Monday, August 16, 2010

Movie Mondays

The Nanny Diaries

Book, 2002 by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

The Nanny Diaries is an absolutely addictive peek into the utterly weird world of child rearing in the upper reaches of Manhattan's social strata. Cowritten by two former nannies, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, the novel follows the adventures of the aptly named Nan as she negotiates the Byzantine byways of working for Mrs. X, a Park Avenue mommy. Nan's 4-year-old charge, the hilariously named Grayer (his pals include Josephina, Christabelle, Brandford, and Darwin) is a genuinely good sort. He can't help it if his mom has scheduled him for every activity known to the Upper East Side, including ice skating, French lessons, and a Mommy and Me group largely attended by nannies. What makes the book so impossible to put down is the suspense of finding out what the unbelievably inconsiderate Mrs. X will demand of Nan next. One pictures the two authors having the last hearty laugh on their former employers.

Movie, 2007 directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Features: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Donna Murphy

Tagline: A comedy about life at the top, as seen from the bottom.

Watch the trailer.

Have you read the book or seen the movie?

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