It is not that I don’t like stories by women, it is just that the standard is so poor. Ladies, I really expect a lot more from you. You have David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Safran Foer to live up to. I picked up The Devil Wears Prada at the bookstore and hated it. Women would stop me on the subway to ask about it and I would tell them it was terrible. That seemed to just confuse everyone, but it was pretty bad.
The Devil Wears Prada is one of the few examples where the movie is better than the book. Mostly because Meryl Streep gives Miranda Priestly substance and Anne Hathaway sort of just looks pretty and stays out of the way. The funny thing about The Devil Wears Prada is that somehow all my male friends just happened to see it in the theater. They were more excited than any women I know. Despite barely liking the movie, I stayed up last night to watch it again on HBO. By far the best line in the movie is during the almost-montage of Andy learning the ropes and starting to “get” fashion. Nigel is on a shoot where the models are dressed up as strange creatures and Andy says, “Oh I get it. The piece is called Urban Jungle, right?” That really blew me away. I think Andy is going to be a great journalist.
Okay, so maybe I am a little harder on the girl movies. But just wait until Sense and Sensibility is on tv. I love that Colonel Brandon. Speaking of which, Anne Hathaway plays Jane Austen in the soon to be released Becoming Jane. Mr. Tumnus plays the love interest. J and I laughed through the whole trailer although I don’t think it is a comedy. At one point, the voice over literally says, “But for Jane Austen that was just the beginning.” There must be software somewhere that generates trailer voice overs.
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Rotten tomatoes rating: 75%