If this film was to come out a few years ago, say in the time of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Bridget Jones' Diary, there would probably be a horde of chick-flick enthusiasts cheering, while the rest of the movie-going public gives it a collective....eh. However, The Devil Wears Prada seems to have changed things a bit -- some typical chick-flick fare unexpectedly became a big-buzz movie, mainly due to a certain Ms. Streep. Now, we've got The Nanny Diaries, which has its own high-calibre cast. If the just-released trailer is any indication, it hits all of the mainstays of quirky, mainly-for-ladies comedy, but this may or may not be a good thing.
The players: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Alicia Keys and Chris Evans (I second Martha's huh?). The story: The X family get a new nanny and treat her terribly. She's frustrated, but she's also falling for a neighbour, Harvard Hottie. Wackiness ensues. The trailer looks fun, but I'm a bit concerned with all of the familiar bits. Sure, movies take from other movies, but while watching the trailer, my brain kept a running count of spoofs -- the music from Metropolitan as they scan the NYC neigborhood, the poor girl meeting the dashing beau at her low-riding worst, continually seeing him during embarrassing run-ins a la Bridget Jones, the challenging kid and the frazzled nanny like Uptown Girls, the advice reminiscent of Prada and of course, the spy-cam scene from Meet the Parents. Regardless, the film looks like fun, light fare, and it's hard to go wrong with Linney.