• Publication date: April 1, 2011

Maturity & Immaturity Converge Uptown Girls: Age is Merely a State of Mind

Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) has never worked a day in her life. The daughter of a famous musician, her deceased father's royalties should last a lifetime. Should is the operative word, however.

Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) has never worked a day in her life. The daughter of a famous musician, her deceased father's royalties should last a lifetime. Should is the operative word, however. When the twenty-something's accountant sells the publishing rights to her father's songs and flees the country with the loot, Molly falls deep into debt. Best friend Ingrid (Marley Shelton) hosts Molly during this tough time, but stipulates that she must find employment. That's no easy task for a woman whose only skill is wasting money.

Eventually she does find a job, working as a nanny for record industry bigwig Roma Schleine (Heather Locklear). Roma's daughter, Ray (Dakota Fanning) is a middle-aged woman trapped inside an 8-year old's body. Rather than playing Nintendo, Ray is more interested in reading and perfecting her ballet routines -- a sport she approaches from a completely procedural, rather than creative or expressive framework. Her mantra, "Fundamentals are the building blocks of fun" sums up her pedantic recipe for success, and also her belief that happiness can be derived from rigidity.

Molly intends to transform Ray into a more carefree girl, but initially faces seemingly insurmountable opposition. The nanny's gifting of a pet pig makes for an unusual icebreaker though, and the duo slowly begins to bond. While the child slowly adapts to Molly's more leisurely nature, Ray ensures that her nanny learns a thing or two about prudence and responsibility as well.

Uptown Girls earned $44 million at the box office, more than double its $20 million budget.

Year: 2003

Duration: 92 minutes

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Starring:

Brittany Murphy

Dakota Fanning

Marley Shelton

Donald Faison

Jesse Spencer

Heather Locklear

Director: Boaz Yakin

Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and explicit language.