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Genre: Romance/Comedy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Donna Murphy, John Henry Cox, Alicia Keys, Lewis Payton Jr.
Director: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007






Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Fullscreen
Sound: -
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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Scarlett Johansson is Annie, a young college grad from working-class New Jersey who becomes a nanny for Manhattan socialite and mother from hell "Mrs X". As Annie balances her boss's demands with her attraction to "Harvard Hottie", she learns all about life, love and surviving in the urban jungle.


Wikipedia defines 'chick flick' as films designed to appeal to a female target audience. We at MX has it a lot easier, movies that star the likes of Scarlet Johansson or Jessica Alba and with romance or comedy as genres automatically falls under 'chick flick' category.

In "The Nanny Diaries", Scarlet Johansson stars as Annie Braddock, a newly business graduate who has more interest in the field of anthropology than finance. At the crossroads of her life, she accidentally became a ‘nanny’ for a rich Upper East Side couple, Mr and Mrs X (played by Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney).

Based on a bestselling novel of the same name, writers/directors Robert Pulcinini and Shari Springer Berman tries hard to infuse social satire, romance and comedy to the movie, a pity consider the huge potential. Perhaps of the fact that we do not belong on top of the high social ladder of the rich and famous, the relationships between Mrs X and Annie comes across as a major damper to a supposedly feel good comedy chick flick. Fortunately, Laura Linney’s convincing cold, menacing performance as Mrs X which constitutes the chunk of "The Nanny Diaries" helps to get the audience get by.

Paul Giamatti on the other hand appears as Mr X, a role which Giamatti could have easily chewed up the screen given enough character development but sadly not. Fantastic Four alumni Chris Evans plays 'Harvard hottie', the love interest of Scarlett’s character but yet again a role that succumb to weak plotting.

That leaves Scarlett Johansson. The husky-voice beauty has been critically snubbed after her "Lost in Translation" days although I find her performance here pretty natural and captivating, enough to glue me to the screen for 105 minutes.

What ultimately fails is the direction of "The Nanny Diaries" instead of the cast performance. There just aren’t enough rom-com elements to satisfy a typical 'looking-for-a-good-time' movie-goer, way too haphazard and populated with too many cheesy elements to take it seriously. And strangly, there are some dreamlike, Mary Poppins sequences that appears pretty much out-of-place with the tone of the movie.

That said, "The Nanny Diaries" is still an engaging piece of cinema. Don’t miss the opening introduction and narration as it’s very well-done, just don’t go pop in the DVD thinking it’s a digestible 'chick flick'. The movie is trying to tell us a message but the marketing doesn’t seem to do so.




If you dislike a 16x9 fullscreen presentation, this DVD actually is one. Visual transfer on the other hand is pleasant and audio which are dialogue-based is crisp and clear.



Review by Linus Tee


. The Nanny Diaries (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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