The Associate (1996)

DONALD PETRIE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1996.  Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Frederic Golchan Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the screenplay L’Associe by , , from the novel El Socio by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Whoopi Goldberg is her usual winning self as a frustrated financial stock broker who decides to start her own company after realizing she has hit the glass ceiling in her sexist workplace. As a front for her new business, she invents a mythical old white man who really runs the joint, keeping the charade going until her employer is finally required to appear at a make-or-break function. Dianne Wiest is delightful as a fellow career climber who decides to work for Goldberg even though she’s not quite sure what’s going on. Lots of laughs, especially from a small supporting role by , but not very memorable.

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