Film: Uptown Girls

Uptown Girls 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.

This film provides examples of:

  • Bookends: 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."
  • It's All Junk: Molly sells her deceased rock star dad's collection of guitars for significantly less than she anticipates, and she goes through with the sale just to get rid of them.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: "Nobody calls me Lorraine."
  • 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?"
  • 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.