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  • Summary: Molly Gunn (Murphy), the freewheeling daughter of a late rock legend, is the toast of the New York social scene. But when her accountant steals her inheritance, Molly is forced to do something she's never done before -- get a job. She lands a position as nanny to the precocious, uptight daughter of a high-powered music executive. Now Molly and her 8-year-old "going on 40" charge are about to teach each other how to act their age. (MGM) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 14 out of 30
  1. 75
    Murphy has a kind of divine ineptitude that moves beyond Marilyn's helplessness into Lucy's dizzy lovability. She is like a magnet for whoops! moments.
  2. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Unfortunately, the emotionally resonant moments between Murphy and Fanning are few and far between; the rest of the film relies on goofy physical comedy -- Murphy takes more pratfalls that any young woman should have to.
  3. 50
    In Uptown Girls Murphy is like a puppy in traffic; you're confident she'll reach the curb but only because the cars are swerving, not because her moves are so deft.
  4. Cutesy and unconvincing parable.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This is not only unsuitable for children, it's a colossal waste of time at any age.
  6. 30
    One almost pities the unnervingly twitchy Murphy, whose shiny makeup is dreadful, and who doesn't stand a chance alongside the focused intensity of Fanning, who commands the screen with the precision of a 30-year veteran.
  7. 12
    A creepy, depressing and leering "comedy" that's a virtual collection of "What were they thinking?" moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Mar 5, 2012
    I am quite shocked by all the negative reviews. This movie touched me and it was lovely to see how a free-spirited girl became serious and responsible after one little girl brought her immature behavior to her attention. This is a wonderful movie and Brittany Murphy is surely missed Expand
  2. Sam
    Mar 18, 2006
    It's a terrible movie, but it would have been so much better if it weren't for two things, the characters, and character development. All the characters are easy to hate, with unfunny lines, poorly acted "emotional scenes" and, well, quite frankly they're wooden. However, it would have been better if the characters had gone from dicks and sluts to nice guys and good people, or if you got the hint that any of them had learned something from Ray or Molly, but you don't, which is the worst part of an otherwise bad movie. Expand

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