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Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (original title)
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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.



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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.

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Plot Keywords:

nanny | magic | farm | f rated | flying pig | See All (26) »


The magic's back, warts and all. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nanny McPhee Returns  »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,586,760 (United Kingdom), 28 March 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,407,685, 22 August 2010, Wide Release

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, it appeared Emma Thompson would not be able to play Professor Trelawney again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), due to her duties as writer and producer of Nanny McPhee Returns (2010). However, filming wrapped on this film prior to the end of shooting on Harry Potter, and shortly before the latter film wrapped, she was able to return to film her scenes, along with cast mates, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith, and her own sister, Sophie Thompson. See more »


When the two boys are being escorted through the War Office, a WAAF plotter can be seen in the foreground. The rank on the arm is that of a Lance Corporal - a rank that didn't exist in that Service. See more »


Nanny McPhee: These children need me.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits finish, the baby elephant enjoys the Scratchomatic. See more »


Featured in Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) See more »


Pick Yourself Up
(Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
Performed by Harry Roy and His Band
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Nanny McPhee Is Back To The Rescue
7 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Emma Thompson takes us back to the colourful world of Nanny McPhee. This time Nanny McPhee has a mission with a new family. I loved the first movie. Not only was it a refreshing tribute to classics like Mary Poppins, but it had heart and magic and its world looked surreal, a splendid movie for the entire family.

Here too the world is just as colourful and surreal and looks like a fun place. Yes, even Isabel's muddy farm looks like an enjoyable place to live at. The creativity in writing and art direction amuses me, for example, watching those piglets lying in the scratch machine was cute and hilarious. The new animal characters, especially the baby elephant, are a delight. The lighting and slightly yellowish tint gives 'Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang' a very sunny look. The humour works very well as it had me laughing out loud on various occasions.

However, unlike in the first movie, the story here felt rushed and there were some inconsistencies. The bomb sequence, as entertaining as it was, wasn't necessary and it only distracted from the main story. The child actors here are competent but their counterparts in the first film performed better. While the special effects here are very good they didn't appear as authentic.

Emma Thompson reprises the title role and she does a fine job. She mostly takes the backseat while letting the other actors perform. Maggie Gyllenhaal shows a knack for comedy and her English accent sounds authentic. Maggie Smith is a riot. Rhys Ifans does well as the greedy uncle.

'Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang' may not measure up to 'Nanny McPhee' but it's still a lot of fun and a good watch for the family. I was smiling after it finished (watch it through the closing credits as there's a very cute surprise).

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