Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
March 15, 2002 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 an A-

With this hilarious, vicious satire of upper-class family life in Manhattan, McLaughlin and Kraus, ex-nannies who know of what they speak, position themselves as contempo Edith Whartons. When ”Nanny” (as she’s called throughout the book), a full-time university student and part-time babysitter, is hired to take care of a Park Avenue tot, she becomes embroiled in a life filled with lies and utterly devoid of parental affection. What saves Diaries from being a merely pathetic little-boy-lost tale is the authors’ carefully calibrated sense of compassion and their delicious sense of the absurd.

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