Nanny Diaries, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Donna Murphy, Chris Evans, Paul Giamatti, Alicia Keys. Written by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini, Jenny Bicks. Directed by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The Nanny Diaries tells the story of Annie Braddock (Johansson), a young woman struggling to understand her place in the world. Fresh out of college, she gets tremendous pressure from her nurse mother to find a respectable position in the business world, although Annie would prefer to trade in her blackberry for an anthropologist's field diary. Through a serendipitous meeting, Annie ends up in the elite and ritualistic culture of Manhattan's Upper East Side -- as remote from Annie's suburban New Jersey upbringing as life in an Amazon tribal village. Choosing to duck out of real life, Annie accepts the position as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply "the X's." She quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket, as she must cater to the every whim of Mrs. X (Linney) and her precocious son, Grayer, while attempting to avoid the nasty Mr. X (Giamatti).

PREVIEW REVIEW: Containing a subtle, involving performance from the magical Ms. Johansson, some good comic satire from the writers, and a stressed message that money is not the end all, its Mary Poppins for grownups. Indeed, there are several not so faint tributes to Disneys Poppins, including the leads flight of fantasy as she sails above the city with the aid of an umbrella, and the films message: true riches are found in ones own children. In place of a spoonful of sugar, Nanny convinces her little charge that peanut butter and jelly makes the medicine go down. She even finds an opportunity to repeat the worlds longest word, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (can you say it backwards?). Well, it lacks the class and classic-ness of Mary Poppins, but it is an enjoyable outing with its Erma Bombeck-like witty narration and humorous satire of parents who treat their children like possessions. That said, read the content before you decide to attend.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

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Crude Language: We get to see the kid vomit.

Obscene Language: The s-word is spoken six or so times by the lead and the f-word is spoken by the villainous Mr. X.

Profanity: One profane use of Gods name by Mr. X. Oh my God is heard a couple of times.

Violence: No violence, but Mr. X is abusive in speech to his wife. Several verbal battles between the husband and wife affect the child.

Sex: It is implied that the Nanny finally sleeps with a new love. It is not seen. It becomes clear that Mr. X (a really bad guy) is an adulterer. He makes a unwanted pass at the nanny.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some social drinking.

Other: The lead deceives her mother in order to escape her control.

Running Time: 117 minutes
Intended Audience: Older Teens and Above

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