Nanny Diaries, The : Movie Review

“The Nanny Diaries” focuses on a talented and promising individual who winds up slumming at a job far beneath her capabilities and finds herself trapped in one embarrassing and humiliating situation after another while desperately trying (and failing) to justify her decision to people who know that she is capable of so much more. This is somewhat ironic because the film itself has been made by talented and promising individuals, both in front of and behind the camera, who are themselves clearly slumming at jobs far beneath their capabilities and who will no doubt spend the next couple of weeks hitting the talk-show circuit to desperately try (and presumably fail) to justify their decisions to people who know that they are capable of so much more. I know that the combination of the talent involved and the property that brought them together, an adaptation of the 2003 chick-lit bestseller by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus, makes it sound reasonably appealing but for the most part, the end result is a shrill and silly misfire that comes across like an exceptionally expensive piece of television–either a sitcom or a Lifetime Original Movie–than a real movie.

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