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Super Reviewer
½ May 3, 2008
Scarlett Johansson plays nanny to a horrible couple (the X'es) with a cute kid. Eventually she leaves, but not before explaining the error of Mrs. X's ways who reforms and lives happily ever after.

There is a bit of kitsch in this movie!
Super Reviewer
June 23, 2011
Quite enjoyed this film! It's one that make you feel good and happy. A must see!
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2010
I wouldn't say this completely blew me away or something, but it was enjoyable. Though "flying around with a red umbrella" was a bit weird and there were more cheesiness involved (which I don't feel like explaining and it was tolerable enough to forgive), but this wasn't bad after all. The story reflects the reality and that's what I like about it most. It gets pretty touchy at some moments.
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2010
I loved the book, so I was open minded towards the adaptation. Without the dry wit and sarcasm though, it feels like another bad script.
Super Reviewer
½ September 22, 2007
Good performances, sweet story with requisite cringe factor. Alicia Keys' speaking voice is simply delicious.
Super Reviewer
August 21, 2007
Johansson doesn't have plenty to do here except to become a very frustrated nanny who teaches her charge how to enjoy life and break unreasonable rules, something every child would definitely want to do given the innate rebellious streak within, especially from a spoiled brat. The comedy's quite predictable too, and one overused sequence involves an umbrella that looks suspiciously borrowed from Citigroup for a very tongue-in-cheek Mary Poppins homage. It doesn't have any genuinely funny laugh out loud moments, and got bogged down by a cursory romantic tangle with Chris Evan's Harvard Hottie. Paul Giamatti lends a helping hand to his American Splendour filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini as the dad who's always unavailable.

But the bottom line here, is a reflection for parents if they are doing all they can to provide a relatively normal childhood for their children, and of course, not to neglect them, and definitely not toss them primarily to the care of nannies.
Super Reviewer
January 4, 2008
Not the best thing I ever saw, but considering my total loathing of the book, I was surprised to be able to sit through the thing and only did so because I rented it for free and decided to give Scarlett the benefit of the doubt. Well, it wasn't as horrid as it could have been, although it was a big stretch of the imagination to try and see that child as cute in any way, but it is watchable (once), probably thanks to Scarlett.
Super Reviewer
August 18, 2008
The first thing you will say when watching this is that "I didn't know Paul Giamatti is in this". An aspiring executive/anthropologist fresh out of NYU decides to take some time off and become a nanny, documenting the entire situation for research purposes, but begins to feel for the young ward she watches and his Upper East Side mother.
This is your typical chick flick fare. A little above average and Paul Giamatti is great as the asshole husband, but other than that...
Super Reviewer
½ May 18, 2008
Better than expected...
Super Reviewer
May 11, 2008
This was really cute. It has a great, unique storyline and a really satisfying ending. I liked it.
Super Reviewer
March 2, 2008
Everytime this movie did something normal (Mrs. X [Laura Linney] saying "stay out of the master bedroom") and prompted some prediction for what the startling plot wrinkle might be (maybe she's secretly a ridiculously kinky sex fiend!), it turned out to be nothing. That's just one example of many, but every hint that it was going to get more interesting was a huge let down (and no, the rest of the instances have nothing to do with sex, though it would have at least made some of the movie good).

On top of this, there was way, way too much narration... it was like being spoon-fed valium.

As a curiosity, we watched the special features with the authors, and in short, it sounds like they just cashed in and allowed the studio to do whatever the hell it wanted to do with the acclaimed novel, so long as the royalties kept showing up. A true shame, as good performances by Linney, Scarlett Johansson and Paul Giamatti were all for naught in this snore-worthy, cliched domestic pap... and were all the Mary Poppins references _really_ necessary??
Super Reviewer
½ March 12, 2007
Very good and sweet comedy. Scarlett Johansson and Laura Linney are both very good value, and the barbed jokes at the expense of... vacuous society women mostly hit the spot.
Super Reviewer
½ January 13, 2008
Never predicted that this movie was this bad.... I thought this will be a great movie, they have Scarlett in this movie... she's lovely... The story not too well raised and the plot is too usual even it was good to reveal that the movie tells about the issue that happens right here right now i the city. But it's a little dissapointing act from Scarlett, i can't believe this girl already have some Golden Globe nominations... The great acting showed by Laura Linney, she deserved an Oscar challenge... Paul Giamatti did great too... But stills no entertains at all...
Super Reviewer
December 25, 2007
Great movie indeed. Well loving the talented Scarlett ain't so bad. Is the new age Mary Poppins jajaja!!! A 21-year-old New York University student becomes a nanny to a family on the Upper East Side who turns out to be the family from hell.The story of the journey of Annie Braddock, 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 and her precocious son Grayer, while attempting to avoid the formidable Mr. X. Life becomes even more complicated when Annie falls for a gorgeous Park Avenue Hottie, and she's forced to explore her identity as never before.
Super Reviewer
August 22, 2007
Heartwarming and sweet and funny to boot. I thought this was the best I have watched in the last week. And the little boy is so adorable...
Super Reviewer
September 1, 2007
This is a really cute and funny movie. Highly recommend.
Super Reviewer
½ June 13, 2013
Based on the bestselling novel, The Nanny Diaries is a witty and heartfelt comedy. The story follows a recent anthropology graduate who takes a job as a nanny for a rich Fifth Avenue family, but she finds the culture shock a little hard to handle. Featuring an impressive cast that includes Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Chris Evans, and Alicia Keys, the performances are pretty good and carry some weight. The comedy is also rather impressive, and delivers some wry satire about the nanny culture and the effects that it has on the family. However, the character development is a little weak and the plot's a bit contrived at times. A fun and charming comedy, The Nanny Diaries is an entertaining film with a poignant message.
Super Reviewer
½ August 12, 2010
Early on in the dirty diaper of a comedy called The Nanny Diaries (hereafter called ?X?), a New Jersey woman describes her ex-husband as having taken up in ?a double-wide in Scranton? as if it were the fifth circle of Dante?s Inferno. Long the ashtray of popular culture (thank you, Kingpin), Scranton can rest assured that it no longer the lowest rung on the zeitgeist ladder. No, dear readers, this prized distinction clearly now belongs to the uncannily bland ?X.? What begins as a winning sociological assessment from the team that brought audiences the hilariously sardonic American Splendor quickly descends into a witless exercise in cutesy cinema.

Adapted from Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin?s novel, the PG-13-rated Nanny Diaries follows the hellish experiences of a 21 year-old NYU graduate (Johansson) who signs on to be a nanny for a nameless snooty Upper East Side family (Linney, Paul Giamatti).

Directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini begin the adaptation by dressing up ?X? as a literal Museum of Natural History piece?-New York character types as wax figures behind glass. This inspired take on the material actually works quite well until, for some unknown reason, the exercise transforms into a simple and lifeless family/romantic comedy. And just imagine their leading lady (those lips!), the lovely young starlet Johansson (those eyes!), as a nanny (surprise!). Because this reviewer simply could not. It is not that the Lost in Translation star can't act?-it is just difficult to buy Maxim?s ?Sexiest Woman Alive? as X?s dowdy bottom-feeder.

Bottom line: Mary Poopings.
Super Reviewer
September 12, 2008
Very creative movie. I enjoyed it through and through. There were humorous parts and heartbreaking parts.
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