The Ultimate Other Woman

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE Directed by Curtis Hanson

Screenplay by Amanda Silver

What profit political correctness if you've got a nut case for a nanny? That, in essence, is the issue confronting Claire and Michael Bartel (Annabella Sciorra and Matt McCoy), exemplary citizens of that citadel of the new civic punctiliousness, Seattle.

As we meet them, the Bartels (who are just a little bit too goopishly written and played) have one pluperfect daughter and are expecting what turns out to be an ideal little brother for her. Michael is a scientist doing what we understand to be socially useful...

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