Annie Braddock (Scarlett Johansson) has a lot going for her. She's a brand-new college grad with a degree in business and anthropology. Though her dad is absent, her mom (Donna Murphy) is a nurse with huge dreams for the daughter who's getting the opportunities she never had. And Annie's got an interview with one of the top business firms in New York City.
But all it takes is one question on said interview to bring to a screeching halt the promising path of this New Jersey girl: Who is Annie Braddock? Sitting there in a high-powered office in a stiff, new business suit, Annie realizes she has no idea.
So she bolts from the interview and winds up on a Central Park bench next to a woman Annie's sure represents her future: a bag lady. Sitting there making anthropological observations about the various NYC women around her, Annie daringly saves a four-year-old boy from the path of a distracted biker. His mother is Mrs. X (Laura Linney), a Fifth Avenue Mom, one of the most pampered and polished breeds around. She mistakenly thinks Annie is a nanny and offers her an interview for the newly vacated post of rearing her son, Grayer (Nicholas Reese Art). When other Fifth Avenue Moms in the area overhear there's an unemployed nanny on the loose, they bombard Annie with their phone numbers. Suddenly the lost New Jersey girl is a hot commodity, so Annie decides to "duck out of life for a summer" and become a nanny for the X family.
While Grayer and Mrs. X were all sweetness and light at the first meeting in Central Park, their true colors come out once Annie becomes Nanny. Grayer pulls every precocious kid prank from stomping on her feet to locking her out of the house. Mrs. X has an unending list of rules for Grayer, from his high-soy, ...1
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The Nanny Diaries
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