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Movie Review: The Devil Wears Prada

Alternate Title: Vanity, Thy Name is Woman

Story: Wear something chic and go have some laughs as you watch this entertaining, but shallow film. Director David Frankel does a fine job with his satirical view of the world of fashion and the characters that inhabit that world. The screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna was based on the novel by Lauren Weisberger. The book was said to be a caricature of Weisberger's old boss, Anna Wintour, the editor in chief at Vogue.

Do you have to be interested in the fashion world to enjoy the film? Absolutely not. The parts about the designer eat designer world is very funny, fabulous to look at, with a seamless presentation. Unfortunately, the other part of the film about the young woman who is a lackey to the fashionista boss is old news and not very interesting. I did not care a wit if or when this young thing found her real passion and humanity. She and her friends were not nearly as colorful and fun to watch as the group who encompass the world of fashion.

The message part of the film is sophomoric and the fashion part is delicious.

Acting: Meryl Streep is simply wonderful as Miranda Priestly, the Queen of Fashion World who with a mere pursing of her lips can make or break a designer. When she is on screen there is no one else to watch. Anne Hathaway has a lot of maturing to do before I would see another film that she is in. Emily Blunt as the other assistant is marvelous. And Stanley Tucci rocked as one of the fashionistas.

Predilection: I like Meryl Streep

Food: There is lots of talk about food or the not eating of food to stay in a size zero world. There is a wonderful sizzling steak from Smith and Wollensky that is not eaten.

Blatant Product Placement: Oh my. Lots and lots of product names and endorsements. I do not own any of the fashion world products but I am an Apple computer gal and always look for my brand on screen. This film does not disappoint in that department.

Soundtrack: Runway fun.

Opening Titles: Perky

Visual Art: Lots and lots of wonderful fashion and color.

Theater Audience: A small group of laughing New Yorkers. Lots of men (I saw the film in Chelsea) and groups of young women.

Sappy Factor: The ending was a bit sappy for me.

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I drifted a bit with young Andy the lackey and hr friends.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Stanley Tucci is a working actor and has appeared in many films and on TV. Here are some of his better moments for you: The Terminal, Road to Perdition, Sidewalks of New York, Joe Gould's Secret, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Winchell,(TV), Deconstructing Harry, Big Night, The Daytrippers, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, The Pelican Brief, Billy Bathgate.

Length: Under two hours