Uptown Girls

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"They're about to teach each other how to act their age."
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 6.2  (42,544)
  • 33

Uptown Girls, released in 2003, is a heartwarming comedy-drama movie directed by Boaz Yakin, starring Brittany Murphy (Molly Gunn), Dakota Fanning (Lorraine "Ray" Schleine), and Heather Locklear (Roma Schleine). The movie follows the life of Molly Gunn, a lively and carefree woman who grew up with privilege and inherited her late rock-star father's fortune. She has never held a job and has lived a life of luxury. However, Molly's fortunes take a sharp downturn when her accountant embezzles her trust fund, and she finds herself penniless and homeless.

Molly accepts a job as a nanny for Lorraine "Ray" Schleine, an eight-year-old girl who has lost both her parents in a tragic accident. Ray lives with her workaholic mother, Roma Schleine, a music executive who is too busy to devote time to her daughter's emotional needs. With no previous experience in childcare, Molly quickly finds out that taking care of a child is a lot more complex than she thought. Ray is also not an average child; she is highly intelligent, introverted, and obsessed with cleanliness and organization.

At first, Molly struggles to connect with Ray's uptight and reserved personality. However, as she spends more time with her, Molly starts to become a positive influence on Ray's life. She helps Ray grow out of her shell by teaching her to have fun, be spontaneous, and accept her imperfection.

While Molly is adjusting to her new life as a nanny, she meets a street artist named Neal (Jesse Spencer), who is also struggling to find his identity as an artist. Neal and Molly develop a relationship, and he helps her gain her creative spark back, something she lost after her father's death.

The movie's plot highlights the struggles of single parenthood, the importance of emotional connection, the power of friendships, and the significance of self-discovery. The story shows how two broken individuals can come together and change each other's lives for the better.

Brittany Murphy delivers an excellent performance as Molly, managing to charm the audience with her wit, sassiness, and emotional vulnerability. Dakota Fanning, on the other hand, surprises the audience with her exceptional acting skills and mature demeanor, making the audience believe in her as a child going through such a tragic life event. Heather Locklear is convincingly detached, cold, and distant in her portrayal of Roma Schleine, the busy career-mother.

Overall, Uptown Girls is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that balances comedy with drama perfectly. The characters are well-written, the storyline is engaging, and the soundtrack is fantastic, showcasing the best of the early 2000s pop music. The movie might have a predictable storyline, but the standout performances of the actors make up for the cliché moments. Uptown Girls is a movie about self-discovery, the power of love, and the importance of honest communication. It is a must-watch for someone looking for an entertaining, feel-good movie.

Uptown Girls is a 2003 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 33.

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    6.2  (42,544)
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