The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries

The Nanny Diaries
From the directors of the excellent 'American Splendor', a chick-flick-ish adaptation of the novel 'The Nanny Diaries'.

Follows Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), a young woman from a working-class neighborhood in New Jersey, as she struggles to find her feet. Fresh out of college, through a serendipitous meeting, Annie ends up in the elite culture of New York's Upper East Side - remote from Annie's suburban New Jersey. But she bolts from that life... and decides to accept a position as a nanny for a wealthy family.

Annie quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket, as she cater to the every whim of the rich family & their brat of a son. But - as luck would have it - she falls for their neighbour, a "Harvard hottie".
2007Rating: M, contains low level offensive language109 minsUSA
AdaptationRomantic Comedy

Reviews & comments

Laura Linney

Laura Linney's performance was unbelievable! She was a great character in the movie, even if she acts like a selfish person who puts herself before her son. Great performance Laura.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Because The Nanny Diaries is essentially a two-character story whose supporting players are wooden props, it would help if the actors playing the two were evenly matched. But Ms. Johansson’s Annie, who narrates the movie in a glum, plodding voice, is a leaden screen presence, devoid of charm and humor...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The comedy has several inspired moments and a genuine flair for the satiric, but overall the film leaves you cold...

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The movie itself is sort of bland and obvious and comfortable...

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Although Johansson has a knack for nailing most roles, the angry yet fun-loving nanny doesn't quite work for her...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

The supporting players do a serviceable job in their roles, but no amount of Oscar-nominee nuance from Giamatti or Linney can salvage what amounts to a candy-striped trifle for post-collegiate slacker existentialists...

1.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It is at least fun watching Giamatti (Sideways) relishing this unusual role for him as a wealthy, powerful, adulterous husband, but at the end of the day this film feels like a terrible waste of talent...

2.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The fact is there's a lot of talent going to waste in this humdrum chick flick. And the script could have done with a lot more comedy and far less schmaltz. Fans of the book are bound to be disappointed by all the movie-cliche add-ons. The result is a bland, predictably ordinary story, which you've seen many times before...

2.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Because The Nanny Diaries is essentially a two-character story whose supporting players are wooden props, it would help if the actors playing the two were evenly matched. But Ms. Johansson’s Annie, who narrates the movie in a glum, plodding voice, is a leaden screen presence, devoid of charm and humor...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The comedy has several inspired moments and a genuine flair for the satiric, but overall the film leaves you cold...

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The movie itself is sort of bland and obvious and comfortable...

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Although Johansson has a knack for nailing most roles, the angry yet fun-loving nanny doesn't quite work for her...

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

The supporting players do a serviceable job in their roles, but no amount of Oscar-nominee nuance from Giamatti or Linney can salvage what amounts to a candy-striped trifle for post-collegiate slacker existentialists...

1.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

It is at least fun watching Giamatti (Sideways) relishing this unusual role for him as a wealthy, powerful, adulterous husband, but at the end of the day this film feels like a terrible waste of talent...

2.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

The fact is there's a lot of talent going to waste in this humdrum chick flick. And the script could have done with a lot more comedy and far less schmaltz. Fans of the book are bound to be disappointed by all the movie-cliche add-ons. The result is a bland, predictably ordinary story, which you've seen many times before...

2.0

Laura Linney

Laura Linney's performance was unbelievable! She was a great character in the movie, even if she acts like a selfish person who puts herself before her son. Great performance Laura.

4.0