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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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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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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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Nanny McPhee - La nana mágica  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,603,834 (UK) (23 October 2005)

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$47,144,110 (USA)
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Trivia

It took 5 years for Emma Thompson and her partner Lindsay Doran to look for the source material. At that time of scouting, the books were already out of print. This explained the reason that it took nine years to make this movie. See more »

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When Evangeline shows Nanny McPhee the book she is learning to read, the book mark changes between shots as Nanny holds the book up. See more »

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Tora: [descussing the mishaps at the tea with their father] And the worms in the sandwiches.
Sebastian: That was my idea!... I mean, my fault.
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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 Family Guy: Take My Wife (2015) See more »

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Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played before the wedding ceremony
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Excellent family fun!
29 October 2005 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This definitely has to be one of the best films of the year and is something that can be enjoyed by the whole family, from the wee tot to grandparents. Based upon the 'Nurse Matilda' books by Christianna Brand, the film revolves around seven motherless children who have frightened off seventeen nannies much to their over-wrought father's dismay. The children are unruly and their father has his own stresses of desperately searching for a wife before his mean-spirited great aunt cuts off his allowance and everything is falling apart at the seams...until Nanny McPhee enters the house to sort things out. Think of 'Mary Poppins' if Roald Dahl had written the character and you have an idea of what happens next!

The best thing about this film is that while it will appeal to children, it doesn't dumb down or indulge in cavity-inducing sweetness that you tend to see in films produced by Hollywood. There is much humour and fun to be had but there is also a darker tone, what with children being threatened with the Work House and their father speaking to corpses!

The actors are all excellent. Colin Firth was perfect as this dithering man who may be meek but will do anything for his children and Emma Thompson is totally unrecognisable as the lead character of Nanny McPhee (she also deserves much recognition her skills in script-writing this film). But it's Angela Lansbury, as snooty Great Aunt Adelaide, who steals the show with the way she spends much of the film with such a sour face that could curdle the milk! The children also deserve much praise, especially when you consider most of them are not only very young but had never acted before. I certainly hope to see more of young Raphael Coleman, who played the middle son Eric, in future films as he totally threw himself into his character and was the most engaging of the children.

I'd highly recommend this to people who enjoyed 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (both old and new versions) and 'Matilda'. I doubt many will be disappointed with this film!


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