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Uptown Girls -- Freewheeling Molly Gunn loses her inheritance and must do something she's never done before... get a job.  She ends up as nanny to an "8 going on 40" girl who teaches Molly to be a grownup... while Molly teaches her to be a kid.
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They're about to teach each other how to act their age.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brittany Murphy ... Molly

Dakota Fanning ... Ray

Marley Shelton ... Ingrid

Donald Faison ... Huey

Jesse Spencer ... Neal

Austin Pendleton ... Mr. McConkey

Heather Locklear ... Roma Schleine
Will Toale ... Briefs Model

Marceline Hugot ... Nurse

Pell James ... Julie

Quddus ... Party Guy (as Benjamin Quddus Philippe)

Russell Steinberg ... Party Guy

Fisher Stevens ... Fisher Stevens
Susanna Frazer ... Ballet Teacher

Wynter Kullman ... Holly

Amy Korb ... Kelli
Geraldine Bartlett ... Woman

Mark McGrath ... Rock Star

Dave Navarro ... Rock Star
Peter James Kelsch ... Auction Hippie
Edmund Genest ... Auctioneer (as Edmond Genest)
Greg Baglia ... Burly Man

Angelina Hong ... Cashier
Rocco Musacchia ... Hot Dog Vendor

Edward Hibbert ... Christies' Rep
David Wells ... Celebrity Date

Ramsey Faragallah ... Limo Driver
Tania Deighton ... Elke
Tom Reilly ... Executive

Reed Birney ... Executive

Polly Adams ... Executive
Laurine Towler ... Admissions Counselor
Martin Shakar ... Mr. Feldman
Valentina McKenzie ... Housemaid

Wayne Gurman ... Moving Man
Susan Willis ... Old Lady

A.D. Miles ... Phone Rep
Maria Finglas ... Store Manager
Philip Levy ... Street Sweeper

Anthony J. Ribustello ... Tony - Doorman

Brian Friedman ... Celebrity

Nas ... Celebrity (as Nasir Jones)

Carmen Electra ... Celebrity

Duncan Sheik ... Celebrity
Dana Klein ... Screaming Teen
Samantha Toohey ... Screaming Teen
Jeremy Petardi ... $2500 Man
Ilia Jessica Castro ... Music Video Dancer
D. Foster ... Music Video Dancer
Michelle Hammar ... Music Video Dancer
Kerrin Hubbard ... Music Video Dancer
Stephanie Landwehr ... Music Video Dancer
Jennifer Leigh Schwerer ... Music Video Dancer (as Jennifer Schwerer)
Ojela Burkhard ... Ballet Dancer
Emily Cardea ... Ballet Dancer
Stephanie Carlisle ... Ballet Dancer
Lara-Michelle Georgi ... Ballet Dancer
Kara Gibson ... Ballet Dancer
Lauren Jenkins ... Ballet Dancer
Lindsey Laggan ... Ballet Dancer
Karen Lam ... Ballet Dancer
Christa Sousa ... Ballet Dancer
Vania Sousa ... Ballet Dancer
Flora Wildes ... Ballet Dancer
Madeleine Armstrong ... Ballet Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nicholas J. Coleman ... Ballerina Parent (uncredited)

Tony Devon ... Limo Driver (uncredited)
Bill Kotsatos ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Alex McCord ... Molly's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Melisa McGregor ... Yoga Girl (uncredited)
Andrew Saxe ... Medical Technician (uncredited)

Michael Urie ... Pig Walker (uncredited)

Directed by
Boaz Yakin 
Writing credits
Julia Dahl (screenplay) and
Mo Ogrodnik (screenplay) and
Lisa Davidowitz (screenplay)

Allison Jacobs (story)

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... executive producer (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Vicki Cherkas .... co-executive producer
Allison Jacobs .... producer
John Penotti .... producer
Fisher Stevens .... producer
Tim Williams .... executive producer
Gary Winick .... co-executive producer
Boaz Yakin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joel McNeely 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Ray 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Laura Rosenthal 
Production Design by
Kalina Ivanov 
Art Direction by
Frank White III 
Set Decoration by
Pamela Roy-Stasney  (as Pamela Roy)
Costume Design by
Sarah Edwards 
Makeup Department
LuAnn Claps .... key makeup artist
Jacques Stephane Lempire .... key hair stylist (as Stephane Lempire)
Robert Ramos .... hair stylist: Brittany Murphy
Tricia Sawyer .... makeup artist: Brittany Murphy
Michael Alsondo .... co-hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... unit production manager (as Joe Caracciolo Jr.)
Miles Ferguson .... post-production supervisor
Buzz Koenig .... production supervisor (as Scott Koenig)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shawn Griffith .... second assistant director
Deanna Leslie .... second second assistant director (as Deanna Leslie Kelly)
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Shannon Von Ronne .... dga trainee
Art Department
JoAnn Atwood .... on-set dresser
Toni Barton .... assistant art director
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (as Frank Di Dio)
Harvey Goldberg .... set dressing foreman
Anduin Havens .... model maker
Vinny Mazzarella .... assistant property master
James Mazzola .... property master (as Jim Mazzola)
Timothy Metzger .... lead man (as Tim Metzger)
Lyvan A. Munlyn .... scenic foreman (as Lyvan Munlyn)
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (as Ronald Petagna)
Robert Topol .... master scenic artist (as Bob Topol)
M. Tony Trotta .... camera scenic artist
Alyson Wellins .... art department coordinator
Kate Yatsko .... assistant set decorator
Stephen Caldwell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Vincent Guarriello .... key construction grip (uncredited)
Joseph S. Patire .... shop craftsman (uncredited)
Ronnie Petagna .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Brian Bowles .... dialogue editor
Rich Breen .... sound mixer
Rich Breen .... sound recordist
Nancy Cabrera .... foley walker
Robert Carr .... sound recordist (as Rob Carr)
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Chris David .... re-recording sound mixer
David Esparza .... additional sound editor (as Dave Esparza)
Marshall Garlington .... re-recording sound mixer
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr engineer
Clarissa Keller .... sound mix facility coordinator
Rich Mader .... sound recordist
Kim Maitland .... sound recordist
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound mixer (as Tod Maitland)
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Todd Milner .... foley editor
Michael A. Morongell .... sound engineer
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Mary Ellen Porto .... adr editor (as Mary Ellen)
Paul Rodriguez .... sound mix facility coordinator
Michael Scott .... boom operator (as Mike Scott)
Steve F.B. Smith .... sound consultant: Dolby
Dominick Tavella .... temp sound mixer
Ken Teaney .... re-recording sound mixer
David Wahnon .... sound editor
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Brian Rader .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Stifanich .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Eberhardt .... digital lineup: Howard Anderson Company
Steven Fagerquist .... digital artist: Howard Anderson Company (as Steve Fagerquist)
David Feinner .... digital artist: Howard Anderson Company
David Fiske .... digital effects coordinator: Howard Anderson Company (as Dave Fiske)
Christopher Grandel .... digital artist: Howard Anderson Company (as Christopher Grandell)
Michael L. Griffin .... digital lineup: Howard Anderson Company (as Mike Griffin)
Peter Koczera .... lead digital artist: Howard Anderson Company
Derek Ledbetter .... digital artist: Howard Anderson Company
Shannon Noble .... digital artist: Howard Anderson Company
Brian Smallwood .... digital artist: Howard Anderson Company
Ken D. Smith .... digital effects producer: Howard Anderson Company
Johnny Wilson .... digital artist: Howard Anderson Company
Randall Balsmeyer .... visual effects (uncredited)
J. John Corbett .... visual effects (uncredited)
Jon Maichel Thomas .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Danny Aiello III .... stunt coordinator
Chris Barnes .... stunts
Stacy Courtney .... stunts
Don Hewitt .... stunts (as Don Hewitt Sr.)
Jery Hewitt .... stunts
Sarah Anderson .... stunt debutante 2 (uncredited)
Diane DeNoble .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Rose Sias .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Caesar S. Carnevale .... second assistant camera
Andy Day .... chief lighting technician
Brian Fitzsimons .... second company grip
Anthony Gamiello .... rigging second company grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Charlie Grubbs .... rigging chief lighting technician (as Charles Grubbs)
William Hines .... stage chief lighting technician
Jim McConkey .... camera operator/steadicam
Ed Nessen .... loader
Heather Norton .... first assistant camera
Rocco Palmieri .... assistant lighting technician
Louis Petraglia .... key rigging grip (as Lou Petraglia)
Michael Lee Reed .... rigging assistant lighting technician
Louis Sabat .... dolly grip (as Lou Sabat)
Kelly Britt .... lighting console operator (uncredited)
Jim Galvin .... dimmer technician (uncredited)
Timothy Healy .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Kotschi .... camera intern (uncredited)
Kevin Lowry .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Jon W. Rosenbloom .... grip (uncredited)
Lowell Schulman .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Krista Bogetich .... casting assistant
Lee Genick .... extras casting associate: Sylvia Fay Casting
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill E. Anderson .... wardrobe supervisor
Kate Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor
Jessica T. Sinoway .... assistant costume designer (as Jessica Sinoway)
Barnaby Smith .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Alex Jablonski .... apprentice editor
John F. Lyons .... first assistant editor (as John Lyons)
Carrie Petri .... post-production coordinator
Amanda Pollack .... associate editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
Pierre P. Verna Jr. .... editorial consultant: Egyptian Cotton Music Video
Steve Calalang .... dailies colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Maureen Crowe .... music supervisor
Samuel S. Davis .... musician
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Michael Jay .... music editor
Lisa Matricardi .... musician
Sandra Park .... musician
Thomas Rosenthal .... musician
Nan Schwartz .... orchestrator
Sara J. Seiver .... musician (as Sarah J. Seiver)
Booker White .... music preparation
Stewart Lerman .... music producer (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Larry Mah .... digital score recordist (uncredited)
Keram Malicki-Sánchez .... songs (uncredited)
Keram Malicki-Sánchez .... soundtrack (uncredited)
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Matthew Rush Sullivan .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Joseph Buonocore .... transportation co-captain (as Joseph J. Buonocore Jr.)
James Patrick Whalen Jr. .... transportation captain (as James P. Whalen Jr.)
Timothy Paustian .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Lucio Amadio .... assistant: Fisher Stevens
Daniela Barbosa .... key set production assistant (as Daniela Tomc-Barbosa)
Rebecca Bond .... office production assistant
Jan Cerwonka .... teacher
Davey Cutler .... set production assistant
Sally Douglass .... payroll accountant
Johnny Egan .... set production assistant (as John J. Egan III)
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Heather Garfinkle .... set production assistant
Jared Goldman .... assistant: Tim Williams
Alexes Hargrove .... office production assistant
Arlene Hellerman .... clearance coordinator
JoAnn Fregalette Jansen .... choreographer (as JoAnn Jansen)
Daedra Kaehler .... assistant choreographer (as Daedra N. Kaehler)
Diana E. Latham .... production coordinator
Mary Lawless .... assistant: Vicki Cherkas
Lori Lazar .... assistant: John Penotti
Chris Leonidas .... office production assistant
Jessica Lichtner .... script supervisor
Pamela S. Marshall .... assistant production coordinator
Nick McAuliff .... animal trainer
Steve McAuliff .... animal trainer
Charles Mcdonald .... title designer: Howard Anderson Company (as Charles McDonald)
James McKenna .... optical film out: Egyptian Cotton Music Video
A. Lee Morris .... assistant: Joe Caracciolo Jr.
Kellie Morrison .... assistant location manager
Meredith Murphy .... assistant: Brittany Murphy
Ben Murray .... optical film out: Egyptian Cotton Music Video
Corey O'Neill Hanson .... assistant: Boaz Yakin
Kelly Perkins .... animal trainer
Sara Pollack .... assistant: Fisher Stevens
Olimpia T. Rinaldi .... first assistant accountant (as Olympia Rinaldi-Iodice)
Andrew Saxe .... location manager
Mason Steinberg .... set production assistant
Sheilah Sullivan .... production accountant
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Victor Valencia .... post-production accountant
Kate Wilson .... dialect coach
Khalid Yates .... security (as Charles Khalid Yates)
Karlena Barbosa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Danielle Blumstein .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Ginsberg .... location assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hartel .... location assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hartel .... location scout (uncredited)
Joseph Helmreich .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jeff Lomaglio .... shop craftsmen (uncredited)
Clare Lord .... location assistant (uncredited)
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group (uncredited)
David Penotti .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Olimpia T. Rinaldi .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Apollo Smile .... photo double: Britney Murphy (uncredited)
Andrew Vona .... production assistant (uncredited)
Caroline Wells .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ian Falconer .... the producers wish to thank
David Wells .... special thanks (as David 'Boomer' Wells)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
92 min
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The "music video" credits show it to be directed by Boaz Yakin, who was the actual director for this movie.See more »
Continuity: In the final scene when Neil is still singing 'Molly Smiles' he is seen clapping in the corner of the screen.See more »
[first lines]
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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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly likable, if not lovable!, 2 September 2003
Author: ilovedolby from New York State

Over the years, we've seen dozens of films labeled as chick-flicks that hold true to the same clichés, jokes and rehashed plots that have been done over and over again. After seeing a trailer for `Uptown Girls,' one would naturally think that the film would be a hopeless mesh of the same simple ideas of a lost girl or woman trying to find herself in the most unlikely of places. In all honesty, `Uptown Girls' is just that. However, it has some redeeming qualities that make it rise above its own conventional nature-it actually has an emotional depth to its characters that wouldn't occur under normal circumstances. Also, it stars Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning, two wonderful actresses that dazzle the screen with their very presence.

Molly (Murphy) is a woman in her mid-twenties who is completely detached from reality. Her deceased rock-star father has left her a wealth that affords her the finest apartment, friends and possessions that money can buy. However, life turns upside down for Molly when her broker skips town with all of her money. All of sudden Molly is faced with a world where everything she's been absorbed in has disappeared. Her only choice now is to get a job and start living life like a normal person. After several attempts at some of Manhattan's most elite shops, she accepts a position as a nanny for a friend's boss. But she has no idea what she's in for-a little girl named Ray (Fanning) who is completely obsessive and compulsive. What's more, she wants nothing to do with Molly. The two feel each other out and eventually start to discover that they have a great deal in common, as they are both suffering from the loss of the one's that they cared for most deeply. As such, they have both entered into their own delusional worlds that don't hold true to reality. It's up to the two to help each other out in finding a purpose in life and discovering the true beauty of friendship.

Fanning is truly the prize of `Uptown Girls.' She's an adorable young actress who can actually perform. She steals every scene she's in and the audience can't get enough of her. The moments in the film where she breaks down and cries, you get the impression that its real and this isn't acting-she has that the innate talent to become the characters that she portrays in the script marvelously. Look for her in the recent `I am Sam,' as well as in `The Cat in the Hat,' coming this November. Murphy proves once again that she is a gifted actress. I guess we can forgive her for this past winter's `Just Married,' as her track record generally shows her showing off real talent in films like `8 Mile,' and `Girl, Interrupted.' Her portrayal of Molly makes the audience feel sadness for her character, but at the same time, we can't help but feel that she is incredibly pathetic, and not in the comic sense. The most rewarding part of viewing `Uptown Girls' was how tender the film is. Murphy and Fanning come alive together and you feel their pain and the isolation that they have surrounded themselves in because of the lack of truly loving people in their lives. You walk out of the theater fond of the characters and rooting them on at the end, regardless of the film's parallels to so many others in the genre. `Uptown Girls' isn't a great movie, but it sure is something that is surprisingly likable, if not lovable. ***

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