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Nanny McPhee

Released

Latest Home Video

Aug 17, 2010

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

97

Director

Kirk Jones

Cast

Emma Thompson

Colin Firth

Studio

2006 Universal Studios

Still shot from the movie: Nanny McPhee.

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Overall B+
ViolenceB-
SexB
LanguageB+
Drugs/AlcoholA+
Run Time97

Making the Grades

To say the Brown children misbehave is an understatement of magnificent proportions. These seven motherless children are down right naughty.

Sneaking down to the kitchen, they whack the cook (Imelda Staunton) over the head with a frying pan before tying her up and ransacking the kitchen. They drive their seventeenth nanny screaming from the house after pretending to eat the baby, and one brother routinely decapitates dolls and teddy bears with his guillotine.

The situation is so bad the local employment agency refuses to answer Mr. Brown's (Colin Firth) inquiries for more help.

Fortunately, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) doesn't work for the agency. Arriving unbidden on the family's doorstep, the bulbous-nosed woman with the warty chin and black attire immediately takes measures to restore peace.

Given the challenge of a new victim, Simon (Thomas Sangster) and his siblings assume they can run off this hired help as easily as the others. They introduce themselves with bogus names (body parts and bathroom terminology), intending to rattle her. But Nanny McPhee, unruffled by their rude humor, insists on proper manners and uses her magical touch to enforce them. With firm but tender composure, she ensures the rowdy offspring experience the consequences of their choices

Knowing she can only stay as long as she is needed, Nanny McPhee promptly goes about establishing calm in the chaotic household by helping the children deal with the loss of their mother and their father's lack of attention. When their stuffy and bossy Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury) arrives for tea, she also helps the brood use their heads to solve a familial dilemma.

However, even she can't interfere with matters of the heart. So when Mr. Brown--a mortician who talks to his deceased clients--presents Mrs. Quickly (Celia Imrie) as a possible stepmother, the children are left to their own devices to scare her off. Unfortunately, in an attempt to shield the bawdy widow from his children's nasty pranks, the father's actions are misconstrued as overt sexual advances.

In addition to playing the robust nursemaid, Emma Thompson penned the screenplay based on the Nurse Matilda series. Over and above the rambunctious progeny, her characters include two comical funeral assistants and Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald), a self-conscious scullery maid. While the outcome is predictable, the colorful sets and inevitable food fight will likely entertain older children.

Whether or not Nanny McPhee sparks another reading frenzy like Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia, her insistence on civility and her corresponding kindness demonstrates it's not necessarily bad to carry a big stick as long as you have an equally big heart.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Nanny McPhee.

What deadline is Mr. Brown facing? How does that impact the way he interacts with his children? What changes when he lets his children in on his problem?

How does Nanny McPhee physically change during the movie? Can our perception of others’ beauty be affected by our feelings for them?

What sacrifices does Evangeline make for the family? What good things result from her decision?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
G
AB G
MB G
ON G
QC G
NB
NS
NL
PE
G

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Details on home video releases of Nanny McPhee...

DVD Release Date: 12 May 2006

The caregiver who carries a big stick comes to DVD with more bonus features than Nanny McPhee has warts! They include audio commentaries with Director Kirk Jones and Children as well as Actor Emma Thompson and Producer Lindsay Doran, information about casting the children and village life, a Nanny McPhee makeover, deleted scenes, a gag reel, and a lesson on How Nanny McPhee Came to Be. Audio Tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English, Spanish, French.

Blu-ray Notes: Nanny McPhee

Blu-ray Release Date: 17 August 2010

Nanny McPhee releases on Blu-ray with the following bonus extras:

- Feature commentary

- How Nanny McPhee Came to Be

- Casting the Children

- Village Life

- Nanny McPhee Makeover

- Deleted Scenes

- Gag Reel

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