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Must-Watch Movies for Workplace

Most individuals get tired of going to work every morning in real life, but the workplace may be a terrific setting for storytelling on the big screen. Workplace movies are relatable for fresh graduates, job seekers, and newcomers to watch. Here are some popular workplace movies for you to watch if you’d think about the workplace you could have. It is hoped that you can make your own career planning and avoid going into misunderstandings, so as to quickly accumulate work experience and cultivate work competence through the following recommendations.

The Assistant (2019)

Equality has always been the goal of people, but in real life, gender inequality is an eternal problem. Gender discrimination has always appeared in many fields, especially in the workplace.

With New York City as the background, The Assistant tells the story of a young graduate Jane (Julia Garner) working as an assistant for a powerful producer in a film production company. From the beginning, you will find that this is not an enviable position, because the pressure of work and the nature of “walking on thin ice” will soon make Jane realize that the world is not only an unsafe world for women but also a world that is not appreciated.

The topic discussed in The Assistant is a hot topic people all know at present. The film is essentially the emergence and exposure of the #Metoo movement, but what is impressive is that the film remains in a very dark and realistic place to tell people something.

Suggestions: If you can’t change the environment, change yourself. Never compromise, and never be led by the nose by the workplace. Always remember that you have the right to choose forever!


The Intern (2015)

The Intern is a 2015 American buddy comedy-drama film directed, written, and produced by Nancy Meyers. In the film, Ben (Robert De Niro, Robert De Niro) at the age of 70 was once a capable and successful businessman. Finally, he began a plain retirement life like most old people. Ben missed his busy and fulfilling past, and his loneliness and restless desire made him decide to return to the workplace and became a small employee under the young Jules (Anne Hathaway). Despite his age and inexperience in the new field, Ben rapidly establishes himself as a trusted counselor to everyone in the workplace, particularly his much younger female employer Jules.

Suggestions: Even at the age of 70, you can meet a better yourself. You only live once, so never do anything you’ll regret. By the way, as the movie posters suggest, an experience never gets old.


Two Days, One Night (2014)

Two Days, One Night is a 2014 drama film written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, which tells the story of a woman trying to survive in the workplace. Sandra, the heroine, is a female worker who has just come out of depression and the mother of two children, but she immediately faces factory layoffs and unemployment. With her husband’s firm support and company, she and her best friend won two days, one night time to persuade colleagues to change their voting decisions to keep her vital job. However, choosing to support her co-workers needs to be at the cost of losing a 1000-euro bonus.

No one in “Two Days, One Night” will make people hate, and no one will criticize them for being selfish, because everyone’s life is so difficult: a woman who has just married her boyfriend and is in urgent need of money to decorate her house, a father who needs to pay for her daughter’s college, and a minority who has just come to a foreign land to seek development.

Suggestions: When pursuing happiness, individuals may encounter group conflicts that are difficult to solve. Everyone has the right to choose. So just do what you can do and what you want to do.


Horrible Bosses (2011)

Horrible Bosses is a box business success as well as a wonderful comedy. It’s also one of the most insightful films on the subject of manager-employee interactions. It follows three employees, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day), and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), who are all unhappy at work and have a shared desire to murder their employers. The first employer is a ruthless executive who baits a subordinate with a promotion, only to take it away once his ridiculous criteria are completed. The second is a ruthless drug addict who inherits the family business from his benevolent father. The third case involves an orthodontist who sexually harasses her assistant and threatens to tell his fiancée that he is to blame.

Suggestions: Horrible bosses are the stuff of tragedy, not comedy, in real life. Nonetheless, there is an underlying truth: the best antidote for horrible bosses is great coworkers.


Moneyball (2011)

Moneyball brings the concept of smart effort rather than hard work to life which is often mentioned in speeches but seldom accomplished. A baseball coach puts the catch to the test as he assembles the squad on a tight budget—all based on computer-generated assessments of players’ abilities. Therefore, it’s not so much about the sport but a lot about how tactical prowess can solve even the most difficult situations.

Suggestions: Even if you have to bear certain risks and costs, life needs challenges and changes, and work is the same. You are not doing it for money but for your own experience to tackle some difficult issues in your career.


Margin Call (2011)

Margin Call mainly tells the story of how Wall Street bankers and key employees responded to the crisis within 24 hours of the economic collapse in 2008. The film uses the office group play to make all the characters at the core of each level of the investment bank appear from top to bottom. First, it truly reproduces the performance of Wall Street in the face of crisis from the bottom and then outlines the mentality of capital giants at the top of the pyramid of the financial industry in the face of crisis. Finally, it presents the complete composition of the entire financial industry ecosystem in front of the audience to see how such a large-scale crisis spread from Wall Street to the world.

Suggestions: How to deal with the crisis? How do people at all levels of the company respond to crises and think about decision-making? These are all that you have to learn about when you enter the workplace.


The Social Network (2010)

The Social Network is a 2010 American biographical drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. As a Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg develops the social networking site that would become known as Facebook now, be issued by the twins, who say he stole their idea, and by a co-founder who was eventually forced out of the company. When The Social Network was released in 2010, critics praised it for its funny dialogue and excellent acting. Despite some criticism for its realism in depicting Mark Zuckerberg’s founding of Facebook, the film does provide a fascinating look at how the firm grew from a little operation in a dorm room to the gigantic corporation it is today. Despite all of the interpersonal drama in the film, it is one of the most visually spectacular depictions of how a business is formed from the ground up in the modern period.

Suggestions: Only one person can’t do a great career. There is no way to only have an idea in mind. You also need a team. The strength of the team is huge. Different divisions of labor and their respective duties can make the team run well.


Up in the Air (2009)

In the film Up in the Air, Ryan, the protagonist played by George Clooney, does an odd job and provides layoff services for other companies one by one. For more than 300 days a year, he has to fly to all parts of the country to represent the layoff companies, talk to the laid-off people and send them away as neatly as possible. And he also gradually approached a goal set by himself – accumulating enough mileage of 10 million kilometers and obtaining a senior membership card of the airline. Just as he was about to achieve his wish, small twists and turns appeared. A girl who had just graduated from school came to the company as his partner. The girl tried to change the interview layoff mode to video converter, which would obviously affect Ryan’s goal set for himself. What’s worse, the experience of partnering with her made the numb shell that wrapped Ryan outside his heart peel off.

Suggestions: As the film tells, “Your favorite moment, the most important moment in your life, were you alone?” and “Life’s better with the company.”


Wake Up Sid (2009)

Ayan Mukerji wrote and directed the 2009 Indian Hindi-language comic drama film Wake Up Sid, which was produced by Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar. The film is set in contemporary Mumbai and follows the narrative of Siddharth Mehra, a spoiled privileged kid who is taught the importance of accepting responsibility by Aisha Bannerjee, a young writer from Kolkata. More specifically, it’s about a privileged adolescent who goes from being financially supported by his father to being a self-sufficient workaholic.

Suggestions: Breaking out of your shell and stepping beyond your comfort zone is vital. And the only way to make your dreams come true in life is to be fearless.


The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

In 2006, this comedy-drama was a surprising hit, and it remains one of the most memorable workplace films to watch nowadays. Andy (Anne Hathaway), a fresh college graduate with huge ambitions and dreams of working as a serious journalist, settles for a position at a prominent fashion magazine she doesn’t comprehend in this film. She finds herself working as an assistant to evil in human form: Miranda Priestly, the editor in chief, played masterfully by Meryl Streep. Andy tries to cope with being Miranda’s servant while also attempting to comprehend an industry she is unfamiliar with. This film will teach you how to recognize a bad employer and how to deal with him or her. After seeing this film, praise your boss because no one will be as evil as Miranda Priestly.

Suggestions: As a newcomer, you may meet a boss like a devil. What should you do? You might as well learn from the heroine in this film. If you like this job, do it well and try your best to show yourself in order to win the favor of your boss; If you can’t continue to work, don’t spend your time complaining about the company or the boss. Instead, find a place suitable for your own development.


Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Chris Gardner (Will Smith), who is nearly thirty years old, is an ordinary medical device salesman. This unstable life has affected the harmony of the family. Finally, his wife Linda couldn’t stand the financial pressure and left Chris, leaving him and his 5-year-old son Christopher. At this time, Chris had only 21 yuan left in his bank account. Because he had no money to pay the rent, he and his son were kicked out of the apartment.

After a lot of trouble, Chris won the opportunity to intern in a famous stock investment company, but there was no salary during the internship, and only one person could successfully enter the stock investment company in the end. To pursue happiness, Chris decided to go on. In order to save money, Chris took his son to the shelter every night to eat and receive relief, but this did not destroy the family relationship between father and son and their faith. He believed that happiness would always fall on him. With great wisdom and hard work, Chris finally ushered in that happy moment.

Suggestions: If you have just left school and hope to show your skills in your future career, but the process of looking for a job gradually fades your ambition. There are as many people with higher education, ability, and power as you. What should you do? At this time, you can watch the film. If the hero in the film can set foot in a completely inexperienced field under such difficult circumstances and finally win the affirmation of the top management, I believe you can too.


Barbershop (2002)

In the film Barbershop, the hero Calvin inherited a barbershop in the south of Chicago from his father. It was the fruit of his father’s lifelong struggle, but in Calvin’s eyes, the shop was actually worthless. It was just a burden for him and a waste of his limited youth. It was not until he sold the shop to local speculators that Calvin began to realize his father’s foresight and began to regret selling the shop. A group of people with different personalities gathered in the barbershop. Their stories, jokes, experiences, and pain constitute the barbershop in front of us.

Suggestions: The work environment is an important factor in looking for a job. The crew of barbers gets to participate in half-informed conversations about whatever the hell comes to mind at any given moment, which is the type of work atmosphere most of us dream about.

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