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 My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.
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“It’s so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it but suddenly there right in front of you is everything you ever need.”

-Unknown

Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You’ve taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and more importantly adventurous.

You don’t realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn’t see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can’t see my life without you in it. It’s funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn’t know existed.

I don’t even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn’t have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the ying to my yang, and I don’t care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I’ve learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It’s as if I wished up a best friend, and poof—you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn’t trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Medders

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Can You Guess These 20 Classic Disney Films Based Only On A Terrible Description?

"Pirates vs. Kids. Kids win."

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Throughout many homes in the world, Disney films were (and still are) a staple for the DVD shelf. Most people can proudly say they have seen at least a few Disney films throughout their lifetime, but can you guess what movie is being told through a vague description?

1. Glum insurance representative beats up former admirer.

2. Helicopter Mom makes kidnapped daughter afraid of everything but ends up turning into dust when daughter gets a new haircut.

3. A young aristocrat causes millions in property damage after the death of her parents. 

4. Kid comes out of a closet.

5. Confused lady crawls out of a sewer.

6. Girl who forgets things helps find friends son.

7. A guy kisses a dead girl in the forest while midgets watch.

8. Prince turns into a sarcastic llama. 

9. Humans destroy earth and become fat.

10. Hamlet with big cats.

11. Rat defies all food and safety regulations to cook.

12. Ginger fish falls in love with man.

13. Pirates vs. kids. Pirates lose.

14. An elephant defies the laws of gravity.

15. Fashionista is denied a fabulous new coat.

16. China unleashes the hidden power of feminism.

17. Orphaned sisters foster illegal alien.

18. Greek mythology, the movie.

19. A toy cowboy tries to murder a space ranger for the attention of a boy.

20. Woman falls in love with a very hairy man.

Answers:

1. The Incredibles

2. Rapunzel

3. Frozen

4. Monsters Inc.

5. Enchanted

6. Finding Nemo

7. Snow White

8. Emperor's New Groove

9. WALL-E

10. Lion King

11. Ratatouille

12. Little Mermaid

13. Peter Pan

14. Dumbo

15. 101 Dalmatians

16. Mulan

17. Lilo and Stitch

18. Hercules

19. Toy Story

20. Beauty and the Beast

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