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Uptown Girls is a 2003 comedy-drama film directed by Boaz Yakin, starring Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning.

The plot mainly involves Molly Gunn (Murphy) playing nanny to Larraine "Ray" Schleine (Fanning). There's also an romantic subplot, and the story also deals with dead parents, growing up, and delves into the characters' issues.


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  • Armor-Piercing Response: Ray delivers one of these to Molly during their tea party. It isn't until a sleepover later at Ray's house does Molly break down in tears because of this.
    Molly: Why should I change? So I can turn into a grown-up like you?
    Ray: You're scared.
    Molly: ...
  • Book-Ends: Ray says something insightful at the opening and closing of the movie.
  • Casting Couch: Neal got his record deal by sleeping with Ray's mom.
  • Control Freak: Ray is written all over this trope.
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  • Cool Big Sis: Molly tries to play this to Ray. It works as often as Ray is this trope in spirit for Molly.
  • 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?
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason Molly is such a Woman Child is because she never received closure for her parents' passing, and getting lost in a party animal lifestyle is her way of keeping the grief at bay.
  • 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. Thankfully, it was Neal who bought them, both to help Molly and keep them in her life.
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  • Known Only by Their Nickname: "Nobody calls me Lorraine."

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