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The seven Brown children’s mother died only a year ago, but Mr. Brown’s imperious Aunt Adelaide, who supplements his inadequate wages, has threatened to cut off her allowance to the family unless he remarries within a month. Debtor’s prison awaits him if he doesn’t comply, and the fate of the children would be unimaginable. He is told that he needs Nanny McPhee but he doesn't know how to contact her.
PROFANITY: One miscellaneous profanity. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Hits and falls played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: A big food fight. COMEDY: Slapstick, cute kid humor, animal humor, gross out gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Nanny McPhee is an excellent movie… if you're a seven-year old girl. That's less a negative evaluation than it is a statement of fact. This isn't a 'family film;' it's a 'children's film.'
Roger EbertFull Review Good Will kids like the movie? I suspect they will. Kids like to see other kids learning the rules even if they don't much want to learn them themselves.
USA TodayFull Review Good The film's look, fashioned by production designer Michael Howells, is noteworthy for its vibrant colors and fantastical feel. With a timeless, occasionally Gothic influence, Nanny McPhee feels a bit like Lemony Snicket meets Mary Poppins.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 211 moviegoers: WOW! These are outstanding opinions from both moviegoers and critics. That's extremely rare. Females loved this movie but what was really a surprise is that males, including adults, rated "Nanny McPhee" so incredibly high. THIS IS A FANTASTIC FAMILY FILM THAT'S NOT TO BE MISSED!
Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), a person of unsettling appearance and magical
powers enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) and
attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children had
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
Here 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 (Angela Lansbury) that she intends
to take one of the children away; and the sad and secret longings of their
scullery maid, Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald). 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.