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Back to the Office: Best Workplace Comedies

We recommend these comedies about the work environment to make the return to the office more enjoyable

'I am Betty, the ugly one', 'The Office' and 'Fashion Intern'

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The pandemic brought with it a new way of working and that was the "home office". However, it is very likely that by now the return to normality is becoming more common every day. That is why we bring you recommendations for comedy movies and series about the work environment to make your return to work a little more enjoyable.

The Office

Considered one of the best sitcoms of recent times, "The Office" focuses on the work environment of a regional office that is dedicated to the sale of paper and that brings a nightmarish, sexist and incompetent boss. Characterized by its black humor and some very uncomfortable moments, this series is presented as a mockumentary. Without a doubt, it will get you more than one laugh. The series has two adaptations, the first is the British version that has two seasons and is starring Ricky Gervais, who was part of the scriptwriters. The second is the American adaptation that has 9 seasons and stars Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Jenna Fisher. You can find both versions on the HBO Max streaming platform.

Ugly Betty

It is no coincidence that this telenovela is one of the most-watched on Netflix. The plot focuses on Betty, an unattractive but very intelligent woman, an expert in economics and finance, who will soon find a job at a company called Ecomoda where she will constantly face insults and contempt from some of her co-workers. A little more than 20 years have passed since the premiere of this Colombian telenovela and it is still valid. Breaking with the stereotype of the protagonist and giving a deeper meaning to the character allows us to establish an ambiguity of good and bad, which makes this story endearing.

The Devil Wears Prada

Many people would kill for the position Andrea (Anne Hathaway) has landed as an assistant to the impossible and demanding Miranda Presley played by Meryl Streep, editor of a Runway fashion magazine. Andy will be questioned about everything he will have to endure for his job. Also known as "The Devil Wears Prada" this film has become a cult movie for those who love fashion. What are you willing to lose for a job? One of the questions raised by this film. You can find it on Amazon Prime.

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Mirreyes vs. Godinez

In Mexico, the expression "Godínez" refers to people who work in an office. On the other hand, "Mirreyes" usually refers to young people of a privileged class. Things start to go wrong when the owner of a shoe store dies and his employees find themselves in a fight with the owner's son and his friends over the direction of the place. One of the most successful Mexican films of recent times and with situations that, if you work in an office, you will surely identify with. You can find it on Prime Video, you will also find a pandemic special.

The Intern

The plot centers on Ben Whittaker, a recently retired 70-year-old widower who is searching for new meaning in his life. Everything changes for Ben when he finds an internship in an online fashion company, which would give him a new opportunity to return to work. Starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, the film makes us question the role of older adults in the workplace. You can find it on HBO Max.

9 to 5

Last but not least. We end these recommendations with a classic film dedicated to the work environment. With its original title "Nine to five" it is known in Latin America as "How to eliminate your boss" released in 1980. The film focuses on three secretaries who work under the orders of a despotic and selfish boss. They all dream of getting revenge on him and by different coincidences, they end up achieving it. Starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, this fun film makes you empathize with the protagonists and brings to the table a topic as current as workplace harassment. You can find this movie on Disney Plus.