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Fresh out of college, Annie is pressured by her mother to find a respectable position in the business world. Annie accepts the position as a nanny for a wealthy family. She learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket. Life becomes more complicated when she falls for a neighbor.
Comedy Drama Romantic - This is a comedy aimed squarely at the female audience, both young
and old. Fans of Scarlett Johansson and Laura Linney will have
plenty to savor here though fans of Paul Giamatti and Alicia Keys may
be disappointed by their fairly limited screen time.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average But the movie itself is sort of bland and obvious and comfortable.
USA TodayFull Review Average The very rich are different from you and me. And much worse. That's basically the message of the disappointingly banal Nanny Diaries, a film that is even more lightweight and clichéd than the fluff that was the best-selling book.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 113 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: They loved "The Nanny Diaries."
TEENS: Only about a third of the males really enjoyed it. Most
rated it average to below average. The ladies enjoyed it quite a bit
more. About three-quarters rated it very high. The rest rated it as an
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: A little better than half of both males and
females truly enjoyed it. The rest only rated it as an OK/average
ADULTS: There were just a few males and most enjoyed it. A few
rated it below average. Fortunately, none of the guys disliked it. As
for the females, these reviews are fairly disappointing, considering
this movie is targeted at females. Only a small percentage rated it
really high. Most rated it as above average to average with just a few
rating it below average. You will most likely enjoy "The Nanny
Diaries," but it's unlikely that you will love it.
Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson) is a young woman from a working-class neighborhood in New Jersey, struggling to understand her place in the world. Fresh out of college, she gets tremendous pressure from her nurse mother to find a respectable position in the business world although Annie would prefer to trade in her blackberry for an anthropologist's field diary. Through a serendipitous meeting, Annie ends up in the elite and ritualistic culture of Manhattan's Upper East Side -- as remote from Annie's suburban New Jersey upbringing as life in an Amazon tribal village. Choosing to duck out of real life, Annie accepts the position as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply "the X's." She quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket, as she must cater to the every whim of Mrs. X (Laura Linney) and her precocious son Grayer, while attempting to avoid the formidable Mr. X (Paul Giamatti). Life becomes even more complicated when Annie falls for a gorgeous neighbor of the X's (Chris Evans) who she nicknames Harvard Hottie, and is forced to explore what she wants to do with her life.