Scarlett Johansson and Alicia Keys in “The Nanny Diaries.”
While there might be some issues with the movie, The Nanny Diaries is still well-acted and entertaining. Read what Todd Gilchrist from IGN.com has to say:
It’s tough to get excited about a movie like The Nanny Diaries. Adapted from a best-selling novel that chronicles the social universe of affluent New Yorkers, the film is professionally mounted, well-acted and generally entertaining, and yet it is ultimately almost completely forgettable. Is this because Diaries is being released in a season already overloaded with so many other films, many of which are themselves unmemorable? Perhaps. But the slim advantage of a terrific cast and crew helps the film “not” to become much more than yet another entry in the wasteland of post-summer, pre-Oscar season film releases.
The initial problem with the film is its lack of identity, which is somewhat intentional, especially given the decision to reduce the characters to their simplest essence. Scarlett Johansson (The Prestige) plays Annie, quickly renamed Nanny when she is mistaken for an out-of-work child-care provider and hired by Mrs. X (Laura Linney) to rear her son Grayer. While Mrs. X suffers through spa days and “me time” that seldom if ever includes her neglected son, her husband Mr. X (Paul Giamatti) is either absently tyrannical or tyrannically absent, and Nanny is left with the lion’s share of the caregiving. Putting her anthropology background to work, Nanny soon uncovers a fascinating world of detached relationships and half-hearted commitments that belie the privilege and opportunity the couple’s wealth affords them.
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In Theaters: August 24, 2007
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