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.