Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Favorite Fictional Character --- Tess McGill


I was going to end this month and this year with another Christmas FFC, but I realized 4 a month would be fine.  So instead I'm going back to one of my favorite movies of the 80s and a character that I love for a lot of the same reasons I love Brantley Foster from "The Secret of My Success".


Tess McGill, from "Working Girl", is a bright young woman who is tired of being stuck in the secretarial pool and when she realizes she is never going to get where she wants in her current job, it's off to the next one.  At first she thinks she found the dream job, she has an understanding boss (Sigourney Weaver) who is willing to listen to ideas and even share the glory if they come true.  So when Tess comes up with a terrific idea for an acquisition, she takes it to her boss and when she's told it didnt' pan out, she didnt' think much of it.

Tess didn't discover the truth until a skiing accident left the boss hospitalized in another state.  When Tess is set on a mission to her home in order to send a few things out to her, she discovers that in fact the idea did pan out and that the deal is already in the works.  Now I don't know about you, but that would have pissed me off.  Unlike Tess though, I probably would have spilled the beans right then and there, and then quit.  Luckily Tess didn't do that.  Instead she decides to get even and impersonates her boss in order to close the deal and maybe the her bosses old job.

Tess is a strong, independent woman who goes for what she wants and refuses to back down when others keep putting roadblocks in her way.  She goes for the job and the man, and ends up with both.  She is also that kind of person that is always underestimated and not normally taken very seriously.  She is a little ditsy, with over the top hair and a sense of style that only a child of the 80s could love.  But underneath all that is a keen intellect and a drive to succeed, a wonderful combination to have in a character.

6 comments:

carolsnotebook said...

Another 80s movie that I missed. Sounds like a character I would enjoy, though.

Staci said...

I loved this movie and check out that hair..many of my friends had the same exact hair style!!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Love this movie too. Can't even tell you how many times I've seen it, but it never gets old! And this is another movie I saw when I worked at the movie theater in the late 80s. I think I told you before...I remember every movie I saw when I was working there...LOL!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I loved this movie and Tess was awesome!

Lisa said...

Love, love this movie! Oh that hair and those clothes--even when Tess is glammed up, it's still such big hair.

Ceri said...

Love that film so much. I loved Sigourney in that film too. Ooh, you've got me in the mood for it now. May put it on tonight. :D