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Title: The Nanny Diaries   

Year Of Release: 2007

Review Date: May 31, 2009

Rating: PG-13

Running time: 106 minutes

Box Office Gross: $44,638,886

Site Rating: 4 out of 10 stars

The Nanny Diaries stars Scarlet Johansson, Alicia Keys and Chris Evans. The film is about a university graduate, Annie, whose degree and white race made her top choice as a nanny. She soon finds out it is not the easiest job in the world.

First her future employer wooed her. Then, after she was hired, the same employer, an Upper Eastside snobby wife, who turned in a solid performance, treated her like garbage, with no feelings or personal life. Her husband was a cruel philanderer that fed all her insecurities as well.

Both parents did not spend enough time with their child, treating him like an adult, failing to let him be a child. Annie works constantly and in typical nanny culture, raises someone else’s child, rather than being there as a helping hand.

During the process, she is egged on by her best friend, played by Alicia Keys, whose performance was average and at times her expressions vague and unconvincing. However, she’s still not the worst singer turned actress. Beyonce and Madonna have her roundly beat in that category.

The Nanny Diaries was a disappointment. Once again, Hollywood marketed a very grown up film, to a child and teen audience. Not cool. They did the same with the movie "Uptown Girls" which I wrote about previously in the Sound Off Column.

Annie’s heavy make out session with the hunk next door and another scene featuring the child she cared for pulling her pants down as a prank, revealing her underwear and the very adult conversation scene in the bar, were inappropriate for a film featuring a child.

This movie could have been much better. Not to mention, it was very derivative.  


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