The Nanny Diaries (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

USA, 2007.  , .  Screenplay by Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini, based on the novel by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Robert Pulcini.  

 graduates from university with aspirations to do graduate work in anthropology, but is pushed by her concerned mother ) to pursue a career in business. When that fails at the first job interview, Johansson is accidentally roped into a career as a nanny for the spoiled little boy of a Lady Who Lunches () thanks to an accidental meeting and misunderstanding in Central Park. Our heroine accepts the job, hoping that she can do it temporarily until she narrows her life’s goals, but finds herself trapped in a hard labour situation that allows her no free time and requires her to meet the needs of both her little charge and the demanding, uncaring mother who makes Miranda Priestley look like a Disney Store employee. This latest film from the team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, writers and directors of the critical hit American Splendor, succeeds at times in showing the hard-edged and often cruel underside of glamorous Manhattan life, but is never particularly engaging or memorable. Johansson is lovely, but the character is bland and never particularly sympathetic, while her romance with a handsome silver-spooner () is shallow and only superficially satisfying. It only comes to life when Linney is on the screen, giving a performance that is so mesmerizing, layered and complicated that the film’s aims of being The Devil Wears Chanel almost succeed.

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