The Bosses We Love to Hate
It’s no surprise that horrible bosses of all shapes and sizes have featured in the movies over the years. Watching these kinds of movies, you can feel the pain of the underling, who’s stuck with the difficult boss, and you can enjoy the moment when the bad boss gets their comeuppance. Even if it won’t happen in your own work situation, it’s nice to be able to fantasize about it!
The gaming site bgo has its very own boss – aka actor Verne Troyer, who plays the role of the site’s Boss on the site itself and on the TV ads. He challenges players to Beat the Boss by playing a series of different gaming challenges. The site’s blog currently features a list of five different film heroes who beat the boss and they’re all movies that are definitely worth a watch.
One of the best is The Devil Wears Prada (2006), where we see Anne Hathaway’s character, Andy, being mercilessly put down and humiliated by top fashion magazine editor, Miranda Priestly. Meryl Streep plays the role of Priestly and is perfectly cast as a cold and ruthless boss. However, at the end of the day, Andy’s fighting spirit doesn’t let her give up and she gets revenge on Miranda by leaving her stranded at a Paris fashion show.
It’s a similar theme in the story of Working Girl, the 1988 film that starred Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffiths and Sigourney Weaver. Although this didn’t feature on the bgo list, it could easily have done. Griffiths plays the character Tess McGill, a temp who can’t seem to get past the glass ceiling in her career, no matter how much she studies and tries to improve her skills. She gets assigned to be secretary for a career woman called Katharine Parker, played by Weaver, who seems to suggest that she’ll help Tess if she has any good ideas. While Katharine is out of action due to a broken leg on a ski trip, Tess discovers that Katharine is using one of her ideas without giving Tess the credit so decides to masquerade as Katharine in order to put a deal together. It all goes swimmingly, until Katharine comes back and discovers what Tess has been up to…
It’s not just the female bosses who get put in their place on the big screen, though. One example that’s included in the bgo list is Office Space (1999). This movie wasn’t a big box office hit, although it has since developed a bit of a cult status. IT firm employee Peter Gibbons is so sick of his manager, Bill Lumbergh, and the boredom of his nine-to-five job that he decides he’ll break all the rules he can in order to get fired. But his devil-may-care approach and anarchic attitude backfires, as bosses higher up the food chain decide he should be promoted. So Peter ends up with a promotion and being able to get his own back on Lumbergh, who now works for him.
One thing’s certain, if you’ve had a rough day at work thanks to your boss, you’ll be able to find a movie about work to cheer you up when you get home.
What do you think of our list of TV and movie bosses? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Kumar Appaiah