Top 3 Worst Bosses In Film

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Top 3 Worst Bosses In Film

Since the inception of film, there have been many actors who have graced our screens in Hollywood films as some of the toughest bosses imaginable. Some great examples include Sandra Bullock who played Margaret Tate in the film The Proposal (2009) and Michael Douglas who played Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street (1987).

There have been many bosses who have been willing to move heaven and earth to reach the pinnacle of their respective industries. While some of us may have had the distinct displeasure of working with ‘bosses from hell’, others only get this experience from films. Here are just three of the worst bosses in some well-known films.



Jordan Belfort

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Released in 2013, The Wolf Of Wall Street is based on a true story and tells the story of Jordan Belfort, a novice stock-broker pulled himself up by the bootstrings to become one of the wealthiest stock brokers in the country. From the start of the film, it is clear that Jordan is not a great role model and boss to the employees working in his firm.

As Jordan’s business and power soars, he and some of his employees are caught up in shady business deals that involve corrupt deals and crime. As the boss, it is generally expected that Jordan should be setting a good example for his employees. However, setting a bad example for his employees is just one of the many bad things that Jordan does in the movie.

Miranda Priestly

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Another perfect example of a boss who demands and expects far too much from her employees is Miranda Priestly who was depicted in the movie The Devil Wears Prada released in 2006. In the movie, Miranda is the Editor-in-Chief of a popular and trendy fashion magazine. Because of the fast-paced nature of her office, she requires that every employee keeps up with her incessant demands. Her personal office is just one of the best offices inspired by the movies, with its minimalist design and sleek office desk.

In the movie, Miranda’s office is a clear indication of the professional and high position she occupies. Meryl Streep who plays Miranda in the movie delivers a stellar performance as a tough-talking and demanding professional who is more focused on the success of the business than the wellbeing of her employees.

Blake

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

The movie Glengarry Glen Ross which was released in 1992 exemplifies all that can go wrong when your boss is in complete control at the workplace. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Alec Baldwin who plays Blake is asked to motivate a sales team that is having issues meeting their quota. In the scene, Blake screams at an aging salesman, “Coffee is for closers only!”.

Though Blake may have had good reasons to say this to the salesman, his way of motivating his employees is in poor taste. In a typical work setting, managers need to be able to tread the fine line between being tough and supportive to their employees. In the movie scene described above, Blake completely oversteps this fine line making him a dreaded colleague and boss at the workplace.


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