The Nanny (2017) Script

"And ere he blew three notes, such sweet soft notes as yet a musician's cunning never gave the enraptured air.

There was a rustling that seemed like a bustling, of merry crowds jostling and pitching and hustling.

Small feet were pattering, wooden shoes clattering.

Little hands clapping and little tongues chattering."

That's enough, Daddy.

Is it scaring you?

No, it's just, I know the ending.

Let me close that for you. All right?

I'm not afraid anymore.

It's just a nice old tree.

Good-bye, Daddy.

I think you mean "good night," sweetheart.

You only say good-bye when you're going away for a long time.

Oh, yeah. I forgot. Good night.

Good night, love. Get some sleep.

Sometimes I wish we could just freeze her in time. You know?

Keep her our little kid forever.

Selfish, I know.Mmm.

All parents feel that way, I think.

Sometimes I just wanna grab her by the shoulders and say, "I love you. Stop growing up."

I hear you.

Did you hear that?





Call the police.

Wh-What is it? Just call the police!




David, where is she? I don't know.

Emma! Emma!

Daddy! Emma!



This is insane.


He's not a threat.

He is nine years old.

And how old are you?

What does that have to do with anything?

Maybe he's not the threat Officer Frank is worried about.

Ever think of that?

What did you want me to do? Just let them bully him?

Your mom's gonna be here soon.

Shouldn't be long.

They don't pay me enough for this crap.

You going somewhere?

We were coming out to meet you.Uh-huh.

Okay, in the car. Let's go. Michael. Come on.

Come on, bud.

Put your feet in. Feet in.

Too fast.

Hey, Doris. I'm so sorry.

You have my sympathies.

Anna, hey.Hi.

Officer Frank. Oh. Hey.

Hey, Noa.Hi.

Hey, I just need to talk to your mom for a minute.


I mean, he's an imaginative kid.

You know Michael.

I mean, it's been a while.

Well, I mean, I've been working a lot.

It's not like I have free time, like, to do things.

Is this really necessary?

Well, he... he told the principal he heard naughty voices telling him to do very, very bad things.

So what does that mean? I don't know.

But, you know, in today's world, with the schools, we can't take any chances, you know.

He's a little kid! I know.

But it's a thin line between imaginative and troubled.

Oh, now he's "troubled"?

This is... I... I don't know. I don't... No, I don't think so.

No. He's... He's just... I think that...

I think he's just a lonely kid, that's all.

I don't know what to do about that.

I have to work. A lot.

So that we can live.

Well, I mean, if you didn't delete my number, you know, it's 911.

You gotta tell me something, buddy.

What's going on at school? What's happening?

I need you to tell me something.

Jesus, Noa!

I have a paper to do.


Seat belt.

Jesus! Oh. Sorry.

I didn't mean to... Scare me?

Yeah. I didn't... I'm sorry. Uh, I just...


I wanted to say, just before you left, if you, uh... if you need me to come by, make dinner, check on 'em, or check on you, or, you know...

If I'm not working, or even if I'm working, I could... Okay.

Oh, my God. Now they're flirting.

Stop it. You stop.

Stop being so weird. Look what you do with your freaking weirdness.

I can't deal with a mom relationship right now.

She doesn't have time to date.

Is this your way of worming your way back into my life?

Well, I take issue with "worm."


Okay. Thank you. All right.


Be good to your mom.

Seat belt.

Shouldn't we have a family meeting?

Take a vote?

Let's not rush into this.

Baby, we're not rushing into anything.

We're gonna interview each candidate really carefully. Okay?

I've outgrown the nanny era.

I can take care of Michael.

Haven't I done good, not counting today?

Yes. But then...

And I'm not blaming you...

I get a call from the school, who's called in Frank because they're concerned about a potential school shooting kind of situation.

I'm not blaming you, but I'm blaming you. I'm... No.


He screwed up. The system screwed up.

But somehow I'm not the one who's good enough?

No. I'm sorry. You're right.

But obviously something isn't working.

I'm thinking, you know, three nights a week, at the most.

And the person will be really focused on Michael.

'Cause he needs attention.

Baby, I know that you've been really looking out for your brother.

And I love that.

I really do.

But when was the last time you hung out with your friends?

Like Kyra.

And that cute boy, Matt.

I'm not friends with them anymore. What?

People change, I guess.

Baby, you're so dirty.

But you're cute.



What are you doing?


Stop being so weird. You're weirder than me.

At least I'm not the reason Mom's trying to hire a new nanny right now.

A new nanny? No. There will be no new nanny.

It's humiliating.

You owe me.

Mom said we all gotta agree.

You vote how I tell you. Okay?

Look, if I cough after an interview, like this... it means no way, thumbs down.

Vote "no" even if I vote "yes."

And if I rub my eyebrow, like this, it means say "yes" and I'll say "no."

We gotta mix it up so she doesn't know we're up to something.

What if there's someone really great?

In this town?

Remember who was there trying to break you out of there before Mom even got around to showing up?

Me! I know what I'm doing.

Now repeat after me.

The only good nanny is no nanny.

The only good nanny is no nanny.

What am I gonna do with you, kiddo?

All right, it's bedtime.

Come on. Careful.

I have games, if you guys like games. I love playing games.

I also love to bake, so if your children are...

I have a lot of experience as a substitute teacher.

I love helping kids with their homework.

Oh, of course, I can make a lunch.

Put some mayo on there, put some, uh, you know, ham and cheese.

It's one of my favorites.

I'm not a fan. You didn't like her?

I mean, she was okay, but... I thought you liked her.


Even if it's sort of last minute, that's definitely fine.

I'm more than happy to help your children with their homework. Absolutely.

And I would probably...

Okay, so she's a maybe.

Melanie? Not her.

Thank you so much. Have a good one. You too.

Nah, I don't think so.

I thought she was so great.

Yeah. What the heck? I loved her.

God, are my standards just too low?

We still have a couple more people.

I bet one of them will be the one.

Don't give up yet, Mom.

Maybe we should just make do.

Maybe Frank can bring us pizza Thursday night.

No. You said it.

We can't just give up.


Oh, guys, I have to go in to work.

Am I just a horrible mother?

I mean, I was gonna leave you with those people.

I thought they were all fine.

But maybe I'm just the worst.

No! What Michael means...

Noa made sure we said no to everybody. She made me!

She had signals!

Shut up.

Noa, is that true?

We don't need a nanny anyway.

It's a waste. Like, I'm literally saving this family money.

How could you do that, Noa?

Do you have any idea how badly I need help?


Noa, upstairs. Mom, a crasher?

She probably has a butcher knife! Upstairs now. Let's go.

Come on. You too, Michael.

But why? Up. Up.

She made me. Up, up, up.


Leonor from Spenser.

I'm sorry?

Leonor Cottingwood from the Spenser Domestic Agency.

I was sent in regards to the nanny position.

Did you walk here?

Has it already been filled, Ms. Montaner?

I'm sorry. I'm just... I'm a little confused.

I... You weren't on my list.

Did you reply to the ad or...

Ms. Montaner, the Spenser Agency is the most prestigious nanny placement service in the world.

They've placed the perfect nannies with the right families for centuries.

Should there be a situation in which they can be of help, you can be certain they will hear of it.

Come on in.

So it's... it's three nights a week.

The ideal is for our nannies to live with their chosen families.


It is the only way to truly reach the little ones.

It really would be ideal.


I just wish I had time to properly interview you.

But I have to run off to work.

But maybe you could leave your number?

Or I could start now and save you the bother.

I really have to run that kind of thing by the kids.

I have a feeling this may be just what is needed by them, and by you.


Yeah. Let's... We should...

Let's give it a shot.

But you have to meet the kids first.

I feel that we already have.

Mom, can I talk to you for a sec?

Um, I don't think we should hire this...

We are just giving her a tryout.

What is wrong with that?

There's something... What?

She just gives me a bad feeling. Okay?

Noa, I cannot handle double shifts and Michael's stuff.

I just can't.

So just please give her a chance.

Please. For me.

So, I should just be a few hours.

And if there's any problem, just call me.

There shall be no problems, I assure you.Okay.

Thank you so much.


Are you not going to eat, my dear?


I'm good.

Something is not quite right. Is it now?

Now... isn't that much more comfortable?

I guess so.

Eat. It's good.


It is good for you.


I... I-I just need some water.

Of course. Allow me to...

No. I can get it.

Children, now that you're in my care I think it time we set some ground rules.

Firstly, could I ask you both to be so good as not to leave your seats without first being excused?

Secondly, I shall ask you to kindly not stay up past your bedtime.

And third?

And what, my dear, makes you think there is a third?

I don't know.

Don't these things usually come in threes?

When is our bedtime?

Whenever I say it is, my dear.

What happens if we stay up past bedtime?

Do you really want to find out?

Off to bed now.

I-I heard noises.

It is your imagination playing tricks on you, my dear.

You children are far too full of fancy.

Need to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.

Off to bed now.

He locks his door at night. You won't be able to...

It would seem your brother is a remarkably light sleeper.

Cannot sleep either, my dear?

Is it the thunder?

Or are there other sounds that have been plaguing your ears?


We all hear things.

It's simply a question of whether one chooses to listen.

Something out here, perhaps?


They're just in my head.


They are quite real, my dear.

Would you like it if I were to tell you a bedtime story?

Once upon a time there was another world.

It was very, very far away, and yet right beside this one.

It was a world of magic and wonder, Anna. but also of war, villains, and horror. Hi! How are you?

It was not unlike this one in that way, and in other ways too.

In fact, they were those who found themselves living in the wrong world and didn't even know it.

Hi. Yeah, um, I was trying to reach Officer Frank Gomez.

Frank, you got a call for a disturbance over at the Montaner place.

Request that you go over there immediately. Yeah, okay. I copy that.

I got it!

Officer Frank, come in. Come in, come in.

Is everything okay, Noa? It's the new nanny.

She locked Michael in his room and she was on top of the roof, climbing around.

Anna got a nanny?

I mean, I could've just watched you guys.Listen.

She had some really weird stuff in her bag.

I mean, like, really strange.

You were going through her things?

Come on. You'll see.

This is our new nanny, Leonor.

Hi. Nice to meet you.


You'll have to excuse this mess, Officer.

Just whipping up a late-night snack.

This might not be to your taste.

But perhaps I could warm you up some leftovers from dinner?


Don't eat it.

A hardworking officer needs his strength.

Wow. It's really good.

You're up past your bedtime, my dear.

Oh, man.

Left my lights on again. Now, don't tell the sheriff. He hates it when I do that.

Honestly, though, that was the best food I think I've ever had in my life.

Thank you.

Well, you drive safely then.

All right. Okay. Yeah.

Please, no!

We should get a drink.

Yeah, I wish.

Come on. The new nanny's so great. Right?

It's not even late.

Come on. It is her first night.

No way. I cannot do that. Yeah, you can.


Maybe I can start to get some of my life back, you know?

That's the spirit.

Yeah, maybe I'll, like, start dating again.

Frank was kinda sniffing around, but, I don't know, he's such a teddy bear.

Sometimes in a cute way.

Sometimes in, like, a no-genitals way.

You must be giving out pheromones already, 'cause that kinda-scary, kinda-hot, intense guy keeps checking you out.

Just signal if he's weird.


Hi. I'm David.

Good morning, Ms. Montaner.

Good morning.


Of course, I cook all three meals every day, without fail.

But should I ever be detained, there will always be a meal tailored exactly to their individual needs.

What is that?

Some kind of kale or something?

Only the best for my dearies.

Nothing more nutritious.


Good luck getting them to eat that.

Fear not, my dear. I have my ways.

Well, it seems like you really have it all figured out.

Pretty soon you're not even gonna need me.

I find most children just need a gentle push to help them see the magic of the great outdoors.

Hey. Wait. Noa!

That lady you left us with is a monster.

Oh, is that so? Yeah.

Last night she lit candles and locked Michael and me in our rooms.

And she cooked some weird stew. Stop it.

You promised me that you would give her a chance.

Because we need her. Ineed her.

And so far it looks like she is the best thing that has ever happened to us.

I'm not crazy.

I think she has wings.Noa. Stop.

So we're gonna stick it out with her a little bit. Okay?


Hey, wait.


It is time for school.






Follow me.




Who are you?


We're not really going to school, are we?

And what on Earth makes you say that?

I know all the shortcuts to school. This ain't one of them.

Tell me, Michael.

What is it that you fear?

The woods.

Then it is best that you confront that fear, is it not?

Words are magic... very old and powerful magic.

They make the world real.

They bring things out of the darkness into the light of the fire where they can be understood.

But there are older words... words that most have forgotten.

And so there are things that remain unseen.

Agas taoibh trid.

Agas taoibh trid.

Agas taoibh trid an fialaigh gan eagla.

Agas taoibh trid an fialaigh gan eagla?

This is the only way, Michael.

The sacred shows itself in nature.

And this is where the worlds converge.

Where is your school if not here, Michael?

Kids call me a freak at school.

Then this is where you shall learn.

Learn what?

Water holds memories, and so does the earth.

You are much more than you know, Michael.


As I live and breathe.

Do you work here now, my dear?

What? Wait. What are you doing?

Emma Quinn. She was a student here.

So? They never found her?

Get out. Get out of my place.

Why do you need to know that?

I'm doing a story for the school newspaper.

The father said he saw strange things.

Said monsters stole his daughter.

Basically went mad.

Naturally, he became a suspect, and his wife, um, began to doubt him.

And, uh, you know, everyone involved just tore themselves apart.

But in the end, there was nothing.

Eventually, just faded away.

So this kid gets kidnapped, and nobody in this town knows anything about it?

Emma Quinn was the sweetest girl you ever knew.

And I combed the woods for months, looking for her. We all did.

Listen, you can't be talking about those kind of things here in our neck of the woods.

In our redneck part of the woods, you mean?


Well, it's not quite that simple, my dear.

Everything has its own rhythms.

Like, uh, right about now...

Earl's postal truck is gonna be coming down Oakland Avenue.

Yates High's, uh, fifth period bell's about to ring.

Oh, and Greg Stillson is going to be... Okay, okay, I don't even know who that is.

That's because you are such in a hurry to get out of this place that you've failed to... look around.

Like down at Odin's, the old townies are gathering, and soon they're going to be deep in the sauce and start talking about mad things.

That sounds really fascinating.

You never know what you might hear.

Burger and chocolate milk.

First time that's been ordered here, I think.

Need anything else, sweetie?

This looks great. Thank you.

You're too young. Don't even try.

The painting over there, do you know...

I don't know nothin' about it.

It's quite old, you see.

Before Mike's dad ever came over from the old country.

And he's been gone some years now.

It's just that tree thingy looks very familiar.

Just wondering if you knew who painted it.

Surely one of the greats.

I mean, why else would it be hanging in such a refined locale?

Your food's gettin' cold.

Well, thanks anyways.


Your shirt's wet.



Of the hidden world.

Elkrog is the worst of the worst.

Always stealing the kids for his army to fight the fairy king.

When the moon turns to blood... tonight.

I should've cut him off 17 drinks ago.

The fairy king...

Is make-believe.

The king and the queen keep the fairies in tow, wishing to stay, but then were forced to go.

And when the good folks tried to intervene and put on their best, they quickly found themselves very distressed.

For not all the fairies are good to the core.

The smart ones know to look for the back door.

Enough there, Mike.

Pay him no mind, sweetie.

The burger's on us, and don't come back till you're of drinking age.

And stop asking about such things.

Go, for your own good.

My own good?

Just be careful.

Use iron, or tell 'em their true name, if it comes to it.

Only way to kill a fairy.

Anyone here?

You scared me.


I'm a little hungry.

Don't you wanna come in?

My, my.

Aren't you a clever one.

Tell me your real name.

You are going through changes, my dear.

Nothing to be frightened of.

You might ask yourself what yourreal name is.

You look so familiar.

Are you sure we haven't met before?

I mean, it-it's possible.

I do a lot of work for the town.

So, tell me more about that nanny you just hired.

We literally interviewed...

I think there was a list of 24... Literally, 24 people.

Twenty-four? That's two dozen.

And, mmm, it was like, not... They didn't like anyone.

But they actually were kind of pulling my leg on that.

But I'm confused, because Leonor is amazing.

She's from the, uh, Spenser Domestic Agency?

Have you ever heard of that place?

Yeah, I have.

Do you have kids?

I'm sorry. I should have asked that a while ago.

I had a daughter, but... Oh, my God.

I'm so sorry. I'm such an idiot for asking like that.

How could you've known?

Happened a long time ago.

But you know what? It gave me purpose.

I wish it never happened, but, uh, it defined the life I live today.

I don't think I even know what you do.

Did you tell me? I'm... I'm sorry.

I'm really out of practice.

Short version, I, uh, help keep kids safe.

Long version, I'll have to tell you when I get to know you a little bit better.

Which I am looking forward to.


I had a really good time.

Me too.

I have to warn you though. Most of my nights are spent at the hospital.

I'll be patient.

Do you mind if I use your restroom?

I know it's a little early to have a strange man in your house, but, um... I know kids, and I promise to stay out of sight.

So just straight through the hall.

It's the second door on the right.

You okay?

Who are you?

My name is David.

I'm a friend of your mom's.

But don't tell her you saw me.

What happened?

And she's dating again?

My God.

Did that Spenser witch hurt you?

Yeah. How did you know that?

Can I see?

I'm not a freak, okay?

Our new nanny, she did this to me.

And she's not a witch. She's a...

A fairy. I know.

Yes. How did you...

That's not important.

What's important is you have to stay away from her. Okay?

Stay away.

Wait! Hey!

Wait, wait, wait, wait.

How did you know she's a...

A fairy?

Well, let's just say I know a fairy when I see one.

Check it out?

Here, I'll show you. Come here.

Took me years to complete.

But as far as I know, this is the only, uh, fairy-proof mobile containment unit.

Go on. Check it out.


Okay, but how are we gonna get her in here?

Well, that's the tough part.

But once she's in here, no fairy can escape.

Not Elkrog. Not her.

Not you.

Wait! No!


What are you doing? Let me out of here.



Why are you doing this?

It's too late for you, but Emma may still be in the liminal stage.

Stop it!

Sit down, or I'll zap you again.

I'm not a fairy.

Well, then how do you explain those?

I... I don't know. Leonor did it to me.

I'm gonna take care of her too. Don't worry about her. That's why you're here.

I'm not. Please.

I... I was trying to stop her.

I believe you. I really do.

But here's the thing.

I've traveled to Donegal and hunted leprechauns, yokaiin Japan.

And you, my dear, are a fairy.

Now, you're going through a period of transition.

And that witch... is gonna want you back.

Have you seen Noa?

She's not in her room, and... her phone is off.

Usually... call it intuition...

I can sense my little ones out there, but... I can't.

It is strange that I can't.

Who did you let into this house?

Get up.

Please, there has to be some way I can prove to you that I'm normal.

You don't have half an idea of what you are.

Get up.

Emma Quinn.


What'd you say?

Have you seen her? In your world? Emma? Have you seen her?

She's about the same age as she was.

Please, I... I just want my daughter back, okay?


Get up. Get up, get up.

Get up and get in that cage.

Put those shackles on.

Hurry up.

This is just so not like her. She's...

Mad as she gets, rebellious, whatever, this is... I... Something is not right.

Could she have gone to a friend's house?

Maybe her phone just died. That happens all the time.


Anna, I promise you, we will find her.

Just give me names, uh, hangout spots, um, ev-everything.

What about that girl she used to hang out with? Uh, Ariana.

Ariel. No, they're not even friends anymore.

I don't even know who her friends are now.

I know precisely where Noa is.

The man you allowed into the house, near my children, has taken her.

Did you just say, "my children"?

Such a shame, Anna.

You should not have trusted that man.

"That man"? What man?

You don't even know him.

I'm afraid, my dear, neither do you.

Who do you think you are?

Was this, like, a date man or, uh...

Frank. Sorry.

Leave it to me.

Only I know how to find her.

Only I know how to keep her safe.

She's my daughter.

No, Mommy. She isn't.

What did you just say?

Michael, get out of the car. There's a good boy.

No, no, no. You stay right there.

What has this woman been telling you?

I think, everybody, maybe we should just calm down.

Stay out of this, Frank. Okay.

Get out.

It's too dangerous for him, here with you.

Oh, and he's safer with you?

You're scaring him.

Hey, Anna, what's going on?

Hey, hang on, okay? Stay right there. I'm on my way.

No, we're coming to you.

Your services will no longer be required.

And you'll be the judge of that, will you?

I am their mother.

Are you quite sure of that now?



Noa, come out, sweetheart. I'm not gonna hurt ya.


He's a monster.


It's gonna be all right. We're gonna find her, okay?

The town's not that big. We'll turn it upside down.

Think of any friends that maybe she would have gone to.

Hideout spots or, uh, friends' houses.

Kids do this all the time.

Do they?

Um, I'll take him.

Okay. Thank you. Okay, we'll take my car.


She said something about a man?

Like, uh, you were seeing a man?

Are you seeing a man? What?

Frank, this is not the time to get jealous.

Oh, Anna, I'm not getting jealous.

We need to cover all of our bases here. You don't know this guy.

He was in the house. He could be some kind of creep or have a record.

I'm not gonna just let a creep into my house, around my kids.

Give me a little credit, okay?

What was his name?

His name is David Quinn.

David Quinn? You said David Quinn?


I... I know David Quinn.


Everybody knows David Quinn.

That's where we're going.

Sorry, Noa.

I'm afraid this concludes our little fairy tale.




It's time for us to be heading home, my daughter.


Oh, my God.

I'm gonna need additional units at 17728 Marana Drive.

Send a coroner.

What is this place?

What the hell is that?

This is Noa's hat.



Noa! Noa!


Oh, please.

Yeah? Doris?

You need to come back to the school right away.

Michael's been taken.

If you're my mother, why did I grow up here?

Many fairy children ended up in orphanages.

Elkrog had seized power.

He would have hunted you down and killed you.

Or worse, made you join him.

No. This is all crazy.

It's time for you to let go of everything you think you know.

Are you so stuck in the drudgery of this world that you cannot hear the whispers all around you?

You are not just my daughter.

You are the protector.

For there are dark forces afoot, and we must fight them.

What happened? It took Michael.

It? In the park.

In the woods, where Emma went missing.

North Stream Park. North Stream Park. Let's go.

I always got a strange feeling here.

Are you frightened?

Is my brother... Is...

Elkrog has not left yet.

I shall show you across, and then I will deal with him once and for all.

I shan't be long behind.

With your brother in my loving arms.

What's on the other side?

Your home.

Your true home.

I'll be able to come back here someday.


Where's my daughter?

Some fairies, like this little girl, I kill quickly.


But I'm gonna make you suffer... unless you tell me where Emma is.

Tell me.





I've missed you so much.

Join us... or join him.


Noa. Noa.Noa.

Wake up, baby. Wake up.

I need backup units and an ambulance right away. North Stream Park.

Wake up.


He is upon us.




Where did she go?

Always remember.

Remember. Remember.

Every day I see more of the hidden world.

Sometimes it's just a feeling.

I need to face the darkness to see the light.

More and more I understand who I am, where I come from, and what I'm capable of.

I know I'll go there someday when I'm ready.

But for now, I've got a family, here in this world, and I've got to keep 'em safe.

There she is. Hi!



What about dinner?

Never forget where you came from.

In the hidden world lurk dangers yet to come.

You must keep your eyes and your spirit open.

You must never forget who you truly are.