The Nanny Diaries Reviews
There is a bit of kitsch in this movie!
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.
This is your typical chick flick fare. A little above average and Paul Giamatti is great as the asshole husband, but other than that...
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??
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.