Uptown Girls 2003 PG-13 CC

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Freewheeling Molly Gunn loses her inheritance and must do something she's never done before…get a job. She ends up as nanny to an "8 going on 40" girl who teaches Molly to be a grownup... while Molly teaches her to be a kid.

Starring:
Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

Uptown Girls

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Boaz Yakin
Starring Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning
Supporting actors Marley Shelton, Donald Faison, Jesse Spencer, Austin Pendleton, Heather Locklear, Will Toale, Marceline Hugot, Pell James, Quddus, Russell Steinberg, Fisher Stevens, Susanna Frazer, Wynter Kullman, Amy Korb, Geraldine Bartlett, Mark McGrath, Dave Navarro, Peter James Kelsch
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

I saw this movie and I ended up really liking it.
swimmergirl142
Her father was a popular rock-and-roll guitar player, who died in a plane crash with Molly's mother when she was a little girl.
A. Vegan
I am 13 and watched it with my 39 year old mom and we both loved it!
Carrie

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 20, 2004
Format: DVD
In terms of the basic plot "Uptown Girls" is totally predictable. Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is a spoiled little rich girl who needs to grow up when she is forced to go out and get a job for the first time in her life. Ray Schleine (Dakota Fanning) is an 8-year-old even littler little rich girl who is not only a hypochondriac and wise beyond her years but who needs to learn how to be a kid. Of course circumstances throw them together when Molly becomes Ray's nanny. There is the comic period of butting heads, the tentative beginnings of friendship, the point at which things blow up big time, and the heartfelt reconciliation. But one of the reasons that formula films like this continue to be made is because more often than not they work. The result is not a great film, but an enjoyable one where the best part of the film is the finale, where between them writers Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz and Allison Jacobs come up with a creative way of bringing together major plot elements.
The twist with Molly Gunn is that she is the daughter of a rock 'n' roll legend, guitarist Tommy Gunn. Her parents were killed in a plane crash when she was about Ray's age and she has been living off the residuals. In her apartment there is a shrine in which all of her father's guitars are displayed, including the one on which he wrote his biggest hit, "Molly Smiles," the song that Molly can no longer bear to here. Molly might be spoiled, but she has a kind heart and not a mean bone in her body. When her accountant steals all of her money and disappears she has her friends, Ingrid (Marley Shelton) and Huey (Donald Faison), who stay true and try to help her survive in the real world (I liked not having to do deal with her friends forgetting her now that she is broke).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cathy L. Hildreth on August 8, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This was one of the sweetest films about relationships with friends,family and especially between a mother-daughter-nanny. I bought this for my own and sent one to my daughter, her nick name is RAE and so with our relationship it seemed to touch our hearts in the same way. She got it on her birthday and told me ...yes, it made her cry. The ending song during the credits " TIME" is so touching I cry everytime I hear it. I recommend this to any mom & daughter who has had a tough time of it growing up. It will show forgiving and moving on ... perhaps fixing a broken relationship or touching it in a special way to open the door for forgiveness ?

I watch it whenever I need a boost of love.

C.Hildreth

Topeka KS
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Fowler VINE VOICE on August 25, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brittany Murphy has skills beyond her pretty face and in "Uptown Girls" she is met step for step by the young Dakota Fanning. Brittany's Molly Gunn has been living off of the residuals from her dead Rock-Star father's legacy when she discovers that her accountant has run off with her whole fortune. Young Dakota portrays Lorraine "Ray" Schleine, a pre-teen with a music business Mom and a Dad in a coma. Heather Locklear, as Ray's Mom, is appropriately pretty, bitchy and ruthless. She is also completely uninvolved in Ray's upbringing. Molly needs a job, Ray needs a Nanny - presto - you've got a movie idea. But the movie stretches the formula in a way that kept my attention throughout. Molly has never been responsible her whole life - it appears that rather than ever do ANY laundry she just buys NEW clothes and Egyptian Cotton sheets. Left alone to herself, Ray has no part of "fun" in her little-girl life. The movie has some nice things to say about balancing "fun" and "responsibility" and about the nature of relationships. It's not "Casablanca", but I liked it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By General Breadbasket on July 2, 2006
Format: DVD
Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning and a pig called Mu star in the curious comedy "Uptown Girls", directed by Boaz Yakin. It's a bit of a mixed bag, I thought. There were parts I liked, parts I hated, parts I was intrigued by, and parts that just left me baffled. Overall, I liked it though.

Molly (Brittany Murphy), is the daughter of a late rock star, and lives off his wealth, in decadence, within a large apartment, along with her pet pig Mu. She is fairly superficial, as are her friends, and Molly's rather childish too. Sometime after her 22nd birthday, her late father's manager runs off with all the money she'd been living from, leaving her with nothing. She is kicked out of her apartment and has to find a job. She ends up becoming a nanny to "Ray" (Dakota Fanning), an uptight, smart alecy, germophobe of a little girl, the daughter of a wealthy record executive. They are certainly an odd couple, and some comic scenes follow, but its not all laughs. As the two girls spend time together, there are many a touching and dramatic moment as they realise they have a lot in common, both being a little eccentric, both being the daughters of wealthy families, and both having certain tragedies in their lives they're yet to cope with.

I wouldn't exactly call this a straight ahead comedy. Though there is a love interest for Molly as well, a Morrissey-esque rock singer (Jesse Spencer) she meets at her birthday party, I wouldn't call this a romantic comedy either, as this fellow isn't the main focus of the film, and their relationship isn't exactly conventional. Neither of them really seem interested in each other, yet they come together, on again off again. The whole film was just this kaleidescope of elements, tumbling around within the plot.
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