'Nanny Diaries' features beautiful people, not much depth

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2 1/2 stars out of four

Overall, this was not a bad movie. The book was better, but isn't that usually the case? Scarlett Johansson was her usual beautiful self, but this role was not a stretch for her. Any of today's young ingenues could have played the nanny role. The character I really enjoyed was Mrs. X, played by Laura Linney. She was like a Stepford Wife on drugs. I wish they would have shown more of the antics that she puts the nanny through, but there were enough to make the point. All in all, it was not a bad way to escape the summer heat.

- Laurel Grams, Lawrenceville

1 1/2 stars ouf of four

"The Nanny Diaries" is so predictable and bland, you could do a crossword puzzle and still not miss any of the weak plot. The two lead female roles and two lead male roles are stiffly acted and overplayed. The stereotypes are portrayed as you would expect; a self-absorbed mother, absent father, ignored child and doting, selfless, do-it-all nanny. The actors never ease up on these stereotypes, which quickly becomes tiring. The one good thing is the cinematography. Otherwise, it is a lifeless B-movie more suited for television and not worth the price of admission.

- Francine Benoit, Lawrenceville

2 1/2 stars out of four

Not even my wife wanted to go with me to see this chick flick. No car chases, no evil villain, no gun shots. Just drama between a nanny (Scarlett Johansson), a 5-year-old (Nicholas Art) and the X anti-family (Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti). This modern remake of Mary Poppins, set up in Upper East Side New York, is an expose of ultra-rich living vs. working class, but college-educated, nannies. I enjoyed this Stockholm-syndrome film, but I'd probably have fallen asleep if I wasn't in need of something light.

- Alfred Richner, Duluth