The Nanny Diaries


The Nanny Diaries

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The Nanny Diaries' miscast lead and unrealistic, one-dimensional characters make this class satire far less effective than it should've been.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5

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A recent college graduate with few job prospects is hired to care for a precocious four-year-old boy in this satirical urban comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, and Chris Evans. Annie Braddock (Johansson) is attempting to put her anthropology degree to good use in New York City with little success to show for her efforts. When a posh Upper East Side couple enlists Annie's aid in caring for their preschool-aged son, Annie's entire perspective is forever changed as she attempts to adjust to her new surroundings, shares a romance with a wealthy native boy, and strives to teach her charge the true meaning of happiness.

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Scarlett Johansson
as Annie Braddock
Alicia Keys
as Lynette
Chris Evans
as Harvard Hottie--Hayden
Donna Murphy
as Judy Braddock
Julie White
as Jane Gould
James Urbaniak
as Educational Consultant
Lewis Payton Jr.
as Bike Messenger
Sonnie Brown
as Human Resources Director
Georgina Chapman (II)
as TriBeCa Fashionista
Jodi Michelle Pynn
as Screeching Lady
Joanna Heimbold
as Glamour Mom
Marla Sucharetza
as Charity Mom
Phoebe Jonas
as Xanax Mom
Allison Sarofim
as Eating Disorder Mom
Tina Benko
as Shopaholic Mom
Reathel Bean
as Doorman
Rosa Nino
as Maria
Matilda Downey
as Polish Nanny
Elle De Amor
as Loud Nanny
Pete Heitmann
as Guitar Player
Nina Garbiras
as Miss Chicago
Rose Gonzalez
as South American Nanny
Shalonne Lee
as Jamaican Nanny
Ilana Levine
as Whiny Mom
Isabel Keating
as Paranoid Mom
Kevin M. Kraft
as Pierrot No. 1
Nicholas Alexiy Moran
as Pierrot No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The Nanny Diaries

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (43)

  • Batten down the hatches; here's a film that really blows.

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Top Critic
  • The conclusion is desperately trite, but Linney's performance helps this comedy - based on a novel by two nannies, take note - feel like a credible peek behind very expensive curtains.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The Nanny Diaries, despite many bright moments and a superior level of craftsmanship, is now a flabby urban fairy tale.

    Aug 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • With [Linney], the film receives some badly needed dimension to its thin satire, not to mention the lion's share of the laughs.

    Aug 25, 2007 | Rating: B

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • This is the sort of ho-hum production that will likely seem less disappointing on a smaller screen.

    Aug 25, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Whatever its faults are, The Nanny Diaries is hardly the disaster that the gossipmongers -- including, perhaps, even the studio that made it -- want us to believe.

    Aug 24, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Nanny Diaries


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!

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Quite enjoyed this film! It's one that make you feel good and happy. A must see!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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