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Au Pair is a 1999 television film produced by Saban Entertainment and originally released by Fox Family starring Gregory Harrison and Heidi Noelle Lenhart, Haim Saban's step-daughter. Jennifer Morgan (Heidi Noelle Lenhart) is an MBA looking for a job as an executive at Oliver Caldwell's (Gregory Harrison) company. Through a series of errors, she is given a job as the au pair for his children, Katie (Katie Volding) and Alex (Jake Dinwiddie). While the children initially play pranks on Jennifer, and try to drive her off, they come to prefer her over Oliver's fiancee, Vivian (Jane Sibbett), and they begin to scheme to get Jennifer and Oliver together.

The film garnered two sequels, Au Pair II in 2001 and Au Pair 3: Adventure in Paradise in 2009, which was released as an ABC Family Original Movie.


This film exhibits the following tropes:

  • Bare Your Midriff: Jenny wears one of these shirts towards the end of the movie to show that she is more relatable to the children.
  • Cool Big Sis: Later on, Jenny, although they aren't related, is this to Katie and Alex. There is even a heart warming moment where Jenny comforts Katie when she's crying. (Katie also states she'd rather be stranded with her than be living with Vivian the Alpha Bitch).
  • Disposable Fiancé: Vivian is of the Evil All Along camp.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Jenny has had enough of Katie's attitude, she tells her that she's not going anywhere, but Katie's attitude better because she isn't gonna take it anymore.
  • Kids Play Matchmaker: The kids plot to bring their au pair together with their widowed father in hopes that their dad will dump his child-hating fiancee.
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  • Marry the Nanny: The kids successfully scheme to set up their single father with Jenny, the titular au pair.
  • Spoiled Brat: Neither Katie nor Alex are well-behaved at the beginning.


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