is a 2003 film starring Brittany Murphy
and Dakota Fanning
. The plot is comedic and mainly involves Molly Gunn playing nanny to Larraine "Ray" Schleine
. There's also an romantic subplot, and the story also deals with dead parents
, growing up, and delves into the characters' issues to form an amusing but heartwarming film.
This film provides examples of:
- Book Ends: Ray says something insightful at the opening and closing of the movie.
- Control Freak: Ray is written all over this trope.
- Cool Big Sis: Molly tries to play this to Ray.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ingrid and Ray.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Ray and Molly have a tea party-
Ray: Why are you buttering a plastic scone?
Molly: ...Why are there plastic scones when we have real food on the table? Huh?
- Ironic Echo: "Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun."
- Known Only by Their Nickname: "Nobody calls me Larraine."
- Little Miss Snarker
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl : A bit of a subversion in that the film deals mostly with the women's perspective. Molly could be this to the burgeoning rock star, but their relationship is doomed until they both grow up.
- My Parents Are Dead: Molly essentially says this to Neal, and later describes the situation to Ray.
- Parental Abandonment: Both Molly and Ray, but in different ways.
- Pinky Swear: Subverted, as the fear of germs gets in the way of the pinkies linking.
- Shout-Out: "What is this, The Shining?"
- Spoiled Sweet: Molly in the beginning. She has all of her birthday gifts taken to the Salvation Army without even looking at them.
- There Are No Therapists: Averted.
Molly: Kid, have you ever been to a shrink?
Ray: Since I was three.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: Ray, Ray, Ray. The pill-popping, the ridiculously advanced vocabulary, the flipping off of anyone who dares displease her, etc.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Neal spends almost as much screen time without his shirt on as he does with it.