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Miranda Priestly is the reigning queen of fashion whose whims can start and end careers. A recent college graduate applies for an assistant position with Miranda and finds she must make a lot of changes in order to fit in. Soon, she begins to grasp that Miranda's world is a fabulous but lonely one.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The Devil Wears Prada is two films in one: a caustic, energetic satire of the fashion world and a cautionary melodrama. The first works; the second doesn't.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'The Devil Wears Prada' is being positioned as a movie for grown-ups and others who know what, or who, or when, or where, Prada is. But while watching it I had the uncanny notion that, at last, one of those books from my childhood had been filmed.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average The comic appeal of The Devil Wears Prada is the cinematic equivalent of a size 2 — wafer-thin and ultimately lacking in meat and substance.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 142 moviegoers: Teen females seem to be the main audience. They loved it. A little better than half of the older ladies really enjoyed "The Devil Wears Prada," rating it "Very Good" or higher. Most of the remaining ladies rated it average to above average. Unfortunately, the real high opinions are lacking. This tells me that most of you will enjoy this movie, but it's not likely to be a movie you will want to see again.
As for the guys, there weren't very many male opinions collected. Their opinions were similar to the female opinions, only a bit lower. They gave fewer very high opinions and more low opinions. So, I would say for most guys this is an average to above average movie.
In the dizzying world of New York fashion, where size zero is the new 2, six is the new 8, and a bad hair day can end a career, Runway Magazine is the Holy Grail. Overseen with a finely manicured fist by Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) – the most powerful woman in fashion – Runway is a fearsome gauntlet for anyone who wants to make it in the industry. To make Runway the fashion bible of New York and therefore the world, Miranda has let nothing stand in her way … including a long line of assistants that didn't make the cut. It's a job no self-respecting person can survive, yet it's an opportunity a million young women in New York would kill for.
A stint as Miranda's assistant could blast-open the doors for recent college graduate Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). More college drab than haute couture, she stands alone among the small army of "Clackers” on staff at Runway – superslim fashion divas clacking their stilettos down the halls of the magazine's Manhattan headquarters. But when Andy comes in for the job, it dawns on her that making it in this industry will take more than drive and determination.
And her ultimate test stands before her in head-to-toe Prada.
Miranda can spin the fashion world like a basketball but has a devil of a time finding and keeping a good assistant. Andy is completely wrong for the job. But she has something the rest of them don't: she refuses to fail.
To become the perfect assistant, Andy will need to make herself over in Miranda's image. Soon, much to her boyfriend's (Adrian Grenier) dismay, she can talk the talk, walk the walk (in flawless Manolo's) and never again confuse Dolce with
Gabbana. But the more of life she sees through Miranda's eyes, the more she begins to grasp that Miranda's world is a fabulous but lonely one – and that sometimes great success depends on great sacrifice…but at what cost?