Annie

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: December 19, 2014
DVD: March 17, 2015

Current rating: Rating: 3.42
based on 134 votes and 50 reviews
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Cast: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, David Zayas, Cameron Diaz

Synopsis

Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) was left at a foster home by her parents as a baby with a note saying they'd be back for her someday. Since then, she's remained under the care of the mean Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz), who makes Annie and the other foster girls work their fingers to the bone.

While running after a dog, Annie bumps into New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and falls into the path of an oncoming van. Stacks pulls her out of the way and is hailed as a hero. When his VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) find out his heroic move has put Stacks five points up in the polls, they decide it would be a wise campaign move to have him seen spending time with Annie.

Despite Miss Hannigan's reluctance, Grace picks Annie up to take her for lunch with Stacks. When Annie finds out why she got the invite, she suggests if Stack took her to live with him, he'd probably be elected president. He does just that, and Annie's cheerful optimism begins to grow on him.

Director: Will Gluck
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): James Lassiter, Will Smith, Will Gluck, Jada Pinkett Smith, Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Laurence "Jay" Brown, Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith
Screenplay: Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna
Official Site: Annie-Movie.com

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  • 5 stars "A worthy sequel to the '80's classic!"
  • 5 stars "This and Straight Outta Compton are the best movie musicals in years! The cast is utterly charming, especially Cameron Diaz who gives a star-making performance."
  • 1 star "Have to vote no on this. Though an attempt was made at Annie this version just seems to forget the true characters and their importance to the main character and her life. Comparing the original to this one is like oranges and apples and unfortunately this could have been an entirely different movie renamed as something else because aside from the name Annie and the fact her parents left her somewhere there is nothing else here that creates a freshness yet keeps the basis for the Annie original. So many ways this could have been done much better."