Let’s talk about The Devil Wears Prada, a cinematic masterpiece with three amazing female leads (two Oscar winners) and Meryl Streep. This in itself makes it sound like the best film in the history of cinema, alas it is riddled with irritating characters who are selfish, rude and ungrateful. As much as I love the film, I hate it just as much. In fact, I hate the characters so much I made list of the four worst things about The Devil Wears Prada.
Andy Thinks She’s Too Good For Fashion:
Okay, let me set the scene: Andy is a newly graduated journalist living in New York City who wants to write hard news and be a real journalist. However, she ends up as an assistant to the formidable Editor-in-Chief of Runway (read: Vogue) a.k.a. Miranda Priestly. A job “a million girls would kill for” (eg. me and anyone who cares about fashion, so basically not Andy). So here we are with someone who is under qualified and gives a terrible interview and gets the job. She doesn’t know the industry, nor does she even know who Miranda Priestly is. Now I do not care how into hard line news you are, everyone knows who Anna Wintour is in the real world (at least those worth talking to), so with this magazine as the fictional version of Vogue everyone would know who Miranda Priestly was.
Andy’s Boyfriend Is A Dick:
I went out of my way to Google what his name is, because he is literally the worst person in this whole film. And that’s saying a lot. So Nate is Andy’s boyfriend who is also a chef and is pretentious. Now, they are both pretentious, so they suit each other well. However, Andy just got a job to pay the bills and the rent in her sizable New York apartment. (Unless this is set in the same universe as Sex and the City then she’s literally paying peanuts for her apartment) He’s basically a dick the whole way through the film, he wants her to quit her job from the get go because it affects him, I guess. Even though the job is so sought after, he just doesn’t care about her career. She’s in a very cut throat industry and she needs to climb through the ranks. That will mean late nights and basically doing whatever is needed. Even if she misses his birthday, I’m sure he never missed any of her birthdays working as a chef in some artsy late night bistro that only serves bellinis and organic bruschetta, or whatever.
Her Friends Are Dicks:
All her friends make fun of her for getting a job in the fashion industry. They constantly complain about her not spending anytime with them. They’re a group of adults for God sake, this is not shocking, these things happen as you grow up. They also say she’s changed because she has actually responsibilities (maybe she does spend too much time at Miranda Priestly’s beck and call but anyway). As well as making fun of the way she dresses despite the fact that Andy dressed like a bag lady at the start of the film and she just decided to, ya know, try to look presentable for work. But the icing on the cake is when she gives them all expensive presents and they still complain and give out that she has to go do her job. Please guys just stop this.
Andy Is A Dick:
Okay, I know I already said she was pretentious but I need to give Andy being a terrible person her own little section. So apart from her being ungrateful for getting a job that really sets her up to grow and climb in the journalism business, she’s just not a good person. She’s not even particularly good at her job. She seems to just luck out all the time. Instead of just following simple instructions, Andy always has to make things worse. I still don’t understand why she didn’t just leave the “Book”, a mock-up of the upcoming edition, on one of the tables downstairs. I understand she got confused because there were so many tables and so many flowers, don’t listen to children. Drop the book and run. She makes fun of Emily before she transforms into her and takes her biggest dream away from her (under duress admittedly but I was always on Emily’s side) She laughs at the stylists trying to choose between belts that are similar BUT CLEARLY NOT THE SAME ANDY DON’T BE SO RUDE! Andy is terrible, ungrateful and rude af.