Even with my limited experience in the business realm, I loved this movie. It was based on the broadway musical that takes all the stereotypical principles of getting ahead in business and magnifies them. Finch uses a self-help book, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, to start in the mailroom at a large company. Following the steps in the book, he is able to rise to the top.
This story is universal. Everyone knows someone who is following the “rules” to get ahead. Everyone has heard of an incompetent family member who keeps their job solely because of their family ties. Perhaps you work with them? There have been well known accounts of mistresses moving ahead in the business world. We can all relate to the struggle and toil of working.
The music and choreography keep this movie entertaining despite the length of the film. Legendary Bob Fosse choreographed this film. I had not seen his work prior to viewing this movie. Now I’m hooked! I have to see more of his work. Although this movie was made after the heyday of the musical, it proves that when done well, a musical can be entertaining and enjoyable in any decade.
Do you have a favorite musical?
Favorite Line: I have to stop reading Playboy.
Favorite Character: Hedy Larue
Favorite Scene: When Finch trashes his desk to make it look like he’s been working all night.