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10 Horrible Bosses from the Movies That Make Yours Look Like a Saint

Kate Moss’s only child, Lila Grace, turned 11 last week. The rarely glimpsed daughter of arguably the world’s most famous supermodel has been kept out of the public eye for most of her life. But if Lila has anything to do with it, this may all change! According to Kate, Lila has her eye on becoming the editor of Vogue!

“She’s watched The Devil Wears Prada ten times, and she’s got a desk in her room with a phone,” Kate tells Allure magazine. “She puts a little outfit on and picks up the phone: ‘Hello, Miranda Priestly’s office.’”

“I say, ‘Lila, do you know who Miranda Priestly is in real life?’ But she just doesn’t care. She’s like, ‘Hello, Miranda Priestly’s office. Can you hold? Patrick Demarchelier on the line!’ I died when I heard her do it. So funny. She doesn’t have a clue who she is, but it’s word for word. She wants to be Anne Hathaway.”

Miranda Priestly is of course the fictional editor of Vogue in the movie; a woman who sacrifices everything for her job and rules the office with an iron grip. This is a woman who can cut someone dead with a look or ruin a career with a simple nod of the head. Meryl Streep plays the role with aplomb, delivering her lines in the calmest yet most threatening voice in the history of cinema!

It got me thinking about all of the horrible bosses that we have seen on screen. In honor of National Boss Day this weekend, I thought we could celebrate all those horrible bosses we are eternally grateful that we don’t work for!

  • Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada 1 of 10
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    Miranda Priestly is one of a kind. Beyond icy with barely disguised disdain for anyone she deems less important than her, this is a woman who rewards loyalty with deceit. She treats her assistant Andy like a slave and ridicules her at any opportunity. Rather than helping her loyal staffer Nigel get a much-deserved promotion, she instead sacrifices his chances in order to rid herself of the competition for her own job. Ruthless, calculating, manipulative, and devoid of any kind of humanity, she is an island — known only to herself. At the end of the film, when Andy chucks her cell phone in that Parisian fountain, tell me you didn't cheer?! I was whooping!

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Dr. Julia Harris in Horrible Bosses 2 of 10
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    Poor Dale. All he wants to do is be a great dental assistant, if only his predatory boss would let him get on with the job. Dr. Julia Harris (played by Jennifer Aniston) threatens to tell Dale's fiancee that they slept together unless he ... er ... does actually sleep with her. Sexual harassment, anyone? Meanwhile his buddies Nick and Kurt are dealing with their own employer nightmares: Nick's boss tells Nick he will award him a promotion — only to give it to himself instead, and Kurt's boss dies, leaving his idiotic son in charge. What to do when your bosses are just making your life a misery? This movie certainly shows you what NOT to do. But boy, we've all been there. Why do some folks just have to be so MEAN?

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Meredith Johnson in Disclosure 3 of 10
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    When Tom Sanders (played by Michael Douglas) lost out on a promotion to his ex-girlfriend Meredith Johnson (played by Demi Moore), he knew it was never going to be smooth-sailing. However, even he couldn't imagine the nightmare that was to come. Meredith automatically assumes that Tim will agree to resume their relationship, but he rebukes her — after all, he is a married man now. Angry for being spurned, she sets out for revenge and accuses him of sexual harassment. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ... 

    photo credit: Amazon 

  • Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’s Diary 4 of 10
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    If only smooth charmer Daniel Cleaver (played by a wickedly naughty Hugh Grant) wasn't so devilishly handsome! Poor Bridge doesn't stand a chance when he starts flirting outrageously with her by email. But of course, he isn't serious about our awkward heroine — he already has a sexy fiancee in the wings. We've all had a "Daniel Cleaver" in our office, haven't we? Dashing, witty, sexy, and a complete womanizer to boot. Thank goodness Bridge comes to her senses and leaves him and her job — hurrah! 

    Photo Credit: Amazon 

  • Margaret Tate in The Proposal 5 of 10
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    Whilst there are worse things in life than being made to marry Margaret Tate (played by Sandra Bullock), this isn't something that Andrew Paxton (played by Ryan Reynolds) expects in his list of duties when he begins working for her. Margaret is an executive editor-in-chief of a book publishing company when she discovers that she is about to be deported to Canada because her visa has expired. The only way to stay? Get her assistant to marry her. When their assigned immigration agent suspects they are committing fraud to avoid Margaret's deportation, they have to really get married after all. I can think of worse things than marrying Ryan Reynolds too, I must add ... 

    Photo credit: Amazon 

  • Gordon Gekko in Wall Street 6 of 10
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    Famous for the line "greed, for a lack of a better word, is good," Gordon Gekko (played by Michael Douglas) symbolizes the unrestrained, insatiable need for wealth. Gekko is a corporate raider who the impressionable rookie Bud Fox wishes to emulate. Gekko is a ruthless and legendary Wall Street player whose values could not conflict more with those of Bud's father Carl — a maintenance foreman who believes success is achieved through work and actually providing something of value, not speculating on the goods and services of others. Bud comes to realize that for all his posturing, Gekko is only out for himself and everything does in fact have a price. But will Bud choose his mentor and career over his own father? You'll have to watch to find out ...

    photo Credit: Amazon 

  • Paula in The 40-Year-Old Virgin 7 of 10
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    Life is already awkward enough for 40-year-old virgin Andy, who collects action figures and cycles to his job at an electronics store called SmartTech. But when his colleagues discover he is in fact a virgin, he comes under a LOT more flack. As if this isn't bad enough, his sleazy, man-hungry boss Paula (played by the amazing Jane Lynch) offers him a "solution" to his virginity "problem" — namely her. This is a solution that poor Andy doesn't want to accept ... or any man for that matter!

    Photo Credit: Amazon 

  • Avery Tolar in The Firm 8 of 10
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    Mitch McDeere (played by Tom Cruise) thinks all of his dreams have come true when he joins Bendini, Lambert & Locke straight out of law school. He immediately bonds with his husky-voiced mentor, Avery Tolar (played by Gene Hackman). Mitch is oblivious to all of the sinister goings-on at the company until the FBI approach him and ask him to work for them. Turns out, no one EVER leaves the firm alive. So much for the  job of his dreams. Avery, for all of his charm, has set Mitch up in a honey trap and has photographic evidence which could ruin Mitch's marriage. What will Mitch do? All he ever wanted was to practice law, not break it ... 

    Photo credit: IMDB

  • Mr. Burns in The Simpsons Movie 9 of 10
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    Possibly considered a modern-day Scrooge, the evil Mr. Burns (voiced by Harry Shearer) owns Springfield's nuclear plant and is Homer Simpson's employer. He is a stereotype of the ruthless corporation man in his unquenchable desire to increase his own wealth and power at the expense of all of those who work for him. "Excellent!"  He uses his power and wealth to do whatever he wants, usually without regard for consequences and without interference from the authorities. He doesn't care to remember the names of his faithful employees and frequently instructs his loyal side-kick Smithers to "release the hounds" should anyone try to visit Burns Manor. Evil personified ... but in a hilarious way.

    Photo credit: Amazon

  • Scrooge in A Christmas Carol 10 of 10
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    If there ever was a more miserly character in history, he has yet to show his face. Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Jim Carrey) is the man who loathes Christmas, festivities, and any charity towards the poor. Reluctantly he allows his assistant, the ever cheerful Bob Cratchit, to have Christmas off whilst still being paid, which he feels is akin to having his pocket picked. Scrooge hoards his riches and despises those less well-off than him. He has a black, cold, unflinching heart — until his old dead partner Marley visits him along with three different ghosts on one snowy Christmas Eve, showing him what he has become. Pity poor Bob Cratchit, stuck working for such a joyless man. Bah humbug!

    Photo credit: Amazon 

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