The Nanny Diaries

Scarlett Johansson’s new movie, The Nanny Diaries, has recently been released in Australian cinemas.

The Nanny Diaries tells the story of the emotional and often humorous journey of Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), a young woman from a working-class neighbourhood in New Jersey, struggling to understand her place in the world.

Fresh out of college, she gets tremendous pressure from her nurse mother to find a respectable position in the business world, although Annie would prefer to trade in her blackberry for an anthropologist’s field diary.

Through a serendipitous meeting, Annie ends up in the elite and ritualistic culture of Manhattan’s Upper East Side – as remote from Annie’s suburban New Jersey upbringing as life in an Amazon tribal village. Choosing to duck out of real life, Annie accepts the position as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply “the X’s.” She quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket, as she must cater to the every whim of Mrs X (Laura Linney) and her precocious son, Grayer, while attempting to avoid the formidable Mr X (Paul Giamatti).

Life becomes even more complicated when Annie falls for a gorgeous neighbour of the X’s (Chris Evans), whom she nicknames Harvard Hottie, and is forced to explore what she wants to do with her life.

I’ve seen it advertised on TV and it looks OK but I thought I’d get some expert help in deciding if it’s worth spending a couple of hours to watch it.

One of the segments on my morning radio programme at 98.5 Sonshine FM is a fortnightly look at what’s on at the movies.

Aaron Kamp has been reviewing movies for some time and he posts his reviews at Cinemaniac. Every couple of weeks we look at what’s in the cinemas and what’s new on DVD.

Today Aaron put The Nanny Diaries under the microscope and although he reckons it’ll be more popular with female than male audiences he thinks there are some good themes in the movie.

Have you seen the movie or do you plan to see it? If you’ve seen it, what are your thoughts? Worth the price of admission?

Click play on the media player below to hear what Aaron had to say about The Nanny Diaries.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • For a moment I thought you were going to have Scarlet in at Sonshine. I was thinking of ways to get in there!

  • Hi Rodney,

    I haven’t seen the movie yet (I will) but I have read the book – sure it was chick-lit but it had a bit going for it and found it actually had a bit of depth. I have no idea what they’ve done to change things for the movie but yeah… it’d be a good bit of a fun (for a girl and maybe some guys) if nothing else.

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