- Harvard ends Quinnipiac men’s ice hockey season in Lake Placid
- Quinnipiac women’s basketball prepares for NCAA Tournament
- Chronicle Sports Staff makes March Madness picks
- Multicultural Suite to open in Student Center
- Assistant director of OFSL to resign on March 10
- GSA hosts peaceful protest for transgender rights
- Sherman Ave building to be new QU theater
- Spreading the Word to End the Word
- Tom Moore fired as men’s basketball head coach after 10 seasons
Johansson’s ‘Nanny Diaries’ disappoints
Based on the novel written by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, “The Nanny Diaries” revolves around Annie Braddock, a recent college graduate who is determined to put off adulthood for as long as she can by becoming a nanny for the summer. It’s clear that the young Braddock truly doesn’t even know who she is yet.
A chance encounter in Central Park leads Annie, played wonderfully by Scarlett Johansson, to accept the job as a full-time nanny. Annie is to take care of 5-year-old Grayer, a spoiled yet adorably sweet Park Avenue son of a couple whom she simply calls “the X’s.”
Mrs. X, (Laura Linney) is a narcissistic and vain mother who spends her days shopping, going out to lunches, and complaining. It’s her demeaning behavior towards Annie, though, by calling her “Nanny!” that seems to be most unpleasant. And then there’s Mr. X, (Paul Giamatti) a character whose face isn’t revealed to us right away. He’s a self-absorbed, predictable cheating husband who finds any excuse to abandon his poor (no pun intended) family.
Having had enough of the bickering between the X’s, and the unfriendliness of Mrs. X, Annie walks around and mopes, debating whether or not to quit her job, but is distressed over leaving because she’s become so attached to Grayer. Her constant whining about her job to “Harvard Hottie” (Chris Evans), the preppy, handsome guy she meets, lead you to wonder why she hasn’t already left.
The movie in itself is a little disappointing, but thanks to Johansson and Linney’s fantastic portrayal of their characters, watching the movie becomes bearable and not tedious.