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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Scarlett Johansson
Laura Linney
Paul Giamatti
Chris Evans
Donna Murphy.
Directors
Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini.
Screenwriters
Robert Pulcini
Shari Springer Berman.
Running Time
105 minutes

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The Nanny Diaries
Mary Poppins meets The Devil Wears Prada


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Plot
A college student (Johansson) goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, her studies, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.


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The Nanny Diaries
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Bookish girl gets a new job and a glimpse into a glamorous but cut-throat world - sound familiar?

This comedy is certainly going for the Devil Wears Prada market - it’s even based on a novel by two former nannies. Scarlett Johansson plays accidental child carer Annie, who starts working for rich New Yorkers Mr and Mrs ‘X’ (Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney). The kid’s cute, but the parents are a nightmare, so Annie has various comical struggles trying to live up to their increasingly outrageous demands.

Linney is superb, but Johansson doesn’t quite work the girl-next-door thing, and Chris Evans has Token Love Interest written all over him. Fanciful Mary Poppins references clash with the true-life tone, too. It's a pleasant, fitfully amusing watch, but neither screamingly funny nor emotionally rewarding.


Verdict
Johansson is no Anne Hathaway in this pleasant but forgettable comedy.


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Made me laugh

As a cute comedy it did it's job and made me laugh. I admit that i thought it would be the worst movie ever, i just couldn't see scarlett johannssen as the sweet girl next door type but overall she did a good enough job. Linney stole the show but Johannsen worked well with her and i believed their characters. Chris evans looked pretty like he was meant to and alicia keys was average but entertaining. I found it hard to believe the friendship but I was able to get over it. The movie ended w... More

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Posted by MariannaBelle at 19:43, 22 February 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Hmm

I rented this last week and thought it was pretty enjoyable. It's not a film I'd watch again or own but it passed 90 minutes pretty quickly. ... More

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Posted by Diggler at 10:27, 31 March 2008 | Report This Post


Hmm

Works in places but seems too dark where it should be light and vice versa. Johannssen and Linney are always good but all the other characters are one dimensional. ... More

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Posted by Caster at 15:58, 30 March 2008 | Report This Post


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