The Nanny Diaries (2007): 3/5
Go see a movie with zero expectations and the results will astound you. Such was the case after seeing The Nanny Diaries, the film adaptation of the chick- lit best-seller. Scarlett Johannson is Annie, a recent college graduate who delves into childcare in Manhattan with apparent anthropological zeal. We see the upper west side of New York through Annie’s point of view and through dioramas, fantasies, and ‘field notes’ narration, she attempts to explore post-college world and find herself, literally, in the Museum of Natural History. Kudos to awesome cinematography in the dream sequences and in making New York look absolutely magical (not quite like Enchanted though, haha).
But going back, the whole anthropology shtick is cute but wears thin particularly since ‘Mean Girls’ did the same thing (narrator Lindsay Lohan describes high school like a zoologist studying in the wild). This time around, our protagonist Annie struts her research methods and techniques devoted to “The Upper West Side Mom”. Her detachment from her ‘research tools’ and ‘subjects’ all remain on the professional level; she demands anonymity and constantly reminds herself of her purpose in ‘research’, yet you’d think she were smarter enough than cleaning some rich kid’s puke after having attained an education in business. Smart move!