The Associate (1996)

THE ASSOCIATE is a glass-ceiling comedy that culminates with Whoopi 
Goldberg impersonating the male business partner that her character 
(a Wall Street wizard) invents to attract clients.  Her disguise--  
a make-up job a la MRS. DOUBTFIRE-- is a walking embarrassment, but 
it happens late in the movie and after we've had our laughs.  (With 
the exception of a urination gag that's arguably worth the price of 
admission, the story doesn't know what to do with him/her.)  Much 
more interesting is how the movie makes no notice of Whoopi's race 
or her outrageous appearance.  Would she need a partner if she got 
a haircut?  And who's the guy playing the female gossip columnist?  
That's a man dressed as a woman, no?  (Rated "PG"/113 min.)

Grade: C+

Copyright 1996 by Michael J. Legeros

Originally posted to triangle.movies in MOVIE HELL: October 24, 1996

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