The Nanny Diaries (film)

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The Nanny Diaries
Directed by Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
Produced by Richard N. Gladstein
Written by Shari Springer Berman
Robert Pulcini
Emma McLaughlin
Nicola Kraus
Starring Scarlett Johansson
Chris Evans
Laura Linney
Paul Giamatti
Nicholas Art
Donna Murphy
Alicia Keys
Music by Mark Suozzo
Cinematography Terry Stacey
Edited by Robert Pulcini
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release dates
August 24, 2007
Running time
106 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $47,738,099

The Nanny Diaries is a 2007 American comedy-drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, it stars Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Laura Linney; and was produced by Richard N. Gladstein.


21-year-old Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson), has just graduated from Montclair State University. Annie has no idea what or who she wants to be. One day, while sitting at the park, Annie sees a young boy about to be hit by a vehicle. Annie saves him and meets the boy's mother, Mrs. Alexandra X (Laura Linney). When she introduces herself as "Annie", Mrs. X mistakes her words for "Nanny" and hires her to look after Grayer, the boy she saved. Annie lies to her mother about taking a job at a bank and, in reality, moves in with the X's to be the nanny for Grayer.

Life with the incredibly privileged X's is not what she thought it would be, and her life is complicated further when she falls for "Harvard Hottie" (Chris Evans), who lives in the building. Annie begins to notice that not only is Grayer being neglected, but so is Mrs. X, with Mr. X committing subtly obvious adultery and not treating her like a proper wife. Things turn for the worse when she gets fired, and in her rage, she looks for and finds the 'nanny cam' in the X's house and records her feelings toward the X's. Mrs. X brings the tape to the school meeting for the East side wives. Thinking that the tape will show Annie feeding Grayer peanut butter and jelly, she requests the coordinator to play it for everyone to see. All other parents in the room hear as Annie reveals the real relationship between the X's.

However, Annie does not stop seeing "Harvard Hottie", whose real name is Hayden. A few months later, Hayden hands her a letter from Alexandra X. Written in the letter is an apology and news about how Alexandra left Mr. X, Grayer's improvement and how Annie changed her life. This leads to a happier ending for all.



As of September 1, 2007, the film had an average score of 46 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 33 reviews.[1] On Rotten Tomatoes, 34% of critics gave the film positive reviews based on 128 reviews.[2]

The film opened at #6 at the U.S. box office and earned $7.4 million in 2,629 theaters in its opening weekend. As of November 23, 2007, the film had grossed $25,918,399 domestically and $9,451,716 overseas for a total worldwide gross of $35,370,115 against a $20 million budget.[3]


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