Uptown Girls : Production Notes

In Uptown Girls, Molly Gunn (Brittany Murphy) is the toast of the New York social scene. The freewheeling daughter of a late rock legend, Molly is an “it girl” on top of the A-list – designers want to dress her, the most eligible bachelors want to date her, and her birthday bash is one of the hottest tickets in town. Her life is a never-ending party.

But when Molly’s inheritance is stolen by her accountant, the party comes to an abrupt end. Molly is forced to do something she’s never done before – get a job.

With the help of her best friend Ingrid (Marley Shelton) and A&R scout pal Huey (Donald Faison), Molly lands a position as nanny to the daughter of high-powered music executive Roma Schleine (Heather Locklear). Molly’s new charge is Ray Schleine (Dakota Fanning), a precocious, uptight 8-year-old “going on 40” who’s obsessed with germs and lives her life as perfectly as possible. Emotionally distant from her mother, Ray has grown up with a revolving door of nannies and too little stability, so she tries to control everything she can.

Molly has never needed to be a responsible adult. Ray has taken the weight of the world on her young shoulders.

They’re about to teach each other how to act their age.

MGM Pictures presents a Greenstreet Films production of Uptown Girls, starring Brittany Murphy, Dakota Fanning, Marley Shelton, Donald Faison, and Heather Locklear. Directed by Boaz Yakin, the screenplay was written by Julia Dahl and Mo Ogrodnik and Lisa Davidowitz from a story by Allison Jacobs. Uptown Girls was produced by John Penotti, Fisher Stevens and Allison Jacobs, with Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Tim Williams, and Boaz Yakin as executive producers. The production team includes director of photography Michael Ballhaus, production designer Kalina Ivanov, editor David Ray, costume designer Sarah Edwards, music supervisor Maureen Crowe, and composer Joel McNeely.