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Annie (2014)

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Critic Consensus: The new-look Annie hints at a progressive take on a well-worn story, but smothers its likable cast under clichés, cloying cuteness, and a distasteful materialism.

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A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures' comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Laurence "Jay" Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play "Annie," book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on "Little Orphan Annie," (C) and (R) Tribune Media Services, Inc. Academy Award (R) nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around. (c) Sony

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Cast

Jamie Foxx
as Will Stacks
Cameron Diaz
as Miss Hannigan
Dorian Missick
as Annie's "Dad"
Tracie Thoms
as Annie's "Mom"
Mike Birbiglia
as Social Services Inspector
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Mrs. Kovacevic
Peter Van Wagner
as Harold Gray
Ray Iannicelli
as Waiter at Domani
Michael J. Fox
as As Himself
Jill Nicolini
as Ms. Giannetti
Raushanna Simmons
as YaYa L'Occitane
Brad Bong
as Pickle Stevens
Andrew Fleming
as Cleve Sweetzer
Ty Jones
as Stacks Mobile Reporter
Jessica Sherr
as Mary Gillen
Donnamarie Recco
as Woman on Street
Víctor Cruz
as Teacher
Richardson Taylor
as Red Haired "Annie"
Mimi Bessette
as Stacks' Store Woman
Ryan DeLuca
as Chase Teen
Danny Flaherty
as Chase Teen
Patricia Clarkson
as Focus Group Woman
Brendan Burke
as Sanitation Engineer
Allison Jean White
as Woman at Stacks' Building
Sia Furler
as Animal Care & Control Volunteer
Taryn Gluck
as Street Rat
Alexandra Gluck
as Street Rat
Derrick Baskin
as Auditioning "Dad"
Pernell Walker
as Auditioning "Mom"
Lannon Killea
as Stacks' Technician
Molly Prather
as Stacks' Technician
Bobby Moynihan
as Guy In Bar
Mila Kunis
as Andrea Alvin
Ashton Kutcher
as Simon Goodspeed
Rihanna
as Moon Goddess
Scarlett Benchley
as Fish Goddess
Pat Kiernan
as NY1 Reporter
Beth Rowe
as Reporter
Lytle Harper
as Domani Reporter
Brittany Connors
as Biking Girl
Aldous Davidson
as Biking Guy
Lance Kerfuffle
as Guggenheim President
Kevin Cannon
as Photobomber
J. Kaitlin Becker
as Grace's Assistant
Alan Purwin
as Stacks' Pilot
Ben Skorstad
as Stacks' Pilot
Gia Henderson
as Auditioning Woman #2
Mark Whitfield
as Guitarist
Sade DeMorcy
as "Tomorrow" Girl
Brittany Parks
as Overture Singer
Emma Wetzel
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Hannah Green
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Joseph Mancini
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Alex Rubiano
as Tap Dancing Classmates
Eliza David
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Tymell Hubbard
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Josh Price
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Sofia Rubino
as Tap Dancing Classmate
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Critic Reviews for Annie

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (43)

The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.

Full Review… | January 9, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Even Sandy the dog looks like he's had enough.

Full Review… | December 29, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The vigorous display of good feelings and comforting resolutions has an unusually effervescent sincerity, even if the rags-to-riches wish-fulfillment leaps over all the hard knocks.

Full Review… | December 29, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

A teeter-totter between O.K. and Meh.

Full Review… | December 23, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Did I really just watch Foxx and Wallis do an entire musical number set inside a moving helicopter? I did, and I've never felt more embarrassed for two actors, mostly because Foxx seems embarrassed for himself.

Full Review… | December 19, 2014
Grantland
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Considering this musical has its roots in Depression-era American, Gluck's contemporary take on the material is eerily lacking in observations about the rich/poor divide in this country.

Full Review… | December 19, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Annie

Terriblay. Obviously a career vehicle for Quvenzhane Wallis who is lively and game but not as good of a singer or dancer as the other little girls in the ensemble. Cameron Diaz is laughably evil as Miss Hannigan, but she really throws herself into her musical numbers. I was hoping they'd do something worthwhile with the illiteracy reveal, like that Annie's letter never said that her parents were coming back; she just made up what she couldn't read and the other girls enabled her out of sympathy.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

Annie wasn't the tragedy I expected, with a surprisingly very good cast and fun twists on the songs, but it ends up just being a unnecessary remake.

Bradley Wright
Bradley Wright

Super Reviewer

½

There's a good movie in the great idea of modern multiracial reboot of not only Broadway musical "Annie",but also there is a great remake based not only on the Broadway musical but also new elements that were more better than the 1982 movie version that it was based on. Unfortunately, it has some great moments but it falls short of the mark. The crazy multi-talented Quvenzhane Wallis(Best Actress Oscar nominee for "Beasts of the Southern Wild") is brilliant in the title role,but she is mired by the unclear update that is more hooked on consumer electronics and social media not to mention consist selfies. Not to mention the supporting cast which included the worst performance by an actress in cinema(hint....Cameron Diaz is NO Carol Burnett) along with the rest of the cast who give one-note performances especially coming from Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne,and Bobby Canavale. The film is produced by the team of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith along with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Beyonce Knowles who served as executive producers. Don't get me wrong here that this new version of "Annie" is very kid friendly and the musical numbers are great,but the Ms. Wallis' performance is dead-on target but the rest of the acting falls just short of the mark.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

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