Brittany Murphy (don't Say a Word) and Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam) shine brighter than all the lights of Manhattan in this delightful New York fairy tale. Co-starring Marley Shelton (Never Been Kissed), Donald Faison ("Scrub... more »s") and Heather Locklear ("Spin City"), Uptown Girls will make you laugh, cry and laugh again! Molly (Murphy) is a partying rock 'n' roll princess whose money just ran out. Ray (Fanning) is a fussy nine-year-old girl whose last nanny just ran out. Only Ray's way-too-busy mom (Locklear) could think that hiring Molly would be the perfect setup for both girls. But as this unlikely pair faces everything from control issues (Ray's, of course) to temper tantrums (Molly's, of course), they discover that sometimes your best friend can come from the place you least expect!« less
Aldo C. (jamesdeanfan81) from SAN GABRIEL, CA Reviewed on 4/28/2014...
Dakota Fanning and Brittany Murphy worked well and balanced each other in the movie. Fanning is brilliant and has demonstrated her versatility in this film and others she has graced us with on-screen. Murphy shined as a spoiled heir that basically had everything one could possibly want in life and in one moment that privilege life was taken away. What happened next illustrates that no matter what obstacles we encounter (big or small) we can always overcome them and if necessary start from scratch. And more importantly, we can help each other grow mentally no matter one's age. For me, the movie as a whole worked because the characters played an equally important role to further the life lessons I thought the director wanted to us to learn.
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Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 4/2/2014...
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DEBORAH D. from MONTGOMERY, AL Reviewed on 12/10/2009...
Very cute movie. It was fun to watch the young lady grow up, and the young girl learn how to be a kid.
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Shim F. Reviewed on 4/6/2008...
I didn't really like this movie.
The endding was cute, but the whole movie was a little lame.
There where some funny parts with a baby pig and stuff.
But other than that it's just O.K.
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Duane S. (superpoet) from FORT WORTH, TX Reviewed on 2/25/2008...
This is a very sweet and uplifting movie. An 8 yr. old and her nanny finally get along , after a strenuous battle of wit and will. It seems the youngster almost never sees her famous mother and her father is dying. The nanny is empathetic and sympathetic, but is incurably optimistic and full of fun. She finally wins over the little girl's wall of protection. I really liked this movie . The ending is fantastic.
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A formula film that pulls together a pretty good ending
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 02/20/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In terms of the basic plot "Uptown Girls" is totally predictable. Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is a spoiled little rich girl who needs to grow up when she is forced to go out and get a job for the first time in her life. Ray Schleine (Dakota Fanning) is an 8-year-old even littler little rich girl who is not only a hypochondriac and wise beyond her years but who needs to learn how to be a kid. Of course circumstances throw them together when Molly becomes Ray's nanny. There is the comic period of butting heads, the tentative beginnings of friendship, the point at which things blow up big time, and the heartfelt reconciliation. But one of the reasons that formula films like this continue to be made is because more often than not they work. The result is not a great film, but an enjoyable one where the best part of the film is the finale, where between them writers Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik, Lisa Davidowitz and Allison Jacobs come up with a creative way of bringing together major plot elements. The twist with Molly Gunn is that she is the daughter of a rock 'n' roll legend, guitarist Tommy Gunn. Her parents were killed in a plane crash when she was about Ray's age and she has been living off the residuals. In her apartment there is a shrine in which all of her father's guitars are displayed, including the one on which he wrote his biggest hit, "Molly Smiles," the song that Molly can no longer bear to here. Molly might be spoiled, but she has a kind heart and not a mean bone in her body. When her accountant steals all of her money and disappears she has her friends, Ingrid (Marley Shelton) and Huey (Donald Faison), who stay true and try to help her survive in the real world (I liked not having to do deal with her friends forgetting her now that she is broke). She also likes Neal Fox (Jesse Spencer), the young musician who plays at her birthday party. The only problem is that he is 274 days in his sobriety and wants to be celibate the first year. But he too is inspired by Molly to write a song that becomes a hit.Ray's mother, Roma Schleine (Heather Locklear) runs a record label, which, of course, signs Neal. This also explains why Ray needs a Nanny and we already know why the kid's attitude has a long procession of nanny's coming and going. But beyond her immaculate room and her preoccupation with germs and disease, Ray has her own father issue: he suffered a stroke and is now a vegetable set up in the library of the apartment. She seldom talks about her dad and she never visits him. To Molly, this is just wrong, but she does not give the obvious speech. Ray is smart enough to know what she would say and Molly bides her time until the time comes to say the right thing. In the counter-part to that scene that comes shortly afterwards, Molly and Ray communicate a whole range of emotions without either one of them even saying a word. Films like this rarely let silence speak so well on the behalf of the characters. Dakota Fanning was the best thing in "Taken," and after her solid performance in "I Am Sam" it is nice to see her do a more comedic role in this film. Count me in the growing list of those who think she could well be the Jodi Foster of her generation (to wit, she is better than Jodi Foster was at this age and you have the sense that she can make the transition from child star to adult star). Brittany Murphy, who was wasted in "Just Married" and was asked to do something decidedly different in "8 Mile," sinks her teeth into this role. She has the ditzy parts down pat, but it is the honest moments that she shares with both Ray and Roma that she achieves her best grace notes in the film. She should get a lot of opportunities to do more romantic comedies and as long as they have some basis in the real world and do not require her character to go over the top, she should thrive in such roles.Again, I want to applaud the creativity shown at the end of the film. Coming up with a payoff at the end of a film like this is difficult, because you need something that brings the characters together in a happy ending. What I like about this ending is that it achieves this without the characters involved ever making physical contact, by involving at least a half-dozen key plot elements, and, most importantly, by having the song we have been waiting almost the entire movie to hear be as good as it was supposed to be. When you watch the film a second time pay attention to how the music is set up during the auction scene. There might not be enough new here to make this a great film, but director Boaz Yakin has made "Uptown Girls" a nicely crafted formula film that more than meets our expectations."
A Curious Comedy
General Breadbasket | 07/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning and a pig called Mu star in the curious comedy "Uptown Girls", directed by Boaz Yakin. It's a bit of a mixed bag, I thought. There were parts I liked, parts I hated, parts I was intrigued by, and parts that just left me baffled. Overall, I liked it though.
Molly (Brittany Murphy), is the daughter of a late rock star, and lives off his wealth, in decadence, within a large apartment, along with her pet pig Mu. She is fairly superficial, as are her friends, and Molly's rather childish too. Sometime after her 22nd birthday, her late father's manager runs off with all the money she'd been living from, leaving her with nothing. She is kicked out of her apartment and has to find a job. She ends up becoming a nanny to "Ray" (Dakota Fanning), an uptight, smart alecy, germophobe of a little girl, the daughter of a wealthy record executive. They are certainly an odd couple, and some comic scenes follow, but its not all laughs. As the two girls spend time together, there are many a touching and dramatic moment as they realise they have a lot in common, both being a little eccentric, both being the daughters of wealthy families, and both having certain tragedies in their lives they're yet to cope with.
I wouldn't exactly call this a straight ahead comedy. Though there is a love interest for Molly as well, a Morrissey-esque rock singer (Jesse Spencer) she meets at her birthday party, I wouldn't call this a romantic comedy either, as this fellow isn't the main focus of the film, and their relationship isn't exactly conventional. Neither of them really seem interested in each other, yet they come together, on again off again. The whole film was just this kaleidescope of elements, tumbling around within the plot.
Though I was a little put off at first, I found this film fascinating. It was interesting to see characters first potrayed as parodies show a depth later on, while characters who seemed more three dimensional later showed a shallower side. No one here was exactly a carciature, but no one again was exactly completely real. It was a refreshing mix of the two, and I think they all pulled it off fairly well.
Special features include a quite large selection of deleted and alternate scenes, including a sex scene or two for some reason, as well as a behind the scenes featurette with interviews with the actors and director Boaz Yakin, a featurette about the fashion of the film, a montage of stills, the original movie trailer and a music video for "Time" by Chantal Kreviazuk, which looks pretty standard for a movie soundtrack music video (shots of singer singing interdispersed with footage from the film, etc). I would have preferred to see a music video for the songs Jesse Spencer's rock singer character sings, I quite liked those, they were funny and catchy, one of my favorite parts of the film.
An intriguing comedy, got me thinking by the end of it. Worth a look."
Nelly Marie | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this movie!! I laughed and cried. I watched it with my 24 year old brother and he liked it too! He could figure out the ending, but then again he watches a lot of movies! Its such a good movie you just need to watch it!"
Cathy L. Hildreth | Topeka KS | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was one of the sweetest films about relationships with friends,family and especially between a mother-daughter-nanny. I bought this for my own and sent one to my daughter, her nick name is RAE and so with our relationship it seemed to touch our hearts in the same way. She got it on her birthday and told me ...yes, it made her cry. The ending song during the credits " TIME" is so touching I cry everytime I hear it. I recommend this to any mom & daughter who has had a tough time of it growing up. It will show forgiving and moving on ... perhaps fixing a broken relationship or touching it in a special way to open the door for forgiveness ? I watch it whenever I need a boost of love.
C.Hildreth Topeka KS"
John Dagley | Melbourne Australia | 04/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On Saturday 6th December I saw 'Uptown Girls' with the gorgeous Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning.
I first got interested in it when I saw an interview in a Who magazine here with the director who said during this paragraph...
According to New Yorker Yakin, Girls moonlights as a very personal, post-Sept. 11 love letter to the Big Apple: "This movie makes New York look like no other movie has for 20 or 30 years". To back that lofty claim, he enlisted cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (fresh from 'Gangs Of New York' and promises a "beautiful, fairy-tale version of what New York City can be".
He wasn't wrong. It was different. Really quite lovely in fact. Nice and refreshing even. There were different and classy camera angles and I found the transitions from scene to scene unique and clever.
Dakota was a spotless neat freak afraid of germs. She might almost be irritating if she wasn't so great, and so cute, and well deserving of previous roles before this.
Brittany was also beautiful as can be as Molly Gunn. A girl down on her luck when it comes to finding work. You'd think anyone but Brittany might pull a gun on someone due to frustration, but not Molly. She might just shoot her mouth off at people instead, but words can be harmless or meaningful, and when Brittany or Molly talks I want to listen. But you'll be pleased to hear she isn't out of work long enough to consider any of this, when she is given a job as a baby sitter baby sitting Dakota. The child a mother can't properly love, but someone who can really benefit from spending time with people her own age. While also using less sophisticated adult vocabulary.
During the course of the movie, Molly finds love with a singer who can't usually get a word in edgeways, sings a catchy tune to her for her birthday. At a time in the bathroom when Molly thinks of herself as a 'hideous hag' when really that statement couldn't be further from the truth. Brittany just gets more and more adorable as time goes on and her movies come out. This guy is just what he needs.
Lucky Molly even gets a song for her from her spunky singing boyfriend, inspired by him after she spends a night in "Sheets Of Egyptian Cotton" with him. It is an instant hit as you'd imagine any song about one of Brittany's character's might be. Any daughter of a famous singer would have to be an instant hit with the guys.
Don't be fooled movie goers, "This is not 'The Shinning'". It is an upbeat movie for upbeat audiences. Full of fun but also something meaningful. You could learn something worthwhile in this. Let your emotions go and have faith in Brittany that she will see you through to the end of the film and leave you gasping for more after leaving you in a spin, you may need to see it again, or have a tea party and invite some guests, like the Mad Hatter and have crumpets. Don't forget Alice or the White Rabbit. I hope he isn't late! There's no time like a Brittany Murphy movie!
Everyone will be smiling along with Molly once they see 'Uptown Girls', I assure you! That will mean Brittany will keep smiling, and why wouldn't she when her smile lights up the screen and fan's hearts so often? Keep smiling Brittany!
I wonder if Billy Joel is also smiling thanks to his 'Uptown Girl' song, that is not in the movie. Oh no, Billy might not smile over that, but I'm sure he couldn't think of any better girl then Brittany or Dakota to be in a movie like his song. If that doesn't make Billy smile I don't know what will! Two 'Uptown Girls' instead of one!"