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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.


Susanna White


Emma Thompson, Christianna Brand (characters)
2,896 ( 198)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Isabel Green
Oscar Steer ... Vincent Green
Asa Butterfield ... Norman Green
Lil Woods ... Megsie Green
Eros Vlahos ... Cyril Gray
Rosie Taylor-Ritson ... Celia Gray
Daniel Mays ... Blenkinsop
Rhys Ifans ... Phil Green
Maggie Smith ... Mrs Docherty
Sinead Matthews ... Miss Topsey
Katy Brand ... Miss Turvey
Emma Thompson ... Nanny McPhee
Bill Bailey ... Farmer Macreadie
Ewan McGregor ... Mr. Green
Sam Kelly ... Mr. Docherty


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 is back! 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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UK | France | USA



Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nanny McPhee Returns See more »


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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS



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 »


At different times, the sidecar is on the left or right side of Nanny's motorcycle. See more »


Nanny McPhee: I hear you've been naughty.
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Crazy Credits

Funny animation during end credits (first part). See more »


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


The Best Things In Life Are Free
(Lew Brown, Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. DeSylva), Ray Henderson)
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Fair kids film then they drop a bomb on the whole thing
26 December 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's WWII Britain, and 2 spoiled rich kids (Rosie Taylor-Ritson, Eros Vlahos) are sent to their relatives in the countryside. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is haggard running a farm and a store while her husband is away for the war. Her 3 children (Oscar Steer, Asa Butterfield, Lil Woods) clash with their rich bratty cousins. Meanwhile, brother Phil (Rhys Ifans) is trying to steal the farm to repay a gambling debt. In desperation, she calls in help from Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson). The formula is already known. Nanny McPhee teaches everybody lessons. Once the lessons are learned, Nanny McPhee leaves. "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."

Maggie Gyllenhaal's accent and the cartoonish countryside are somewhat off-putting. All the poo and all the syrup makes it all seem very sticky and uncomfortable. It is nice to see the combative kids turn likable friends. However, I didn't like brother Phil's story. He's a bad unnecessary distraction from the main lessons to be learned, and doesn't work as comic relief. I think the missing father is the biggest story for those kids once they start getting along. There is no need for the brother and his scheming. Then they drop a giant bomb on the whole thing. I don't really get it. It doesn't fit a kid's movie.

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