Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1996. Hollywood Pictures, Interscope Communications, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Frederic Golchan Productions. Screenplay by Nick Thiel, based on the screenplay L’Associe by Jean-Claude Carriere, Rene Gainville, from the novel El Socio by Jenaro Prieto. Cinematography by Alex Nepomniaschy. Produced by Frederic Golchan, Adam Leipzig, Patrick Markey. Music by Christopher Tyng. Production Design by Andrew Jackness. Costume Design by April Ferry. Film Editing by Bonnie Koehler.
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 Bebe Neuwirth, but not very memorable.