The Perfect Nanny

  • 2001
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Horror

Fans of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE (1992) can chew their nails over this silly but entertaining example of the "babysitters-gone-bananas" subgenre. Habitual romance reader Andrea McBride Hatfield (Tracy Nelson) catches her husband, Troy (Darren Gray Ward), in flagrante delicto and attacks him; she winds up in a mental hospital. Even after she's declared...read more

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Fans of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE (1992) can chew their nails over this silly but entertaining example of the "babysitters-gone-bananas" subgenre. Habitual romance reader Andrea McBride Hatfield (Tracy Nelson) catches her husband, Troy (Darren Gray Ward), in flagrante delicto and attacks him; she winds up in a mental hospital. Even after she's declared cured, Andrea continues to confuse the make-believe world of novellas like "The Passion of Mandy" with reality. Like the fictional Mandy, a governess who marries up, Andrea sets out to wed a rich, handsome doctor. While working as a receptionist job at an employment agency, she's privy to potential nanny positions and widower Dr. James Lewis (Bruce Boxleitner) that she's an experienced domestic caregiver (having conveniently eliminated her prime competitor with a toppled bookcase). Once installed in Lewis's household, Andrea proves indispensable. She wins over the doctor's bratty son and bonds with his teenaged daughter Fawn, (Dana Barron), who resents her father's attachment to co-worker Dr. Julia Bruning (Susan Blakely). With her eyes on the marital prize, Andrea makes sure Bruning drowns in her pool. Later, when Lewis's boss threatens to upset the apple cart, Andrea ambushes him and makes the attack look like a mugging. But she makes the mistake of tipping her hand to Fawn, who doesn't regard Andrea as stepmother material, and isn't prepared for the return of her possessive ex-husband, who's been pressuring her mom, Mrs. McBride (Katherine Helmond), about Andrea's whereabouts. Now there are three obstacles on the path to Nanny's happy ending: jealous Troy, blackmailing Mrs. McBride and suspicious Fawn. A charismatic psychopath goes a long way to making a horror movie enjoyable, and the personable Nelson is the derivative but efficient picture's greatest asset.

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  • Released: 2001
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Fans of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE (1992) can chew their nails over this silly but entertaining example of the "babysitters-gone-bananas" subgenre. Habitual romance reader Andrea McBride Hatfield (Tracy Nelson) catches her husband, Troy (Darren Gray Wa… (more)

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