Andy's Friends In 'The Devil Wears Prada' Are Trash, And That's The Realest Part Of The Movie

Andy's Friends In 'The Devil Wears Prada' Are Trash, And That's The Realest Part Of The Movie

Here's the catch: they're supposed to be like that.

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If you're a well-adjusted human being like me, you're probably aware of the fact that "The Devil Wears Prada" is a cinematic masterpiece. If you aren't a well-adjusted human being or if you're an alien who recently landed on Earth, let me give you some background: "The Devil Wears Prada" is a comedy film starring Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Emily Blunt. It tells the story of Andrea "Andy" Sachs (Hathaway), a recent college graduate who lands a job at Runway (A parody of "Vogue" magazine) as the assistant to a tyrannical Editor-In-Chief known as Miranda Priestly (Streep).

Since it's release in 2006, it has become a cult classic for its endlessly quotable lines and lasting impact upon pop culture. It has also inspired numerous think pieces and critical analyses that delve deep into the characterization of characters.

Lately, many academics, film critics, and fans of the film have come to the realization that Andy's friends and boyfriend were complete and utter garbage.

Throughout the film, we see Andy struggle to keep her work-life and personal life in balance with another. However, due to Miranda's demands, Andy's personal life begins to crumble under the weight of her career commitments. Rather than being understanding, her friends (and boyfriend) choose to complain about her having a job that is more demanding than there's. Also, I should mention that Andy does make an effort to keep up with them, but again, work keeps getting in the way. They also criticize the fact that she changed her (frumpy) style and became more sleek, elegant, and polished. This makes them feel very immature, childish, and still stuck in the mindset of college. They refuse to allow Andy to change and grow because it will upset the comfortable fabric of their friend group.

The scriptwriter, Aline Brosh McKenna, also realizes that Andy's friends and her boyfriend Nate aren't the best people to be in a relationship with. However, their purpose in the story is to be Andy's tether to her morality. They point out that the changes she has made are negatively affecting their relationship with her. Yet, the point still stands: they should've been more supportive of her and her career choices. Yes, it sucks when you lose your friends to adulthood but you should still be happy and supportive of them.

Can you call them out on their bullshit still? yes, you can. But don't act like you're their priority in life.

I'm not saying that Miranda is no better but at least her friends could've made the realization that they're growing up, that Andy herself is growing up and becoming more confident in herself. In its own way, this is the most realistic part of "The Devil Wears Prada."

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An Open Letter to the Best Friend I Didn't See Coming

Some people come into your life and change you forever—thanks, bestie.
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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!

JQ

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11 Movies On Netflix You Need To See

Yes, they're all on Netflix!

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I know I'm not the only one who struggles to find something new to watch after re-watching my favorite TV show for the 100th time in a row! I did some digging through Netflix's archives so that you don't have to!

Here are 11 awesome flicks to watch next time you have trouble deciding:

1. "Ex Machina"

Domhnall Gleeson stars alongside Alicia Vikander in this Sci-Fi/Thriller film. It's about Gleeson's character, Caleb Smith, who is instructed to determine whether Ava (Vikander), the humanoid robot, is actually capable of true thought and consciousness. A romance develops between Ava and Caleb, and they form a plan to try and free her from the lab and her creator.

2. "Heathers"

One of the most iconic cult films of all time, Winona Ryder plays Veronica, one of four girls in her Ohio high school's popular girl clique. The film gets its name since the three other girls are all named Heather: Heather Chandler, Heather Duke, and Heather McNamara. Despite their extreme popularity, they are hated and feared by the rest of the student body, which is how they retain their prestige. When J.D. (Christian Slater) starts at their school, he and Veronica develop a special bond, and he tries to help her take the Heathers down a few pegs...by trying to kill them and anyone else who gets in their way.

3. "The Waterboy"

On a more positive note, "The Waterboy" is a comedy starring Adam Sandler, who is a waterboy for college football teams down south in Louisiana. When Bobby Boucher (Sandler), is fired from his position with the Cougars, he goes to work for the Mud Dogs, a team who has a 40 game losing streak. Bobby's talent for football is uncovered, and the film follows him as he tries to play successfully while keeping it a secret from his disapproving mother (Kathy Bates).

4. "1922"

Based on the Stephen King novel, the film on Netflix is a recent adaptation, done in 2017. It follows a farm family from Nebraska where father Wilf, short for Wilfred, murders his wife Arlette and dumps her body into a well after she voices that she wishes to sell their farmland and move to Omaha. He does so by enlisting the help of their son, Henry, but when Wilf starts to see apparitions of his dead wife, things move swiftly into a downward spiral.

5. "The Sixth Sense"

This film helped to put director M. Night Shyamalan on the map, particularly for his surprise ending (which I won't reveal, so don't worry, no spoilers here!). Bruce Willis plays the child psychologist Malcolm Crowe, who is helping young Cole Sear, played by Haley Joel Osment, a young boy with the ability to see and speak to the dead.

6. "Blue Valentine"

Ryan Gosling fans, where you at? The Canadian film sweetheart stars in this romantic tragedy opposite Michelle Williams, where they play a couple whose marriage is falling apart, while, in flashbacks, also portray the pair years before when they were dating. Michelle Williams plays Cindy, who is a pre-med student, and Gosling plays Dean Cianfrance, a high school dropout. This film also earned both Gosling and Williams nominations for Golden Globes!

7. "Boyhood"

If you haven't heard of "Boyhood," let me break it down for you. This modern coming-of-age film gained tons of notoriety leading up to the 87th Academy Awards since the film took 12 years to create! The reason for this is that the director, Richard Linklater, chose to use the same actors all the way through, so the viewers would actually see the young boy growing up. For any film junkies out there, this is one of the best examples of modern neorealist film, and another current example of this style is Alfonso Cuarón's film, "Roma."

8. "Dr. Zhivago"

One of the most unique things about this film is its length! Clocking in at 200 minutes (3 hours & 20 minutes), this film takes place starting pre-WWI and follows all the way through the Russian Civil War. Omar Sharif stars as the title role, Yuri Zhivago, opposite Julie Christie, his love interest, a married woman named Lara Antipova. The movie details the way Zhivago's life is changed through this time with the wars. It is a beautiful and bittersweet love story that shows how much war changes the lives of everyone in its wake. This is also the film adaptation of the book "Doctor Zhivago" by Russian novelist and poet, Boris Pasternak.

9. "Good Will Hunting"

Considered a classic by many, "Good Will Hunting" is well-known for its all-star cast, which includes Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Robin Williams. It tells the story of Will Hunting, a hidden genius who works as a janitor. His brilliant mind is discovered after he is forced to see a therapist as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. The therapist Lambeau (Williams), is also a math professor at MIT, where Hunting is a janitor, and he is the one who realizes Hunting's capabilities.

10. "Mona Lisa Smile"

"Mona Lisa Smile" takes place in the early 1950s, at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where we follow the new professor of art history, Ms. Katherine Watson, played by Julia Roberts. Her students are snobbish girls who try and test her, being a new professor, and though reluctant at first, Watson proves up to the challenge. We also watch the lives of Betty Warren, Connie Baker, and Joan Brandwyn as they struggle with their identities as young women who were raised to be nothing more than a housewife and mother.

11. "The Graduate"

Ever hear an older woman referred to as a "Mrs. Robinson"? Well, this is the movie where that hails from, as well as the son by Simon & Garfunkel. Dustin Hoffman plays new college graduate, Benjamin Braddock, who is seduced by his parent's friend, the married Mrs. Robinson, but who ends up falling in love with her daughter Elaine, who is Benjamin's age. It also earned Mike Nichols the Academy Award for Best Director in 1967!

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