Business as Usual (1988)

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After seeing her husband fail in fighting a battle to keep his factory open, a manageress loses her job in a disagreement with the manager over sexual harassment of her staff. She accepts ... See full summary »


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2 June 1999 | Lex-11
| Sexual harassment leads to personal revolution
This film sacrifices character development in the name of thinly veiled political statement. Craig Charles was frankly superb, and I'm disappointed that he hasn't worked in film again. Glenda Jackson gave an all round good performance, despite being hobbled by the script and direction.

I enjoy watching this film as a reminder of the halcyon days of the mid-eighties, and to see just what the McGann brothers used to do, before their sit-com days.

The story concerns the plight of a young shop assistant, and her problems with an over bearing boss. When our heroine, Glenda, steps in she is fired and embarks on a transformation from meek shopkeeper to socially right-on campaigner for rights in the work place. Frankly, I am tired of this sort of preachy nonsense.

Barrett's direction was as good as could be expected, given that this is her debut feature. Girl power? Hmm. It's not enough to build a film around, I feel.

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