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PCR # 328  (Vol. 7, No. 27)  This edition is for the week of July 3--9, 2006.

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Movie Review
"The Devil Wears Prada"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith
Three stars

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20th Century Fox     
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci
Directed by: David Frankel
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 49 mins

With summer already in full swing, moviegoers have had their choice of action films. Mutants, masked wrestlers and the return of the Man of Steel have helped fill theatre seats since mid-May. And July is about to bring Captain Jack Sparrow and his band of pirates back to the multiplex. That being said, it's nice to know that while the young (and the young at heart) are enjoying these adventures, there is also a film playing that doesn't need swords or super heroes to tell a great story. And that film is "The Devil Wears Prada."

Andrea (Andy) Sachs (Hathaway) has just arrived in New York City and is anxious to put her new degree in journalism to work. She applies for a job at Runway Magazine, the most popular and influential read in the fashion business. However, instead of a writing gig she is sent to interview to be the second assistant to one Miranda Priestly (Streep), who is nicely referred to as "the dragon lady." At first dismissed because she doesn't fit the "look" of the employees at Runway, Andy tells Miranda that she's smart and eager and eventually gets the position. But the job, of which she's been told that a million other girls would have killed for, isn't what Andy had in mind. Instead of pursuing her writing she is left to pick up Miranda's coffee and dry cleaning. When told that Miranda's children want to read the latest Harry Potter adventure she is sent not to the local Borders but on a search for the unpublished manuscript of the upcoming book. Though she begins to adapt to the job, and the trappings that come with it, Andy is constantly torn about doing a job only because it pays the rent. And the more she does it the more the question comes up.

A well-written and finely performed film, "The Devil Wears Prada" is a welcome island in this summer's sea of action films. Based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger (who was, in real life, the assistant for the editor of Vogue magazine), the story captures perfectly the behind the scenes drama that takes place in putting such a magazine together. Hathaway has come a long way since "The Princess Diaries" films, and her work here puts a stamp on the promise she showed last year in "Brokeback Mountain." The supporting cast is also top-notch, with kudos going out to Stanley Tucci as the only employee that Miranda really seems to respect. And what can be said about Meryl Streep that hasn't been said before? Streep is the most nominated actor in the history of the Academy Awards (13 nominations and 2 wins), and I wouldn't be surprised if she picks up nomination number 14 for her work here. She does the impossible by giving Miranda enough humanity that, when things seem to be going wrong, you actually hope for the best for her. Well, a little bit.

A film for those over the age of 14 is hard to come by this time of year. Don't let "The Devil Wears Prada" sneak by without giving it a look. On a scale of zero to four stars, I give "The Devil Wears Prada"  Three stars

This week's movie review of "The Devil Wears Prada" is ©2006 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2006, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2006 by Nolan B. Canova.