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The Nanny Diaries (Widescreen Edition) (2007)

Scarlett Johansson , Laura Linney , Robert Pulcini , Shari Springer Berman  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Donna Murphy, John Henry Cox
  • Directors: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman
  • Writers: Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman, Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Dany Wolf
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKL6T8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nanny Diaries (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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Annie is a young girl from a working-class neighborhood who suddenly finds herself working as a nanny for wealthy family in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Between catering to the every whim of her employers and their precocious son and falling in love with their gorgeous neighbor, Annie tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nanny and the City September 22, 2007
-I knew absolutely nothing about this movie going in. Didn't know who was in it or what it was going to be about. To my surprise I enjoyed the well made movie very much. It had great acting, a solid story, and whiles not being original had it's own unique charms that makes it a very enjoyable movie.

-The movie tells the story of Annie who is a recent graduate plucked into a world she wasn't expecting. She plans to be a financial consultant or something like that but ends being a nanny by chance. The rest of the movie follows her on her adventure as she learns what it takes to be a nanny in NY, and also learns what it takes to survive life.

-The film-making technique is not necessarily an original one in which the main character narrates the whole story but what helps in this one is that it's quite an entertaining narration and she doesn't narrate the whole movie so it does help. The odd visual style is also nicely done with some unique effects and one really weird scene in which we see Annie flying through New York all Mary Poppins style.

-Scarlett Johansson is building quite an impressive resume with this brilliant movie. Last year she was great in "The Prestige" and now this year she knocks it out of the park in this. I unlike 99.7% of men don't find her hot nor do I fantasize about her, but she is a very good actress and I hope she gets more roles that showcases her acting assets like this one did. She plays her character with a sweet down to earth nature that really makes you root for her all the way. I didn't think at the start of this year that one of my favorite movie characters would be a nanny but alas that is the case here. Singer turned actress Alicia Keys plays the best friend Lynette.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Want to See it, Glad I Did... May 30, 2009
I had no intention of seeing this flick. My daughter, who spent a few years as a nanny, didn't care for it. And I didn't know what to expect. But at the video store, with coupon in hand and slim pickings, I rented it.

I ended up being charmed by the unique quirkiness of this film. Nanny Diaries includes a hint of Mary Poppins along with a museum-type look at family norms and not so norms throughout the movie. This film has elements of terrible sadness and that is why my daughter didn't like it. The viewer gets to see the inside of a very unhealthy family. Annie (Johannson) doesn't come from much healthier stock with a mom who is over-bearing and hard to please and a father who is a non-figure in her life.

Annie hits her crossroad moment when a potential new employer asks her who she is. Annie discovers who she is by her short time as a nanny.

I was impressed with the total lack of on-screen sexuality. Annie has a behind closed doors moment with a kissing scene leading up to it and Mr. X is in two compromising situations that mostly play out off camera. One or two F-Bombs and a smattering of the usual curse words give it the PG-13.

I was pleased with the ending and overall really liked this film. The acting is very good, Giamatti was very easy to despise and Linney played her role as vulnerable selfish socialite flawlessly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good movie. November 24, 2007
By Michiru
The basic story: Annie, a recently graduated Anthropology student, panics under the pressure her mother is putting on her to become a businesswoman. Hoping to get some downtime and get her head together, Annie takes a job as a nanny with "Mr. and Mrs. X" for their son Greyer.

Mr. and Mrs. X, as you might guess, are appalling people (think the Real Housewives of Orange County) who mistreat their son and are far more concerned about image than reality. Annie, who grows to love and pity Greyer, finds that she's become his sole emotional support, and so puts up with all the abuse Mrs. X dishes out, as well as the creepy advances of Mr. X (who is a lecher, though Mrs. X is desperately in denial) in order to support him.

All of this was very poignant and realistic. However, it seems like the filmmakers wanted to make a feel good movie, and the above is not feel-good material. Thus, a plastic romantic interest and an ending where everyone learns their lesson is added in to assure the audience that it's all in good fun. I was left very skeptical of how quickly various characters came to momentous decisions.

Still, Nanny Diaries is a movie with a lot going for it. The acting is wonderful throughout, with Mr. and Mrs. X (played by Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney) in particular giving very vivid performances. There are also a few cute and funny scenes scattered inbetween the depressing bits of Mrs. X being a shrew and Mr. X cheating.

Nanny Diaries is a movie worth seeing, but don't be surprised if the ending makes you feel a bit blindsided.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not half as good as it wants you to think it is September 10, 2007
The Nanny Diaries fits into the same category as The Devil Wears Prada. Both feature women who take a plunge into a society that's not prepared for them and, more importantly, they aren't prepared for. In the Devil Wears Prada, the target is fashion. Here, the target is more broad: upper class Manhattanites with no time for their families.

The movie owes even more to The Devil Wears Prada (including a brief snippet that features the main character reading the novel in a wink-wink, nudge-nudge homage) and contains, unfortunately, none of the spark and cutting edge that the former had. Here we have the always beautiful Scarlett Johansson as an Anthropology student named Annie who is uncertain about her future and what she wants to be in the real world. Instead of facing the future, she stumbles upon Mrs. X (played with icy chill by Laura Linney) who mistakes her name Annie as "nanny" and immediately the park seems crowded with Manhattanites who want her services.

Long story short, she gets the job and, like a certain fashionista, discovers she bit off more than she can chew. Along the route, she meets the "Harvard Hottie" (Chris Evans) and the lecherous and incredibly creepy Mr. X (played by Paul Giamatti in a role very unlike his others) and learns about love, life and the importance of "following your dreams"(tm).

While the story is humorous in parts and I really enjoyed the framing as an anthropology experiment where it's Annie looking from the outside in and learning about this absolutely foreign culture, it suffers from pacing problems. The beginning was amusing and fun and so was the ending. How they got there, though, was not worth the time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AS a mom of seven.......super great!
so , I never had a nanny until number seven came along and I wanted to finish my 'degree'. well, my life is far from this type of privileged, but I can say the scenes are funny and... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Adam J Rawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sweet comedy!
Fun characters - not all fully developed - but entertaining nonetheless. Scarlett is just gorgeous and does a great job with her role.
Published 15 hours ago by Rebecca
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and sappy. Chemistry wasn't really there between love...
Predictable and sappy. Chemistry wasn't really there between love interests. Kind of a waste of an evening and I won't watch it again.
Published 18 hours ago by Carol Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie, but things could be better
This movie had great acting, but could have more of an after-story. the love part was great, but then again could be worked on. Read more
Published 1 day ago by mom of 3
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Comedy, Adventure, and some drama. With good looking people. Great movie. The mothers are what some would say are the real way rich mothers act.
Published 2 days ago by Crystal M.
5.0 out of 5 stars cute movie!
I was browsing through the PRIME videos and noticed this movie cover. First thought, "whoa! Black Widow and Captain America in a Pre-Avengers movie together?! Awesome! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Belvien Sumabat
4.0 out of 5 stars Nanny Diaries
This is a fun, entertaining film that shows Scarlett Johannson in a different light than I'm used to seeing. If you want a no-brainer kind of story, check out this flick!
Published 3 days ago by S. Gemmill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
I had heard about this movie from my wife that it was very good. I usually would not have thought twice about a movie with the titleNannyDiaries but watched it and was total... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gary W Harms
5.0 out of 5 stars Nanny Diaries Review
Great movie!! Very great points and great lesson to be learned about finding ones self through adversity and over coming obstacles.
Published 3 days ago by Carlene
5.0 out of 5 stars It's absolutely adoarable
I love the movie, because of the way that it manages to be adorable and funny and faintly romantic all at the same time. It's not much of a thinking movie, but that's ok. Read more
Published 4 days ago by That Redhead Chick
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