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Nanny McPhee (2005)

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

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Storyline

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

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nanny | father | kitchen | widower | magic | See All (60) »

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

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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

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27 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Dadilja MekFi  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,603,834 (UK) (21 October 2005)

Gross:

$47,124,400 (USA) (28 April 2006)
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Trivia

Emma Thompson said that it took her nine years to write this screenplay, while it took her only five years to write Sense and Sensibility (1995), for which she won an Oscar. See more »

Goofs

During the food fight scene, Aunt Adelaide gets a slice of cake fired at her face, leaving a thick layer of light green color. Then next scene, Aunt Adelaide is walking away, and the frosting is a dark green color. See more »

Quotes

Nanny McPhee: There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It's rather sad, really, but there it is.
[Nanny McPhee turns around to walk out of the room, but stops once she hears Simon]
Simon Brown: We will never want you!
Nanny McPhee: Then I will never go.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are animated, and include the children as cartoons, causing mayhem, and some of the credits change as Nanny McPhee bangs her cane. See more »

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Referenced in QI: Film (2009) See more »

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Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played before the wedding ceremony
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Don't let the trailers fool you
31 January 2006 | by (Eugene, OR) – See all my reviews

I almost missed this one because I was turned off by the commercials and previews, with their emphasis on the silliest parts (the dancing donkey, etc.). What a mistake that would have been -- I'd have missed one of the driest, archest, loveliest scripts in years. Emma Thompson can do more with a slightly quirked eyebrow and a quiet "Hm" than most actresses can with an entire Shakespearean soliloquy. The whole cast, children and adults alike, is pretty near perfect, some of the best of the British theater even in the tiniest roles (Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton et al). The kids are tough and tart, without a simper in the lot, unlike most US child stars.

Don't let the trailers keep you away -- this is well worth seeing, sort of what Lemony Snicket should have been but wasn't.


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