Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
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.
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