Down 1,127 this week

Nanny McPhee (2005)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  27 January 2006 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 45,812 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 180 user | 127 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

Emma Thompson stars as a governess who uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.



(screenplay), ("Nurse Matilda" books)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.

Director: Susanna White
Stars: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows that come that time, he will end up on the dinner table. He hatches a plan with Charlotte, a spider that lives in his pen, to ensure that this will never happen.

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243 year-old eccentric who owns the store, bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium.

Director: Zach Helm
Stars: Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Bateman
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, David Strathairn
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a massive fire kills their parents, three children are delivered to the custody of cousin and stage actor Count Olaf, who is secretly plotting to steal their parents' vast fortune.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jude Law, Meryl Streep
Nim's Island (2008)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.

Directors: Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin
Stars: Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Abigail Breslin
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

With his wife doing a book tour, a father of twelve must handle a new job and his unstable brood.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Steve Martin, Bonnie Hunt, Hilary Duff
Comedy | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 16th year.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo
Stuart Little (1999)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him.

Director: Rob Minkoff
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie
Peter Pan (2003)
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Darling family children receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Never Land where an ongoing war with the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Director: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Jeremy Sumpter, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams
Enchanted (2007)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A princess, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York by an evil queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Director: Kevin Lima
Stars: Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden
Inkheart (2008)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett


Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon (as Thomas Sangster)
Jennifer Rae Daykin ...
Holly Gibbs ...
Hebe Barnes ...
Zinnia Barnes ...


Mr. Cedric Brown has just lost his wife and is now left with his seven children who misbehave so much that all the nannies have run away. Now he is told by a mysterious voice that he should get Nanny McPhee who is a magical woman with special powers. Written by Daniel Cudley

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


You'll Learn To Love Her. Warts And All. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:


| |


Release Date:

27 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dadilja MekFi  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,603,834 (UK) (21 October 2005)


$441,522 (South Africa) (5 May 2006)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Emma Thompson and Kelly Macdonald played mother and daughter in Brave (2012). Thompson as the voice of Queen Elinor, and Macdonald as Princess Merida. See more »


After Evangeline has left with Aunt Adelaide, Nanny McPhee enters the children's room, and as she and Chrissie walk to the bed they pass Eric's, Lily's and Tora's beds, with the bare wood floor at the center - there is no rug. However, when Nanny McPhee leaves their room the long red and white rug is at the center of the floor, between all the beds. See more »


Nanny McPhee: Not at all.
See more »

Crazy Credits

"This film is dedicated only to the truly naughty - and their children." See more »


Referenced in Gilmore Girls: I'm OK, You're OK (2006) See more »


Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played before the wedding ceremony
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Truly Moving Picture
21 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was specially shown on January 17, 2006 in Indianapolis. I am one of the judges for the Heartland Film Festival that screens films for their Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly Moving Picture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that award to this film.

There are seven rather naughty children who have creatively and gleefully drove away seventeen nannies who tried to tame them. But they have met their match with the hideous looking Nanny McPhee played by Emma Thompson. Thompson wrote the screenplay and with great make-up plays Nanny McPhee. Thompson is a consummate artist and is the only person ever to have won an Oscar for writing ("Sense and Sensibility") and also to have won an Oscar for acting ("Howard's End). Thompson brings class to this Victorian-era, dark, fractured fairy tale.

This is a laugh out loud farce. And young people and old can share in the humor. While the film is designed for kids, the adult accompanying the child will enjoy it almost as much.

There are positive messages, for parent and child, throughout the film. The seven children are taught to listen and to be courteous and to be responsible and to think through things for themselves, and you watch their behavior evolve. In the beginning, goodness looks ugly to the children. But as they learn what goodness truly is, it takes on a beautiful appearance.

FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is a listing of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now either at the theater or available on video.

78 of 118 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a crock of *beep* popthepopsicle
Who thinks colin Firth looks hot! Louisekelly86
Wrong? import_chic4
Moved, Touched and Inspired MikeB941
Who does the father end up with? angiehooks042381
Snow...? Blondfashionisto
Discuss Nanny McPhee (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: