In honor of Labor Day, Monday Movies recommends the Onion A/V club’s list of “23 proletariat classics.” It’s a very good list. It’s not quite as biased in favor of blue-collar-cool throwbacks as, say, every campaign commercial ever, but it’s a pronounced tilt. (Working Girls and The Company are smart, non-lunchpail additions.)
I would add 9 to 5 as a canonical labor movie — although there’s no actual union in it, it has a hilarious fantasy enactment of class consciousness, and rhymes historically with the rise of the “pink-collar” workforce. (See also the smartly nicknamed National Association of Working Women, and the zine Processed World.)
Oh, and this one never gets old:
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