Brittany Murphy is the indulged orphan daughter of a 70s or 80s rock star who died in an accident with his wife. An accountant steals all her money and suddenly this unskilled party girl needs to get a job. She gets one at last as nanny to Dakota Fanning, a stern nine year old who behaves as if she were a ninety year old spinster. Brittany and Dakota go through the contest of wills stuff; Brittany falls for an up and coming rock 'n roller (actually more a balladeer); girl meets boy, girl loses boy, boy sleeps with girl's employer - you get the picture. Actually the movie holds together only because everyone knows everyone else from being the music business.
The movie is pure schmaltz. The storyline is weak. But even so, the director builds the story between Brittany and Dakota and it ends as a real coming of age and girl story. Not many dry eyes in the house at the end of this one. Not art - just fun.
Pros: Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fannings performances Cons: See Review The Bottom Line: Final analysis: you cant take Uptown Girl too seriously, take it for what it is: a fun movie with a message, a convoluted message, but a message nonetheless. There is sometime strangely attractive about Brittany Murphy, and I cant quite put my finger on it. She is not a classic beauty, but she is in her own quirky way, a beautiful … more
Brittany Murphy uses her ditzy/sexy combination to maximum effect inUptown Girls. Molly Gunn (Murphy) is an heiress living off the estate of her dead rock star father--until an unscrupulous accountant embezzles everything and Molly has to get a job. After a failed attempt at retail work, Molly finds herself as the nanny for a prematurely humorless and rigid little girl named Ray (Dakota Fanning,I Am Sam), whose music mogul mother Roma (Heather Locklear) hardly ever sees her. Meanwhile, Molly woos an English musician who's trying to get a record contract from Roma. Unsurprisingly, Ray teaches Molly to take some responsibility for herself, while Molly gives Ray the opportunity to become the child she is--but despite the formulaic quality of the story, the two actresses play off each other well, and something unexpectedly touching emerges. Also featuring Marley Shelton (Sugar & Spice).--Bret Fetzer