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Synopsis

"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.

Cast

  • Julia Garner
  • Matthew Macfadyen
  • Makenzie Leigh
  • Kristine Froseth
  • Jon Orsini
  • Noah Robbins
  • Stéphanye Dussud
  • Purva Bedi
  • Juliana Canfield
  • Devon Caraway

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Metacritic

60
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
80
Sep 4, 2019

[Green has] made a powerful movie about the ways power enforces silence, even between assistants and other underlings—people convinced they have everything to lose. It’s a movie about the tragedy of being brought into the fold and conditioned into that silence. And it’s a movie about how a person feels when they believe they have nowhere to go.

K. Austin Collins
Vanity Fair
83
Sep 4, 2019

A quiet work with major ambitions, The Assistant is a significant cultural statement in cinematic form.

Eric Kohn
IndieWire