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‘Working Girl’ at 30: Why this classic rom-com is still relevant

Blow out the candles for New York City’s most iconic rom-com.

“Working Girl,” the tale of Tess McGill, a Staten Island gal (played winningly by Oscar nominee Melanie Griffith) with big hair, a big heart and even bigger dreams is turning the big 3-0 — and her hometown is throwing a birthday bash in her honor.

Staten Island Arts, a nonprofit which distributes grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, presents a free, interactive screening of the the 1988 Mike Nichols film in the borough’s landmarked St. George Theatre, located 10 minutes from the iconic big orange boat Tess takes to work.

On the milestone birthday, “Working Girl” is newly relevant, Staten Island Arts executive director Elizabeth Bennett tells The Post — “especially in light of the #MeToo movement.”

“When most people think of ‘Working Girl,’ they think of Joan Cusack’s enormous hairdo,” but while the ‘80s fashion and vintage shots of New York City are nostalgic, Bennett is most struck by how, despite “the way that women are viewed within the context of working in business has made some strides, there’s still a lot of truth in there.”

The historic venue’s ornate lobby will be packed with pop-up, movie-inspired stations, including an ‘80s-style “big hair teasing station” staffed by the Electric Hair salon, an assortment of photo booths and a movie poster cutout, and plenty of local merch from vendors such as Staten Island MakerSpace, which will have 3D-printed Staten Island Ferry-shaped earrings for sale ($5 a pair).

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