Based on the novel with the same name, Meryl Streep is an evil editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine. Anne Hathaway is her new assistant trying to get into journalism.
Anne Hathaway's character, Andy, wants to break into journalism in New York, but comes to realize that the best way to do it is to be Miranda's (Meryl Streep) assistant at fashion magazine, Mode. It doesn't make a lot of sense how things work, but it is a way to get to know people and it is all about who you know more than what you can do.
Miranda is supposed to be based on Vogue's editor since the person who wrote the book was the assistant for the Vogue editor. I never read the book, and have no idea how about the accuracy of the story, but the entire thing was entertaining. Miranda is apparently important enough to have two assistants. Andy is the second assistant since the old second assistant, Emily, has been promoted to the first assistant. Emily and Nigel, the fashion editor played by Stanley Tucci, try to teach Andy how fashion is important, but she is very wary of it at first. Even though I agree with Andy at the beginning, I wanted her to start dressing better since it would have been prettier to watch and it was a fashion movie!
Meryl Streep is awesome. She is an evil lady who doesn't refer to Andy by her own name until she trusts her. She refers to both Andy and Emily as Emily since they are all the same to her. Streep could have played the mega bitch by screeching and yelling. She never raised her voice and mostly whispered when she was being truly evil. It was quite scary and awesome at the same time.
Anne Hathaway was fine. Emily Blunt (Emily) and Stanley Tucci were entertaining. Adrian Grenier played Andy's boyfriend and only seemed to be around so she would have some external conflict with her job. He was her conscience, but didn't seem very understanding as a boyfriend when she needed support while going through the assistant job for a year. A year isn't a long time in the scope of things and he didn't have a lot of patience. I found him annoying and distracting from the rest of the storyline.
Overall, the movie covered a lot of ground, but didn't seem overly long. It moved quickly, and was very much fun to watch.