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Annie (2014)




Drama, Musical

Release Date

December 19, 2014

MPAA Rating



118 min.


Columbia Pictures

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Will Gluck


Will Smith, Jay-Z, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Jay Brown, Tyran Smith


Will Gluck, Aline Brosh McKenna, Emma Thompson



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," and Tribune Media Services, Inc.

Academy Award nominee Quvenzhane 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.

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Poster of Columbia Pictures' Annie (2014)
Poster of Columbia Pictures' Annie (2014)

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New York Premiere of Annie - Arrivals
Dec 07, 2014
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Dec 07, 2014


“..no amount of self-referential jokes can make up for a lack of heart and spirit..”
by Inkoo Kang [The Wrap]
“..more of a facelift than an update, the pic dusts off some old songs, adds a few desultory stabs at new ones, and stuffs the frame with shiny upscale gadgets that scream "modern"..”
by Ronnie Scheib [Variety]
“..the overwhelming impression from this very loose remake...is that the creative team doesn't actually like the material much. If not for gushing testaments in the press notes, you might be tempted to think they're embarrassed by it..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]