In the words of that comically sexist cigarette ad campaign, "You've come a long way, baby!"

In the words of that comically sexist cigarette ad campaign, "You've come a long way, baby!"

The new film "Made in Dagenham" tells a tale of workplace gender inequality that's just a few decades old. It's a feel-good tale, until you think about how recently this was the norm.

Set in a Ford Motor plant near London, the film depicts an uprising of female workers who receive a fraction of the pay of their male counterparts. They're led by Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins).

Despite its theme, "Dagenham" is a generally upbeat tale, mostly because of Hawkins. As in her breakout "Happy Go-Lucky," she's irrepressible here. Not that anyone would want to repress her. She's such a great actress.

Be warned: I'm a total Anglophile, and even I found the Brit accents thick. The happily-ever-after ending also feels a bit flip, considering that the fight for equal pay continues, but "Dagenham" is a well-acted romp with a conscience.