Jeff Labrecque
November 30, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Nanny Diaries

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/24/07
performer
Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti
director
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
distributor
MGM, The Weinstein Company
author
Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B-

This passable Devil Wears Prada knockoff, The Nanny Diaries, about an overwhelmed college grad (Johansson) who cares for the neglected scion of wretched NYC royalty, isn’t without its charms. Linney is admirably unnerving as the self-absorbed Mrs. X, but child vomit doesn’t offer the same vicarious thrills as high fashion. EXTRAS Exec producer Harvey Weinstein offered a $100,000 bounty for Mrs. X’s identity, but in ”Confessions From the Original Nannies,” the book’s authors, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, insist she was a fictional amalgam. B-

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