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Nanny Diaries
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12.04.2007 By: Sturdy
Nanny Diaries order
Director:
Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman

Actors:
Scarlett Johansson
Laura Linney
Alicia Keys

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A recent college graduate has a chance encounter with an Upper East Side mother thatís in need of a nanny. Deciding it will be a good experience, she takes the job and finds herself in a world she doesnít belong in, but doesnít want to leave.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I think itís an unwritten rule that every actress must star in a film where they have to handle or raise bad kids. It must be a right of passage for actresses or something. This film would mark Scarlett Johanssonís turn in the role, but by this time, weíve seen it all before and she doesnít give us anything new.

Itís not her fault the movie didnít work. Itís just that the script is a mild rewrite of several other films like UPTOWN GIRLS and STEPMOM. Thereís not a whole lot youíre going to be able to do with this genre anymore. Despite that, I think NANNY DIARIES could have at least tried a little harder. As it is, it feels like the filmmakers have already given up on originality and were just going through the motions.

Everyone in the film does a fine job. I liked Paul Giamatti in an unusual role. Linney and Johannson do fine jobs with what they have, but no one really steals the show. Johannson looks really bored and has her typical blank stare through the entire film. Chris Evans and Alicia Keys are nothing more than supporting roles and the little kid isnít used as much as the previews would have you believe.

The biggest problem with the film is that weíve all seen it before. If youíre going to rehash a tired storyline, then you have to do something original with it. Unfortunately for these filmmakers, they didnít do anything unique. Thus, the audience is left with a boring, below average film.
THE EXTRAS
Making of Nanny Diaries (16:43): This is your basic making-of featurette. Everyone shows up to talk about the film and give a quick recap of how it became a movie. Thereís some decent behind the scenes footage and they keep the movie clips to a minimum. Itís ok, but itís not long enough to give any decent information.

Confessions from the Original Nannies (22:28): The two ladies that wrote the book the movie is based on show up and talk about the book, film and their own experiences as nannies. Itís an extension of the movie, so if you like the film, youíll probably get a kick out of this.

Bloopers (4:05): This isnít too bad as far as blooper reels go. However, thereís like a 30 second shameless introdcution by LíOreal in the beginning. Iíve never seen a special feature with a sponsor before, but I guess you have to get your money wherever you can.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Unless youíre just a die-hard Scarlett Johannson fan, I canít see any reason to recommend this. It was tough to sit through and I think it probably takes the audience more effor to watch it than it took the filmmakers to make it.
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