Reviewed by: Laura Ashland
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|Featuring:||Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Chris Evans, Donna Murphy|
|Director:||Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini|
|Producer:||Dany Wolf, Richard N. Gladstein|
“A comedy about life at the top, as seen from the bottom.”
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Based on Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin’s popular satirical novel, the film stars Scarlett Johansson as a working-class woman from New Jersey who becomes a nanny to a wealthy Manhattan family. A 21-year-old New York University student (Johansson) goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, her studies, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.”
This movie started out with a newly graduated girl looking for a place in the world. She is raised by her single mother, of whom wants her desperately to “do better than she did.” While trying to figure out what is the right path, she happens upon an opportunity to try something totally new… being a Nanny.
The story is very neatly presented in resume form, as the main character Annie (Scarlett Johansson), gives the details of her experience. She thinks this slight detour on living life will give her some perspective on life. Instead, it causes her to get caught up in a family that she really doesn’t want to be a part of.
The movie takes place in New York. Annie finds herself in a big city, working for someone who is an overprotective disengaged wife and mother “Mrs. X” (Laura Linney), and a workaholic, adulterous husband “Mr. X” (Paul Giamatti). She tries to make a difference in the poor falling apart family, and finds herself stuck between a child she is starting to love, and living her life.
The movie is morally okay. I would not take my kids to see it though. The lacking parenting skills aside, there are many things about the movie that I did not care for. The father is caught by Annie kissing on an assistant. He then steps over the line when he makes a pass at her. There is one scene where the little boy pulls Annie’s pants down to “break her in.” Annie uses the f-bomb when she is made fun of by a love interest’s “Harvard Hottie” (Chris Evans) friends. Annie’s best friend “Lynette” (Alicia Keyes) also moves to the city to attend grad school and finds a gay roommate in which there is a scene where he is pretending to be Lynette’s boyfriend. There is one scene where it’s implied that Harvard Hottie and Annie sleep together.
All in all this movie was funny, lighthearted, and sweet. It ends well and despite all of the unnecessary profanity and ugliness, it was good. I would definitely NOT let a child see this.
Violence: None / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Minor