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some folks have made some salient points about questioning the "selling out" script and its relevance to a gender-specific critique, but I think that some are missing the point: It's not that male characters aren't challenged about their ethics in business; it's that what *constitutes* poor ethics tends to a HUGE shift in values when the protagonist is female. No one would have batted an eyelash if a male protagonist had accepted a promotion over someone who had *made himself* his enemy and *set himself up* as the guy's chief competitor (not that it wasn't clear that the environment engendered it as well, but EMILY antagonized Andy from day one, without any provocation whatsoever. Sorry, but they were NOT friends, no matter how they'd come to resolve the tension.) Normally, an audience would have cheered in those circumstances and thought it not a little strange had the hero turned down a project knowing he'd be fired as a direct result. Andy, on the other hand is made to see the error of *her* ways, though, which makes NO sense whatsoever. She was not responsible for the decision and held no sway over it. In fact, Emily WOULDN'T have been allowed to assist Miranda with her injury. She likely would have been considered a hindrance and a liability and Andy would have gone anyway. Listen, nobody sees Andy failing to appreciate her boyfriend for rubbing her feet after a long days' work, or even sees him showing up and being supportive of her , though it looks like he's barely employed at the time. Personally, I think those implied extra hours of his do more to explain why he feels slighted, more than what explicitly happens in the movie. I wonder what her boyfriend will be like when he's trying to make the tough climb to sous-chef (does anybody really believe he'll be starting sous-chef)? Nobody bothers to inquire in the movie, even though it's obvious to anyone who's worked in a tough industry that "what it takes" is just "what it takes" and you're either wealthy or very lucky not to HAVE to do MOST of the things Andy does and that her boyfriend, who is asking her to MOVE, for cripes sake, will have to do those things as well. Most of the things that make Andy "wrong" just make her a "person with a job". I thought of Wall Street too, but Wall Street actually does the male characters that courtesy of being specific enough to show them making choices that are the direct result of poor character and involve exploitation and unprovoked divisiveness and vindictiveness. Andy does none of those things, but we swallow it whole, as one commenter said, that she's a bitch simply because she chooses, as EVERYONE KNOWS one must frequently do when one is just starting out has little credibility in an industry, to make sacrifices for a thankless job. Wall Street is yes, competitive as well, but selling money (which is really what the job entails in that context) tends to be an unscrupulous venture to begin with. Basically, Andy is the bad guy because she doesn't kill herself taking care of everyone else, but takes care herself, and let's be honest -- she just barely does that. It's a shame that the movie forces her to apologize for it.and about And there is no way in the Devil's Home that Anne Hathaway wore a size 6 at the time. And even some of the post-makeover clothes in some of the production photos are too big on her.
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