The Devil Wears Prada



No Princess Diaries here, but royal fun. Teens +
Popular with kidsParents recommend
  • Review Date: December 11, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Both arrogant and insecure, fashionistas lie and betray one another; heroine maintains moral compass.


Girl hit by taxi flies over hood to the street, ends up in hospital with bruised face and broken leg.


Some sexual allusions ("I can think of something we can do that doesn't require any clothing"); Andy has sex with writer on their first date (after admitting she's drunk), then regrets it.


One "a--hole," a couple of "hells," several s-words (Andy unleashes a stream of them during one upset).


All about high fashion (names dropped and shown include Prada, Pucci, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Bill Blass, Chloé, Marc Jacobs); plot-pointed references to Starbucks.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking at parties and restaurants; Andy drinks wine at home and gets tipsy on a date.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie features cruel judgments about body size and fashion. Characters are materialistic and catty (usually as comedy, though some hurtful comments are also made). Characters use mild language (s--t) and drink alcohol. Lots of mentions of high-end fashion brands. Younger kids won't be interested, since the subject matter won't mean anything to them.

What's the story?

In THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, socially conscious journalism major Andy (Anne Hathaway) takes a job at Runway fashion magazine as second assistant to ruthless editor Miranda (Meryl Streep). Andy is told repeatedly that if she survives a year, she'll be able to get a job at any magazine, but has no idea how tough her year will be: Her primary jobs are fetching coffee and outfits from various designers around town, and running personal errands for Miranda. Andy is also at the beck and call of first assistant Emily (Emily Blunt). Worse, she's reminded daily that her clothes are ugly and that she's "fat" (at size six). Art director Nigel (Stanley Tucci) gives Andy a makeover and devotes herself to pleasing Miranda, leaving her live-in boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier) and best friend Lilly (Tracie Thoms) feeling abandoned. But even as she's seduced by a cynical writer (Simon Baker) and enticed by the sense of power the fashion folks claim for themselves, Andy never loses her moral sensibility.

Is it any good?


Sometimes over-the-top and sometimes sentimental, Prada is most notable for Meryl Streep's remarkably subtle performance as super-diva Miranda Priestly. While the movie loves its costumes and montages (often together), the plot is creaky and the target far too easy: Everyone knows the world of haute couture is cutthroat, imperious, and lurid.

Streep's Miranda is complex and compelling. Though her outfits and superciliousness are as outrageous as everyone else's, Miranda tends to speak quickly and quietly, to assume her supremacy even as she's vulnerable.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Andy's plan to use her assistant job as a route to becoming a journalist: How does she rationalize this choice? How does Andy learn to fit into the world of high fashion by wearing the right clothes, dieting, and becoming increasingly judgmental of others? What messages does the movie send about the importance of physical appearances?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 29, 2006
DVD release date:December 12, 2006
Cast:Adrian Grenier, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep
Director:David Frankel
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sensuality

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Kid, 12 years old April 8, 2010

A glimpse into the fashion world

I really enjoyed this movie. The content was not terrible, but definitely not for people under 11.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byMikaylaaMadisonn July 26, 2009

e.g. Perfect for older kids, but not for tweens

I love this movie! It is one of my absolute favorites!
Teen, 15 years old Written bySomebodysMe August 7, 2009

Very good, on and off.

This movie was verryyyy good, but it was one of those where the Main story is cute, but her social life stinks and is boring. The whole time I was watching it I am like....Get back to the part at Miranda Priestly's. Those parts were good and Meryl Streep Is dynamite!
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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