June 30, 2006, - 1:19 pm

Weekend Box Office: Neo-Slacker Superhero; Bearable Chick Flick

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* “The Devil Wears Prada“–Chick lit becomes chick flick. We’re generally not fans of chick flicks, but found this one surprisingly bearable and somewhat entertaining, despite the unbearable, tortuous behavior of two of the characters in the film–the fashion magazine editor (Meryl Streep) and her first assistant.
Guys, if you must take your female significant other to a chick flick, this is the one. It shows how catty, predatory, and vengeful female co-workers and bosses can be. This is the new equality? Yup. Streep claims she modeled her character on men. But don’t believe it. Even the worst male boss can’t be this bad, this vicious and obtuse. Men don’t feel the need to overcompensate for their gender by employing such ill behavior.
This movie is the story of Andrea/Andie (Ann Hathaway) and her job at “Runway Magazine,” working for uber-selfish and demanding boss Miranda Priestly, the mag’s editor (Streep). She’s the boss from hell. The movie’s taken from the book of the same name written by a woman who worked for Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
The non-materialistic Andie is shunned by the materialistic Miranda and other catty chicks at Runway. But she becomes fashion conscious like them and “transforms” herself, only to discover she has no life and is a slave to fashion and an excessively demanding boss.
Light and fun, if hokey.

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3 Responses

I had a boss like that once. I ended up telling her to F- off. It felt good!

AirborneVet on June 30, 2006 at 2:21 pm

I pretty much agree with you, except I would add that there were a lot of “sit – com” style ‘set – up jokes’.
It was pretty funny. I went to see it to see Ann Hathaway and Meryl Streep (the anti – Julie Andrews) go at it.
I didn’t even think of it as a chick flick until all the couples flocked in.

fd10801 on July 2, 2006 at 12:33 pm

I liked the movie a lot. I am not normally a fan of Meryl Streep but she was excellent.

Ripper on July 5, 2006 at 9:13 am

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