• Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know


Loss of parents, child runs away, character considers suicide.


Sexual situations.


Some strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters abuse alcohol and smoke, character a recovering alcoholic.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language, and Rae gives Molly the finger. Molly has casual sex with someone she does not know, and it is clear that this is typical for her. Characters drink and smoke. A character considers suicide.

What's the story?

Once upon a time there were two lonely princesses who had to save each other. The first princess is Molly (Brittany Murphy), the daughter of a legendary rock star. Her parents died in a plane crash when she was nine years old. Now 22, she lives like a princess in a tower, numbing her pain and loneliness with non-stop parties. She does not feel close to anyone and has nothing to feel proud of. When the man who manages all of her money disappears, she has to support herself for the first time, but she has no skills or dreams and no idea of how to begin. Molly gets a job as a nanny for Rae (Dakota Fanning). Rae's father is in a vegetative state following a stroke, and her mother (Heather Locklear) is always working. Like Molly, Rae hides from her pain. But while Molly tries to remain a helpless little girl, Rae tries to become a premature adult.

Is it any good?


This odd couple troops along the well-traveled path from antagonism to understanding, with every single beat loudly telegraphed in advance, and every development indicated rather than shown. It's a real shame that the studio decided to make this a PG-13 movie, because younger audiences would be more likely to appreciate the story, with the little girl teaching the big girl a lesson, and they would be more forgiving about the movie's predictability because they have not seen dozens of movies just like it, only better.

The unaffected charm Murphy showed in Clueless and Driving in Cars With Boys has disappeared. Her attempts to be twinkly and adorable are a little grotesque here. It doesn't help that the plot has her taking pratfalls every time it runs out of ideas, which is often. Her love interest is so bland he is almost invisible. There is something a little creepy about the way she uses her father's artifacts to seduce him, and something very creepy when he has an affair with Rae's mother. Fanning shows great class and presence, giving far more to her character than the script does. She shows us the vulnerability and loneliness inside Rae's bossy control freak and it is impossible not to be touched by her devastation over her father or her triumph when she allows herself to loosen up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how movies are "stories to help us deal with life" and about how both Molly and Rae have different ways of trying to hide from the pain they feel.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 15, 2003
DVD/Streaming release date:January 6, 2004
Cast:Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Heather Locklear
Director:Boaz Yakin
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content and language

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Teen, 13 years old Written bygreenactress October 14, 2009

You, you, and you

i liked this movie, havent seen it in awhile but what i remember was sweet. little bad parts here and there but no deal breakers. It's entertaining, and i think it does teach a few valuble lessons. I think no matter who you are, child or adult, male or felmale, you should watch this movie. It proably comes off as a chick flick but its funny and overall good. A great movie for mothers to watch with their younger daughters.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byLadyDipthong April 21, 2011

my favorite movie.

Dakota flips off Brittany like 3 times.
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