Annie is a young girl from a working-class neighborhood who suddenly finds herself working as a nanny for a wealthy family in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Between catering to the every whim of her employers and their precocious son and falling in love with their gorgeous neighbor, Annie tries to figure out what she wants to do with her life.
I was surprised at how much I really loved this film. While borrowing little small bits and pieces that clearly referenced Mary Poppins, I found myself amused and engaged. Scarett Johansson gives an enduring performance as Annie, and Laura Linney portrays the Manhattan socialite Mrs. X with beauty and elegance.
While providing a glimpse in on the life of the Upper East Side, the movie also paints a realistic and somewhat disturbing picture of the socialite world of the trophy wives, who find more enjoyment in planning banquets and shopping at high-end retailers than spending time with their own children. The movie will tug at your heart, bring you moments of laughter, and leave you with that feel good feeling when all is said and done.
The special features on this release aren’t too great. There’s a making of feature, a piece with the original authors of the book that film is based on, and then the ever-so cute bloopers. I wish there was more in that department, but overall ,I think this is an adorable film and I definitely recommend it.
Review by Emma Loggins