Annie

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The new-look Annie hints at a progressive take on a well-worn story, but smothers its likable cast under clichés, cloying cuteness, and a distasteful materialism.

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A Broadway classic that has delighted audiences for generations comes to the big screen with a new, contemporary vision in Columbia Pictures' comedy, Annie. Director/Producer/Screenwriter Will Gluck teams with producers James Lassiter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith, and Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Laurence "Jay" Brown, and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith with a modern telling that captures the magic of the classic characters and original show that won seven Tony Awards. Celia Costas serves as Executive Producer. The screenplay is by Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna, based on the musical stage play "Annie," book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and on "Little Orphan Annie," (C) and (R) Tribune Media Services, Inc. Academy Award (R) nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he's her guardian angel, but Annie's self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it's the other way around. (c) Sony

Cast

Jamie Foxx
as Will Stacks
Cameron Diaz
as Miss Hannigan
Dorian Missick
as Annie's "Dad"
Tracie Thoms
as Annie's "Mom"
Mike Birbiglia
as Social Services Inspector
Stephanie Kurtzuba
as Mrs. Kovacevic
Peter Van Wagner
as Harold Gray
Ray Iannicelli
as Waiter at Domani
Michael J. Fox
as As Himself
Jill Nicolini
as Ms. Giannetti
Raushanna Simmons
as YaYa L'Occitane
Brad Bong
as Pickle Stevens
Andrew Fleming
as Cleve Sweetzer
Ty Jones
as Stacks Mobile Reporter
Jessica Sherr
as Mary Gillen
Donnamarie Recco
as Woman on Street
Víctor Cruz
as Teacher
Mimi Bessette
as Stacks' Store Woman
Ryan DeLuca
as Chase Teen
Danny Flaherty
as Chase Teen
Patricia Clarkson
as Focus Group Woman
Brendan Burke
as Sanitation Engineer
Allison Jean White
as Woman at Stacks' Building
Sia
as Animal Care & Control Volunteer
Taryn Gluck
as Street Rat
Alexandra Gluck
as Street Rat
Derrick Baskin
as Auditioning "Dad"
Pernell Walker
as Auditioning "Mom"
Lannon Killea
as Stacks' Technician
Molly Prather
as Stacks' Technician
Bobby Moynihan
as Guy In Bar
Mila Kunis
as Andrea Alvin
Ashton Kutcher
as Simon Goodspeed
Rihanna
as Moon Goddess
Scarlett Benchley
as Fish Goddess
Pat Kiernan
as NY1 Reporter
Beth Rowe
as Reporter
Lytle Harper
as Domani Reporter
Brittany Connors
as Biking Girl
Aldous Davidson
as Biking Guy
Lance Kerfuffle
as Guggenheim President
Kevin Cannon
as Photobomber
J. Kaitlin Becker
as Grace's Assistant
Alan Purwin
as Stacks' Pilot
Ben Skorstad
as Stacks' Pilot
Gia Henderson
as Auditioning Woman #2
Mark Whitfield
as Guitarist
Sade DeMorcy
as "Tomorrow" Girl
Brittany Parks
as Overture Singer
Emma Wetzel
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Hannah Green
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Joseph Mancini
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Alex Rubiano
as Tap Dancing Classmates
Eliza David
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Tymell Hubbard
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Josh Price
as Tap Dancing Classmate
Sofia Rubino
as Tap Dancing Classmate
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Critic Reviews for Annie

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (112)

  • The song selection and its presentation seems out of his control.

    Jan 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

    Jim Slotek

    Toronto Sun
    Top Critic
  • Are you a little girl, aged between six and ten?... Have you learnt every song from Frozen and are you ready to torment your parents with a whole new repertoire?... congratulations, you are part of the ridiculously specific target audience for [Annie].

    Jan 1, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Even Sandy the dog looks like he's had enough.

    Dec 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The vigorous display of good feelings and comforting resolutions has an unusually effervescent sincerity, even if the rags-to-riches wish-fulfillment leaps over all the hard knocks.

    Dec 29, 2014 | Full Review…
  • There's not much delight to be had in an orphan's bedazzlement by this corporate paradise - besides, is gaining material wealth all the story has to offer?

    Dec 26, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The blame falls squarely on Gluck, who appears to have never seen a musical film in his life, shoots dance numbers with staid limpidity and zero sense of rhythm, and edits them in a way so as all the performers are barely visible.

    Dec 24, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Annie

  • Dec 19, 2016
    I know I'm not the target audience for this. Honestly I watched it as I was intrigued by the gorgeous dog on the poster. (Hey,it's a valid reason...). I am old enough to have watched the original as a child. I liked it at the time, but it's not one I have rewatched over the years or have strong feelings about, therefore, I wasn't especially upset that Annie is now a little black girl with dark hair. I will say it didn't "feel" like watching Annie, it felt like a totally different movie. Maybe because of the missing iconic curly red hair. Actually, despite being a fan of red hair, I actually always hated the short red curls, so to me it was an improvement. This Annie still has short curly hair, but it looks cute rather than harsh on her. Hmm. .. I actually think they did an okay job of it. Considering. I don't generally do kids movies, but at no point did I feel like switching this off. I liked Cameron Diaz. She was hammy as,but it was funny. It gets a bit cloying at the end, but thankfully that's right at the end. I doubt I'll watch it again, but I could see this being entertaining viewing for a family with pre teen kids. (Or childish adults!).
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2015
    Terriblay. Obviously a career vehicle for Quvenzhane Wallis who is lively and game but not as good of a singer or dancer as the other little girls in the ensemble. Cameron Diaz is laughably evil as Miss Hannigan, but she really throws herself into her musical numbers. I was hoping they'd do something worthwhile with the illiteracy reveal, like that Annie's letter never said that her parents were coming back; she just made up what she couldn't read and the other girls enabled her out of sympathy.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2015
    An auto-tuned nightmare . . . it's also a musical that seems to hate it's own genre. A complete failure on all fronts.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2015
    Hollywood seems to have a need for changing the race or sex of classic characters as a way to be seen as PC. Can it be done? Sure. But it needs to be done well... It is not done well here & this reimagining of this classic musical is not good. Should be a hard knock life for whomever greenlit this as they get punched in the genitals.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer

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