The Nanny Diaries

August 24th, 2007


The Nanny Diaries

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A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.0/10 (21,951 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Shari Springer Berman

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti

After graduating from Montclair State, New Jersey Girl Annie can't make up her mind about what to do with her life. After saving a little boy from being run over in the park, she is quickly employed as a nanny for a rich Upper East Side couple. Mr X is occupied with his business, Mrs X loves shopping, and neither really likes to spend time with their little boy Grayer. Annie quickly learns that she has more than her hands full taking care of him. Her busy schedule doesn't give her much spare time. Mrs X fired her last nanny because she was dating and that gives Annie problems when Harvard Hottie who lives in the same building asks her out on a date.

Writers: Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus

Scarlett Johansson - Annie Braddock
Donna Murphy - Judy Braddock
John Henry Cox - Dean
Alicia Keys - Lynette
Lewis Payton Jr. - Bike Messenger
Sonnie Brown - Human Resources Director
Georgina Chapman - TriBeCa Fashionista
Nicholas Art - Grayer (as Nicholas Reese Art)
Jodi Michelle Pynn - Screeching Lady
Mike Rad - Dude
Laura Linney - Mrs. X
Joanna Heimbold - Glamour Mom
Marla Sucharetza - Charity Mom
Phoebe Jonas - Xanax Mom
Allison Sarofim - Eating Disorder Mom

Taglines: A comedy about life at the top, as seen from the bottom.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 24 August 2007

Filming Locations: Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,480,927 (USA) (26 August 2007) (2629 Screens)

Gross: $25,925,170 (USA) (24 November 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA:

Did You Know?

The song "Chim, Chim, Cher-ee," from the movie Mary Poppins, can be heard playing in the background while Annie contemplates becoming a nanny. Later, this tune becomes the ringtone for Annie's cell phone.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Annie is in the bath and Mrs. X comes in, the filmmakers have added a fart sound and bubbles - but since Annie is underwater, there would only be bubbles.

Mrs. X: Nanny, you never mentioned you had a mother!

User Review

Critics are Ninnies about "Nanny"

Rating: 8/10

"The Nanny Diaries" did not get very good reviews but I liked the previews so I decided to see it instead of another movie that got much better reviews and I'm glad I did.

"The Nanny Diaries" is entertaining the entire time. It might not have you rolling in the aisles like "Superbad," but it is not that kind of movie.

The main reason to see this film is because of Scarlett Johansson. She makes Annie the Nanny such a sympathetic character, that we stay interested in the film and we care about what happens to her. Scarlett Johansson made a name for herself doing a lot of independent film but this is probably her best performance in a mainstream film. Not only is her acting phenomenal, she is the world's most beautiful nanny.

A lot of the professional reviews seem to have been disappointed by "The Nanny Diaries" because it was written and directed by the same people who did "American Splendor." They were expecting something more like that film. "The Nanny Diaries" is not that kind of film. It is not particularly quirky and it will probably appeal to a wide audience. I thought it was better than "The Devil Wears Prada," which it often gets compared to.

"The Nanny Diaries" is absolutely mandatory viewing for Scarlett Johansson fans. For anyone else, this film might win you over.


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