The Nanny Diaries (2007)
Director: Robert Pulcini
Cast: Scarlett Johansson as Annie Braddock, Donna Murphy as Judy Braddock, John Henry Cox as Dean, Alicia Keys as Lynette, Lewis Payton Jr. as Bike Messenger, Sonnie Brown as Human Resources Director, Georgina Chapman as TriBeCa Fashionista, Nicholas Art as Grayer (as Nicholas Reese Art), Jodi Michelle Pynn as Screeching Lady, Mike Rad as Dude, Laura Linney as Mrs. X, Joanna Heimbold as Glamour Mom, Marla Sucharetza as Charity Mom, Phoebe Jonas as Xanax Mom, Allison Sarofim as Eating Disorder Mom
What should have been a comedic romp a la 'Sex & The City' with moments
of dramatic introspection turned into a hate-filled misanthropic mess.
The anthropological voice-over conveniently focused the subject matter
and the existential malady facing our heroine. Unfortunately, Scarlett
proved once more that although she's a voluptuous figure of epic
photographic opportunity, she lacks a buoyant charm to overcome that
phlegm ridden congested voice. This was her 'Carrie Bradshaw' role, and
she fell flat. The fact she's made too look dawdy and plain doesn't
help matters. However, she was not assisted by the dreary subject
matter made only worse by the completely unsympathetic drawn-up role of
Mrs. X as played by Miss Linney. Outside the opening two scenes, she
spends the rest of the film as mega-bitch. And if her villainy wasn't
enough, a shockingly hairless Giametti is around to add insult and the
excuse for Linney's malevolent behavior. I understand the fanciful
attempt of the scenes involving the Mary Poppinesque umbrella - but
there's not enough magic in the scenes between Scarlett and 'Grover'
for us to care about Scarlett's potential outside the 'X's' home. She
doesn't stick up for herself, and there's nary a spark in her eyes.
Alicia Keyes's staunch strong presence and voice added some light...but
I'm not sure if there's enough acting ability where it can become a day
job. The romance is perfunctory.