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Uptown Girls (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 August 2003 (USA)
A grown-up woman, who kept her childish instincts and behavior, starts working as a nanny of a 8-year-old girl, who actually acts like an adult. But in the end everything turns to its right places.

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Storyline

Molly Gunn, the freewheeling daughter of a deceased rock legend, is forced to get a job when her manager steals her money. As nanny for precocious Ray, the oft ignored daughter of a music executive, she learns what it means to be an adult while teaching Ray how to be a child. Written by Lindsey

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They're about to teach each other how to act their age.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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15 August 2003 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,277,367 (USA) (15 August 2003)

Gross:

$36,922,190 (USA) (10 October 2003)
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Dakota Fanning found it incredibly easy to perform her ballet recital scenes in front of a large audience as she'd performed at ballet recitals in her personal life. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning when Molly and "Gooey" Huey are talking, Huey says, "That's what I love about you women. You are willing to accept each other for who you are." "Who you are" doesn't match what he really said. See more »

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Ray: [narration] Some fairy tales are true, most of there stories we make up to help us deal with real life; it all depends on your point of view, but here are the facts... there was once a princess, who lived in a castle, high above the streets of an enchanted kingdom. The king and queen were long gone but they left her with a treasure, that she would stay a princess forever. On the eve of her 22nd birthday a great celebration was planned...
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Referenced in The Lowdown on Uptown (2004) See more »

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Written by Chantal Kreviazuk, Gregg Wattenberg, Raine Maida
Performed by Chantal Kreviazuk
Courtesy of Columbia Records/Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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2 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will not attempt to prove that this movie should be ranked among the great movies, but I am more than willing to defend Uptown Girls against the mostly male haters. True, this movie could be deemed a 'chick flick', but why is that so unbelievably, unforgivably horrible? If you don't like movies with mostly female characters and even some slightly feminist themes, than you will not like this movie. I, on the other hand, watched this movie for the first time expecting the worst and most guilty kind of entertainment, and was more than pleasantly surprised by the dark tones and impeccable performances. I'm a harsh critic, and if you don't trust me, check out the link to Ebert's review of this film via 'external reviews'. Murphy and Fanning are a refreshing duo in a buddy film and like many female buddy films, Uptown Girls is unfairly abused and underrated. If you are trying to sound pretentious you probably shouldn't admit to liking this film. However, if you honestly found this film entertaining, and in some small respect, refreshing, you should admit the merit of this 'chick flick'. Murphy should be commended for choosing roles like Molly and her character in Little Black Book, because in a sea of fantasy and escapism there is an aspect of actual female representation written by women and made for women. Boys, if you want to win points with the ladies, stop letting your testosterone take over your actual pleasure gauge, and attempt to see the positive attributes of films such as this one. Trust me, it will do no good in the long run to hide your opinions on the basis of reputation and ornery stoic persuasion.


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