The MPAA rated Uptown Girls (2003)
PG-13 for sexual content and language.
Billy Joel sang about an Uptown Girl but I dont know
if Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) was what he had in mind.
At 22, she doesnt have a clue about how to act her age.
Maybe her ineptness should be forgiven considering her less
that ideal upbringing. Orphaned as a child when her legendary
rock star father and her globetrotting mother were killed
in a plane wreck, she has oodles of money at her disposal
and nary an adult role model in sight. Sleeping until noon,
eating out of cartons and leaving her penthouse apartment
in total shambles, Molly has little to do with her time other
than shop, party and throw herself at anyone who shows an
inkling of interest.
However, the lavish lifestyle comes to an abrupt arrest when
her financial manager skips town with all of her assets. Along
with that, her latest lover (Jesse Spencer) leaves for the
arms of another woman. Kicked out on the street with her pet
pig Mu, she moves in with best friend Ingrid (Marley Shelton),
the rigid antithesis of the carefree blonde. When close living
quarters strain their relationship, Molly lands on the doorstep
of her guy pal Huey (Donald Adeosun Faison) who realizes this
penniless socialite needs a job.
Hardly qualified for anything, Molly finally gets work as
a nanny for Ray Schleine (Dakota Fanning), the germ phobic,
pill-popping eight-year-old daughter of a career driven recording
executive (Heather Locklear). Handed over to hired help for
most of her life, Ray has matured into a paranoid perfectionist
with the mind-set of a stern, old lady.
Floundering between adult and childhood, the odd pair of
abandoned offspring has a lot to learn from each other. And
sometimes those lessons smart just a little as Molly grows
to take on the responsibilities of a caregiver and Ray loosens
her grip on grownup fixations.
For parents, frequent profanities and a couple of crude hand
gestures by a child may cause concern along with easily discarded
moral commitments, sexual favors traded for career advancements
and generous amounts of alcohol consumed by young adults.
Billed as a comedy, Uptown Girls has only moments of slapstick
silliness thrown into a story of dysfunction caused by parental
neglect. Believing these two girls can save each other is
a definite stretch in the script. Fortunately, Mollys
desire to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and Rays
attempts to find the child inside of her helps keep this film
from getting totally mired in downtown despair.