It is a common theme for the big screen, Nanny to the rescue! Most movies shed some light and glorify the hard work of a nanny, others do the opposite. Here are five movies that give Nannies a bad name:
Nanny McPhee- Super Powers, Ugly Nanny.
As much as we would like to think Nannies have magical powers, they do not. When a widowed father hires Nanny McPhee to contain his seven unruly children, the kids start behaving and it’s not because of practice, patience and love, but because of her magic. As much as we would all love to think Nannies have magical powers, they do not. Her grotesque appearance doesn’t help the nanny stereotype either.
Mary Poppins- Unrealistic Expectations.
Disney has done it once again with leaving viewers with such high expectations not only for prince charming but for over-prepared flying nannies with magical that break out in song and dance. Sorry, but there is no such thing as Mary Poppins. No bag to store lamps in or the ability to join a sidewalk chalk world with dancing cartoons. The only thing Nannies can walk away with is that in fact, a spoon full of sugar in fact helps the medicine go down.
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle- Nanny from Hell.
A mother’s biggest fear is to hire a ‘Payton Flanders’ as a Nanny. A couple living in the suburbs hire a, sweet and soft spoken nanny for their baby. As time with the seemingly perfect nanny goes on, the parents start to realize she is in fact pure evil. Stealing the baby and husband is just to start; this psychological thriller will scare any parent (and nanny).
Uptown Girls- Who is the Nanny?
A movie like this is sure to give Nannies a bad name. No one wants to hire an immature, ditzy and annoying Nanny. Brittany Murphy plays childlike nanny of adult like Dakota Fanning and she is the last person you want to nanny your children. Funny mishap after mishap things get better and Dakota Fanning actually is more the Nanny in this relationship. Thank goodness this is the movies and it all works out in the end, because it may not have such a happy ending in real life with this nanny.
Mrs. Doubtfire- Not really a Nanny.
Probably the most popular and lovable Nanny…or is it Manny? And who could you not adore a movie about a loving father dressed up like an older woman pretending to be a well-trained Nanny, starring Robin Williams. But the thought of man who lost custody of his children and then lying and faking a career to be closer to his children, is disturbing. None the less, this is a bad image for Nannies, but a great movie by Robin Williams.
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