It is clear to most of us that there is no such thing as a perfect job. And it is difficult to find someone who will tell you that they have never had any problems at work. Whether it is with the boss or with colleagues, any job eventually becomes a source of conflict. We have to bear in mind that the workplace is a place where we spend many hours a day and, therefore, it is inevitable that conflicts will arise, sometimes minor, sometimes more serious. Cinema has a social conscience and is capable of showing us the world of work and the conditions of workers. These are 7 movies to watch if you hate your job. Some of them approach this subject from a humorous point of view and others from a dramatic one. And remember: the perfect job does not exist.
Movies if you hate your job or just don’t want to work
North country (2005)
Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) is a young single mother who is forced to return to her hometown in northern Minnesota. In an area where the only job that pays more or less well is hard work in the mines, the protagonist, the daughter of a miner, decides to apply for a job there. In a world dominated by men, Josey will be the victim of all the humiliations to which the few women there are are continually subjected in their work. An excellent cast and a highly topical theme that focuses on equality between men and women.
Up in the air (2009)
can there be a worse job than having to lay off workers? Many companies are forced to hire external agents to carry out this difficult task. This is the case of Ryan Bingham (George Cloney), a seemingly unscrupulous downsizing expert who travels from city to city continuously to provide his services to companies that ask him to do so. When he is tasked with grooming young Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick), his future colleague, he ends up asking himself questions that end up making him see the workers he fires in a new light.
The Devil wears Prada (2006)
If you feel you are being exploited at work, wait until you meet Andy (Anne Hathaway). Andy is a young woman who, with dreams of becoming a journalist but little experience, decides to try her luck at Runway magazine. Her task? To be the assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), director of this prestigious fashion magazine. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci accompany the protagonist in the agonising task of pleasing a despot and cruel boss who handles her employees with a firm and harsh hand. A comedy for fashion lovers and one of those movies ideal to watch if you hate your job.
Movies if you hate your job, our first recommendation would be, El buen patrón (2021)
Julio Blanco is a charismatic owner of a company that manufactures industrial scales. For him his employees are like the children he never had and the company is like a family. So he says. When he learns that he is in the running for a local award for business excellence and, while waiting for the visit of the committee that will or will not award it to him, Blanco will have to have everything perfect. Thus, he will try to solve practically against the clock all the problems of his employees. To do so, he will cross unthinkable lines that will end up triggering an explosive succession of unexpected events. This is the story of an unscrupulous businessman who will do almost anything to save his company and his prestige. El buen patrón is one of those films you have to see if you feel you have a bad job. As they say: “the evil of many…”
The Full Monty (1997)
In this case the problem is not so much the job as the lack of it. The film, directed by Peter Cattaneo, tells the story of a group of men in Sheffield, England, an area where most of their employees become unemployed practically overnight when the steel plant where they were employed closes down. In the style of comedy but without forgetting the drama of each of them, little by little, supporting each other and in the most colourful ways, they end up finding a way to get by. A film that, even with a low budget, became a resounding box-office and critical success. Its marvellous soundtrack is worth mentioning, in which the theme song Hot Stuff undoubtedly stands out.
The Devil’s advocate (1997)
Another example of how an apparently wonderful job can turn into a real nightmare. The Devil’ s advocate is a thriller that tells the story of a brilliant young lawyer, Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) who, famed for never having lost a case, is recruited by a powerful New York lawyer, John Milton (Al Pacino) who represents a prestigious law firm. With an unimaginable offer for Kevin, he unhesitatingly moves in with his young wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron). Soon, Mary Ann begins to notice strange things.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Nick(Jason Bateman), Dale(Charlie Day) and Kurt(Jason Sudeikis) are three friends whose bosses are making their lives miserable. The first works for a psychopath, the second is constantly sexually harassed by his boss and the third works under the orders of a real cocaine addict. As none of them can afford to quit their jobs, the three protagonists, encouraged by an ex-convict, decide to carry out a plan to kill their bosses. But as with most things in life, the plan goes awry. An amusing comedy directed by Seth Gordon that takes bad relationships with superiors to the extreme and also features such well-known faces as Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey and Jamie Fox.
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