos, and that's it.
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LeguminatorReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
I love this stupid movie
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I think we all have movies that we can watch over and over on a snowy day or just a Sunday on the sofa recovering from Saturday because they somehow click with us personally and become like movie friends to us. These are the kind of movies you've seen so many times that you can start watching at any point and want to stay to the end. For me, this is one of them, I've probably seen it a dozen times at least. It's just silly, unrealistic fun with some really great actors --- Whoopi, Eli Wallach, Dianne Wiest, Bebe Neuwirth, Lanie Kazan. This isn't a movie I'd put on my '10 Best List' but it would certainly make my '10 Best Comfort Food Movies'
8 people found this helpful
W. M. TYLERReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie to watch
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I enjoyed watching this movie it was really great movie to watch on how she opened up her own business and show that women have just as much right as men and women should not be treated different because their sex she showed the man how a woman can't run a business just as good as a man and sometimes better I enjoyed watching this movie thank you very much sincerely WILLIAM TYLER
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Karen D. Larry-MoyerReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
I think this is a little gem of a movie
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i saw this when it was originally in the theater. It made a great statement on the times - Greed was quite rampant - mergers and buy outs and women struggling to make a scratch on the glass ceiling. It is gentle humor with a few laugh out loud moments. Since I was finally able to get it on video I watched it twice in a row one afternoon. I still think it is a charmer !
4 people found this helpful
Jeffrey SReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Whoppie Goldberg stars in a classic comedy-drama as a minority woman trying to make her own mark in a white-male world.
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Whoppie Goldberg stars as a Wall Street genius who has to work ten times harder than her male counterparts to even be considered an equal. After leaving her job for a prominent Wall Street firm, she starts her own firm only to discover that it's almost impossible for a woman to compete in a male-dominated "club".
I won't spoil the rest of the plot, but the movie contains her hysterical antics as well as the struggles of "everywoman" to be able to find a place in society that doesn't always consider her an equal.
It's a must see!
3 people found this helpful
Andrew M #40Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! The Blu ray itself is lacking.
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This is one of those films that, whenever it was on cable, I would always watch. I FINALLY broke down and bought it and enjoyed seeing from beginning to end, uninterrupted, in HD. The transfer is above average, sound is ok. Everything just feels cheap and thrown together. This is a real gem of a movie. Whoopi and Diane Weist and the filmmakers, way ahead of their time on this. Sorry, I'm not going to write about the plot, you can read that any where. So I won't comment on the themes and why it's important. Just know- I'm glad I bought the Blu ray, yet I would buy digital version and own that if it was cheaper.
WOReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
The worst product
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This is the second time that I've ordered this movie and both times the movie would not play. I have a Blu-Ray DVD player and it plays all of my DVDs except this one?? Both times?? I am extremely upset with the product.
This was a very good movie; however, it seems that the DVDs, that I've received, does not want you to watch it at home - other than through cable or network TV.
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