Designer dud

Fashionable threads, witchy Meryl Streep can't keep `Prada' from unraveling

review C+

June 30, 2006|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The moviemakers try to turn The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger's trashy best-seller about the terrors of working for a media tyrant, into a film about the pursuit of excellence and self-knowledge. They put the material on lifts - and end up tripping into TV dramedy land.

Once again an idealistic college grad, Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway), lucks into a job at the fashion bible, Runway magazine, when its editor, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), makes the snap decision to hire a nonfashionista as her second assistant. Once again, Andy submits to a crash-course in haute couture while omni-tasking for a boss who sets no limits on her job. But this time, everyone wins an instant of understanding and communion, even, astonishingly, Andy and Miranda.

The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox) Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci. Directed by David Frankel. Rated PG-13. Time 110 minutes.

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