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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Fat Possum

September 17, 2007
Rating: 3/10

I wasn't completely against going to see the Nanny Diaries. In fact, I truly enjoyed the book of the same name. It's chick lit, for sure, but it's good chick lit, and I allowed my hope that the film would echo the book in smarts and originality to allow me to agree to see it. I figured that if it went the other way and was terrible, at least it would make for an interesting review, right?

Wrong! This is by far the worst review you will ever read. And I blame The Nanny Diaries. It's impossible to eke rants or raves out of a movie like this. One or two good moments, many hokey ones, slow timing, predictable jokes - the film is The Devil Wears Prada Lite, that is to say, a watered down version of something already fairly weak to begin with. Painfully mediocre and awkward, Nanny Diaries half-heartedly flops into place as the representative chick movie for Summer 2007.

It was almost embarrassing how much the book had been altered to resemble the exact same plot of the aforementioned Meryl Streep favorite. Instead of a seasoned nanny exposing the disturbing parenting habits of rich Manhattanites in an easy-to-swallow format that is humorous while remaining poignant, Scarlett Johannson plays Annie, a na´ve kid who has just finished college, gets a terrible boss within a world in which she is a complete stranger, eventually leaves her job, and changes terrible boss's life for the better, teaching her a thing or two about heart. Luckily for The D Wears P, these stereotypes were brought to life by the unversally-acknowledged genius of Meryl Streep and the adorable Anne Hathaway. Nanny Diaries wasn't so fortunate.

I know a dude who will reach through the Internet and put out ten cigarettes on my typing fingers after he reads this sentence, but Johannson is just no good at comedies. I mean, admit it. ScarJo is phoning it in for these types of films. She's much more suited for Match Point or, duh, Lost in Translation. Laura Linney is one of my favorite actresses, and she did as good as job as she could with the material, but you can't make a weak soup stronger by using an exceptional Le Creuset pot.

OK, that made no sense, so I'm dropping the analogies and cutting to the chase. The Nanny Diaries will neither add nor subtract from your life. It is a film that attempts to be another film. Its goal is to make money from those who liked that first film. It is a waste of everyone's time. It is probably not something any of you were interested in seeing anyway. Nanny Diaries does not need to be defended because no one is going to give it any awards. It is already forgotten.

SEE ALSO: www.thenannydiariesmovie.com

Susan Howson
A staff writer attending graduate school in Richmond, VA, Susan Howson cannot be persuaded to stop talking about movies.

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