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The Devil Wears ….. Pinstripes? July 3, 2006

Posted by Amanda in New Squeaks.

The Devil Wears PradaSince I am an intern, I felt like it was required for me to go and see the movie The Devil Wears Prada, with Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Brian, a co-worker, joked about be comparing my boss to to the ‘Devil’, also known as ‘Miranda Priestly’, the lady in charge of Runway Magazine and the fashion industry. Trust me, there is no comparison!

While ‘Andrea (Andy) Sachs’, played by Anne Hathaway, is considered an intern at her first job after finishing at Northwestern, my internship is between my second and third year of college. Andy is in New York, a far cry from Kansas City, but the biggest difference comes in comparing our bosses.

Miranda Priestly throws her coat and her purse at her assistants, “rattles off tasks to be done immediately, and demands “the new Harry Potter” in “three hours.” No, not the new book in the stores. The unpublished manuscript of the next book. Her twins want to read it. So get two copies.” While most bosses have high standards of what they expect their employees to accomplish, I haven’t been asked to do the impossible…. Unless you count tracking down PEO’s which comes pretty close (Click here for more on that).

One thing that Andy complains about is that her boss never recognizes her for her good work, instead she only critizes. Not so around here. Our boss is proud of us 🙂 To my knowledge, he has never purposefully humiliated anyone on the staff. Not so for the vicious Miranda Priestly. Whenever a mistake is made, she is quick to jump on it.

The Head of Runway Magazine also appears to have a memory problem as she always calls Andrea, Emily. When I walked into work on my first day, my name was scrolling across their welcome computer and I had flowers and a card waiting on my desk. It gave me that warm fuzzy feeling.

I could go on and on listing all the differences, but why should I when you can just go see the movie and figure out most of them for yourself. I urge all of you to be better managers than Miranda Priestly.

Overall, this movie was much different than I expected it to be. The commercials for it lean it towards being a comedy, but I thought it had a more serious nature than I was lead to believe. It’s also more grown up than some of Anne Hathaway’s previous movies, nothing huge, but I would not be taking any children under the age of 13 to go see it.



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