The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada (2006). 110 minutes, 20th Century Fox. Directed by David Frankel.

This an unpleasant, annoying movie about unpleasant, annoying people.

Apparently I’m not the target for this movie. I thought it would be a fun film about people working for a “boss from hell” and how the hell-boss eventually gets their comeuppance. Instead, it’s a movie about a boss from hell and how everyone else who works for her is also a person from hell, and how someone you think might be a halfway decent person turns out to just be another denizen of hell.

I know nothing about the world of fashion. I’ve read that the character Miranda, played by Meryl Streep, is loosely based on some actual real-world person. If that’s true, whoever that real person is must be the most miserable, pointless excuse for human existence the world has ever known. Why… why… would anyone, anywhere, live or work in such an environment? The first second I was treated the way anyone in this film is treated, I would’ve said, “You can shove this job right up your ass. See ya”, and walked out the door. In any organization I’ve ever worked for, “Miranda” would’ve lasted about 3 days before everyone who worked for her would’ve sabotaged her every move.

At least half a dozen times, some character or another says something along the lines of “millions of people would kill for this job”, etc. Really? I find that really, really hard to believe. I found this whole movie hard to believe – and I like science fiction and comic book super heroes!

Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. Watching this movie was an unpleasant and grating experience. I actually tossed this DVD into the trash after we finished watching it. It was not funny, not enlightening, not… anything. Avoid this. And for god’s sake, if anyone out their works in the field of fashion, and if it actually is anything remotely like what is portrayed in this film… then may I suggest you please find a more uplifting line of employment, such as working in a slaughterhouse or dissecting human cadavers.

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