Disney Movie starring Colin Firth (Pride & Prejudice, What a Girl Wants, etc...), Emma Thompson (Sense & Sensibility, Much Ado About Nothing, etc...), and Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote, Mrs. Santa Claus, etc...)
Emma Thompson ... Nanny McPhee
Colin Firth ... Mr. Brown
Angela Lansbury ... Aunt Adelaide
Kelly Macdonald ... Evangeline
Thomas Sangster ... Simon
Eliza Bennett ... Tora
Jennifer Rae Daykin ... Lily
Raphaël Coleman ... Eric
Samuel Honywood ... Sebastian
Holly Gibbs ... Christianna
Hebe Barnes ... Baby Agatha
Zinnia Barnes ... Baby Agatha
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Quickly
Imelda Staunton ... Mrs. Blatherwick
Elizabeth Berrington ... Letitia
from Yahoo Movies-
A new nanny enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children, led by the oldest boy Simon, have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies and are certain that they will have no trouble with this one.
But as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behavior now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences. Her influence also extends to the family's deeper problems, including Mr. Brown's sudden and seemingly inexplicable attempts to find a new wife; an announcement by the domineering Aunt Adelaide that she intends to take one of the children away; and the sad and secret longings of their scullery maid, Evangeline.
As the children's behavior begins to change, Nanny McPhee's arresting face and frame appear to change as well, creating even more questions about this mysterious stranger whom the children and their father have come to love.
I didn't think I would be interested in this movie, at all... but once it started I was captivated - truly I was! It was so intringing - from the fantastic acting of those children in the movie - to the legendary performances of such grand actors like Emma Thompson who wrote the Screenplay, Colin Firth, and Angela Lansbury. They were all absolutely amazing!!! Especially though - Emma Thompson - whose role as the mole-y, long tooth, frazzled looking hair Nanny McPhee- is almost unrecognizable as her lovely self.
It does have a bit of magic - but if you are okay with films like Mary Poppins or say, The Wizard of Oz... then you'll be fine with this. There are no Spells or anything scary to that degree- which would not be acceptable to me.
Instead, it is delightfully fun and entertaining for wholesome family enjoyment!
A Few Cautions: In the intro the children are playing a trick on another Nanny and are pretending to eat their baby sister. It is really a Chicken or something and the baby is discovered safe and sound. Some children may not even get this joke... and simply think it is just meal-time.
Another thing - the father (Colin Firth) is an undertaker - so we do see him at work standing next to a "body".... though it is just man who is lying on a table still - I don't recall ever seeing Mr. Brown even touch him.
And... one more thing, towards the end of the movie - Mr Brown is about to be married to an interesting colorful woman - and she shows a bit too much cleavage. It's over the top really and completely unnecessary, but there it is... so please beware!
Rated PG by the MPAA for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language.
See or Skip:
See.... it's a truly fun, family film!!!