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Uptown Girls

Uptown Girls Promotional Movie Poster
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Written by Julia Dahl
Mo Ogrodnik
Lisa Davidowitz
Starring Brittany Murphy
Dakota Fanning
Release date(s) 2003
IMDb profile

Uptown Girls is a 2003 comedy/drama directed by Boaz Yakin and adapted from the story by Allison Jacobs into screenplay by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik and Lisa Davidowitz. It stars Brittany Murphy as a 22-year-old living a charmed life as the daughter of a famous rock and roll musician. Dakota Fanning co-stars. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (511x755, 64 KB) This image is of a movie poster or title card, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... A writer and film director with a gift for dealing with controversial issues on personal, human terms, Boaz Yakin was born in New York City in 1966. ... Brittany Murphy (born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977) is an American singer and actress. ... Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The word comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humor with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... A writer and film director with a gift for dealing with controversial issues on personal, human terms, Boaz Yakin was born in New York City in 1966. ... Brittany Murphy (born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977) is an American singer and actress. ... Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ...


Tagline: They're about to teach each other how to act their age.

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Plot

Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is a spoiled rock n' roll princess, living off the ample trust fund of her late rock legend father. Molly is carefree and fun-spirited but also can be irresponsible and immature, having no concept of money or the need to work for it. She keeps cash in the freezer of her Upper West Side apartment, treats her doorman like a personal servant and pays no attention to bills for phone, electricity or pet care. The Upper West Side is a neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River above West 59th Street. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


When her accountant steals all of her money, Molly has to do the unthinkable—get a job. After a few unsuccessful interviews and a stint at a department store, Molly finally lands a job. She is hired as a nanny for an uptight eight-year-old girl named Ray (Dakota Fanning) who's often ignored by her busy, music executive mother (Heather Locklear). Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ... Juliet Faulkner (born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California) is an American actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ...


Molly and Ray couldn't be any more different: Molly is an adult but acts like a child, and Ray is a child who acts like an adult. Although they clash at first, they come together and learn to act their age and become best friends.


Full Summary

The movie opens with a party for Molly's 22nd birthday at an exclusive dance club, arranged by her chaste childhood best friend Ingrid and Huey, a producer. In the club's ladies room, Molly thinks she's alone and expresses her insecurity over her appearance and says, "Why would I be getting a worry wrinkle?", and she receives an unexpected rejoinder from Ray, a precocious and dour 8-year-old girl (Dakota Fanning) who says,"Why would you think anyone would care?". Ray is equally rude and condescending to Molly and to Huey, who is trying to babysit her for his boss, who "can't keep a nanny ... fired their third one this month today." A nightclub (often dance club or club, particularly in the UK) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Best Friend may refer to: Best Friend, someone with whom one shares the strongest friendship. ... Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ...


Molly instantly falls for singer Neal Fox. Huey says Neal is celibate for the sake of his musical career, and Ingrid also tries to discourage her, but Molly sees Neal as a "rock and roll poet sex god" and begins to pursue him.


She proves she's Tommy Gunn's daughter by showing Neal her father's guitar collection, 16 electric and 1 acoustic on which he wrote the classic "Molly Smiles" (which begins "Daddy's little girl ...") The song is too poignant for Molly to let Neal sing it to her, because her parents died on the way back from the Budokan concert which premiered it. An electric guitar is a type of guitar with a solid or semi-solid body that utilizes electromagnetic pickup (music)s to convert the vibration of the steel-cored strings into electrical current. ... A steel string acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the classical guitar, but strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... The Nippon Budokan Hall is an arena in central Tokyo. ...


Neal stays the night, breaking his vow "not ... to have romantic relationships my first year." Feeling smothered by Molly's attention and objecting to the chaos of her "looking-glass" world, he gets ready to go home. Meanwhile, the TV shows Wile E. Coyote vainly pursuing the Roadrunner. (The power, which was off the night before, has mysteriously been restored.) Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a work of childrens literature by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), generally categorized as literary nonsense. ... Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote The Road Runner cartoons are a series of Looney Tunes cartoons created by Chuck Jones for Warner Brothers. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Ingrid comes over and scolds Molly for her filthy apartment "beyond its normal grotesque" and refuses to console her by contradicting her plaintive "He's gone. I have no life," because "As your best friend, it's my duty not to lie to you." Ingrid tries to call accountant Bob to get the gas and electricity restored (Molly ignored the final notices), but the phone is out. Later, attorney Feldman explains that Bob milked her estate, even borrowing against her father's royalties, and advises Molly to "get a job".


Molly applies at the store where Ingrid works, taking advantage of the employee discount to buy "900 thread count" Egyptian cotton sheets for $1300. She spends all night at Neal's apartment and is found the next morning asleep on a store display and is fired.


Huey comes to the rescue and attempts to kill two birds with one stone by getting Molly a job with his own boss Roma (Ray's mother). When Ray finds out at the last moment that Molly is her new nanny, she is less than thrilled. Molly is way underdressed for the Upper East Side. Molly looks clumsy as well as inappropriately attired, breaking a high-heel sandals on the street and destroying the hall closet. In Ray's luxurious but spare home (on Fifth Avenue, directly across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art), she encounters an impersonal doctor and nurse caring for a man in a coma. Metropolitan Museum of Art New York Elevation The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often referred to simply as The Met, is one of the worlds largest and most important art museums. ...


Ray shuts Molly out of her private life, refusing to tell her that the man is her father (as we learn later). In a symbolic moment showing how stringent are the requirements to gain entry into Ray's world, she curtly yells "Shoes!" before Molly can walk on the immaculate hardwood floor of her room as she gets barefoot. In a blatant contrast to Molly's mess and chaos, Ray's room is "so orderly" that the dolls are all on shelves (not to be played with), a bed and small computer desk are tucked up against the windows, and the only other furniture is a small table set for a tea party.


"Hey, you don't touch that unless I happen to invite you for tea. You just got your germy mouth all over my plastic scones." Ray angrily sprays the contaminated toy morsel. The relationship proceeds rapidly downhill from this inauspicious start with an argument over how to wash dishes. Ray actually calls her new nanny a "tree-loving hippie" and Molly quits and gets a bloody nose from the swinging door.


A barefoot Molly returns to her apartment, only to find her pet pig ("Mu" as in Mu shu pork) tied to the doorknob in the hallway. She's been locked out, due to nonpayment of rent (not to mention having a pig in her pigpen of an apartment) and they tell her that she can claim whatever possession she needs until she is banned from her apartment building. Still barefoot, she tries to visit Neal later that rainy night, but he ignores the door buzzer. They haven't exactly broken up; he's got her sheets, she's got his jacket. Moo shu pork (literally wood shavings pork) is a pseudo-Chinese dish served primarily in Chinese restaurants in the United States. ...


The next day, Ingrid invites her to live with her, but she brings way too much stuff, so Ingrid advises Molly to "downsize" and "find her center". She also insists Molly pay half the rent.


Molly drops in on Ray, who after her ballet class pointedly declines to participate in freestyle dancing while the other girls enjoy taking a break from classical music for 5 minutes of On Broadway. Molly begs for her nanny job back and is accepted "on probation". As the music continues in the background, Molly dances in jubilant circles around Ray, her long blonde hair swinging as ever-somber Ray walks steadily down a Central Park path. Ray defends her refusal with a Mikhail Baryshnikov quote: "Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun." This conversation ends in another quarrel, and Ray gives Molly the finger. Molly makes her "take it back" and then gives her "a surprise", the gift of her pet pig Mu. On Broadway is a song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with the songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. ... For the Russian athlete, see Aleksandr Baryshnikov. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Quick cut to the next scene, a yard sale of Molly's belongings incongruously taking place on a ritzy Manhattan sidewalk. Ingrid gets her to sell a putter "that Tiger Woods gave to me at the Masters" for a mere ten dollars.


In the next few scenes, Molly and Ray begin bonding, while Molly's klutzy accident-prone tendencies are highlighted. Ray even defends Molly from a schoolmate's slur: "Her au pair said my nanny was a slutbag whore."


Eventually, Molly develops the strength to live on her own, reconciles with Neal, develops a strong friendship with Ray and begins rebuilding her fortune as a hot new designer.


Trivia

Piper Lisa Perabo (born October 31, 1976) is an American movie actress. ... A writer and film director with a gift for dealing with controversial issues on personal, human terms, Boaz Yakin was born in New York City in 1966. ... Remember the Titans is an American drama film released in 2000. ... Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. ... Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Man on Fire is a 2004 film directed by Tony Scott, starring Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, and Christopher Walken. ...

Cast

Brittany Murphy (born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977) is an American singer and actress. ... Dakota Fanning (born Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23, 1994) is an American actress. ... Marley Eve Shelton (born April 12, 1974) is an American film and television actress. ... Donald Adeosun Faison (born June 22, 1974 in New York City, New York) of Nigerian descent is a television and movie actor, known for his role as Dr. Christopher Turk in the NBC television series Scrubs. ... Jesse Gordon Spencer (born 12 February 1979) is an Australian actor known most recently for his role as Dr. Robert Chase in the medical drama House. ... Austin Pendleton (born on 27 March 1940 in Warren, Ohio, USA) is an American movie, television and stage actor. ... Juliet Faulkner (born September 25, 1961 in Westwood, California) is an American actress, primarily on soap operas, movies and television. ... Pell James (born April 30, 1977) is an American actress. ...

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