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Release Date: October 25, 1996

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach, Tim Daly, & Bebe Neuwirth

Genre: Comedy

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Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 120 minutes

Distributor: Hollywood Pictures

Director: Donald Petrie

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Producer: Frederic Golchan, Patrick Markey & Adam Leipzig

Writer: Nick Thiel

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Content:

(Pa, LL, SS, Ho, NN, A, D, M) Pagan worldview depicting the struggle of a woman in the corporate world; 19 obscenities & 3 profanities; no violence; sexual innuendo, sexual advances by woman to woman dressed as man, sexual dancing at strip club, & cross-dressing & implied homosexuality; brief upper female nudity & woman in lingerie; alcohol use & abuse; cigar smoking; and, creating a large deception for career advancement & male bashing

Summary:

THE ASSOCIATE stars Whoopi Goldberg as a scorned woman who creates a fictional, white male partner to start a financial consulting firm in New York City. This movie attempts to show that it isn't race or gender that should be rewarded but ambition and ideas. Although the right idea, this movie attacks white males with fraud and deceit. It also contains sexual innuendo and cross-dressing.

Review:

THE ASSOCIATE stars Whoopi Goldberg as a scorned woman who creates a fictional white male partner to start a financial consulting firm in New York City. Goldberg plays Laurel Ayers , a successful analyst. At promotion time, she gets passed over for a male colleague. Infuriated, she starts her own company. During one meeting, she lies to a white male CEO and says that her partner "Robert S. Cutty " drafted the proposal. The CEO accepts the proposal, and the bogus Cutty is given accolades and credit. When Cutty is subpoenaed for possible fraud, Laurel dresses up as Cutty . While escaping the advances of the sexually charged Camille, Laurel as Cutty devises a shocking expose that will put an end to the Cutty charade for good.

THE ASSOCIATE is not a well made movie. It is not funny. As a stab against the WASP financial establishment, this movie attempts to show that it isn't race or gender that should be rewarded but ambition and ideas. Although a noble idea, this movie attacks white-male leaders through fraud and deceit. The lesson, it seems, is to lie, cheat and steal your way to the top. Coupled with cross-dressing and sexual innuendo, it is not a moral or entertaining movie.

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