The Assistant

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“The Assistant” follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant’s – making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.


  • Julia Garner
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Makenzie Leigh
  • Kristine Froseth
  • Jon Orsini
  • Noah Robbins
  • Stéphanye Dussud
  • Juliana Canfield
  • Alexander Chaplin
  • Dagmara Dominczyk

Did You Know?


  • Matthew Macfadyen and Dagmara Dominczyk both have starring roles in Succession.
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  • According to a White House invitation seen on screen, the month of December begins on a Wednesday. However, the laser-printed calendar page taped on the cabinet door behind Jane's desk only has 30 days. Since it's cold and snowing outside in New York City, the day being shown in the film has to be a day in November. However, the laser-printed calendar shows the 1st on a Wednesday. It is impossible for November and December to begin on the same day. Alternatively, if the day in the film is in December, they forgot to print a 31-day calendar.
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Verified Review

while the performances were good, the story was terrible

Marvin K
Verified Review

Took forever for the movie to have a tiny bit of suspense just to lead back to being slow and boring...

Marcia G


Feb 1, 2020

The Assistant is inspired by potentially scandalous material but subverts expectations, asking the audience to consider the broader societal implications of the crime.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
Jan 25, 2020

While the filmmaker rightly understands that shock value isn’t the only way to tell a visceral story, its central performance by Julia Garner is what makes the film most interesting to watch.

Metacritic review by Candice Frederick
Candice Frederick
Sep 4, 2019

The central character never develops in an interesting way. Well before the wrap-up of this brief tale, her cultivated recessiveness becomes tiresome and, in these particular circumstances, a bit dull.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter