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Uptown Girls (2003)

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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.

Director:

Boaz Yakin

Writers:

Julia Dahl (screenplay), Mo Ogrodnik (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Susanna Frazer ... Ballet Teacher
Wynter Kullman ... Holly
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Molly Gunn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,277,367, 17 August 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,922,190, 12 October 2003
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The denim dress Molly wears when picking Ray up from school for the first time is a vintage dress from the seventies that belonged to the costumer designer's sister Kate when she was twelve that had been hand-customized by a babysitter. The name "Kate" was bedazzled on the back of the dress, but Brittany Murphy opted to wear a backpack to cover it up rather than ruin the history of the dress by removing the name. The name can still be seen briefly a few scenes later. See more »

Goofs

At the very end of the movie, Neal the musician is playing his guitar and singing, while the girls are dancing on the stage. Then we see him at the side of the stage, clapping, although we still hear him playing and singing. See more »

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[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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Soundtracks

On Broadway (Live Version)
(1962)
Music by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Barry Mann
Lyrics by Cynthia Weil
Performed by George Benson
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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funny and affecting though manipulative and sappy
30 May 2005 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Rich girl loses all her money and has to be a nanny for an uptight brat; it certainly sounds like a bad movie in the making. But actually I quite enjoyed this one. The stars are appealing, a lot of the scenes are quite funny and even though the movie is predictable and maudlin it does have scenes with a genuine emotional impact. With a script that has some intelligence and nuance and actresses who bring sincerity and belief to rather clichéd characters (child-woman and woman-child, essentially), this movie winds up being far better than it has a right to be. I feel like I have to make excuses for liking it, because it is kind of dumb, but I really very much enjoyed it.


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