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Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother, Mrs. Green, who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. With Mrs. Green's children waging a personal war with their two spoiled cousins, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach the kids five important new lessons.
Fantasy - Like the first film, this is an effects-heavy fantasy, Mary
Poppins-like fantasy film for the whole family. Fans of Emma
Thompson should be happy though other recognizable stars such as Ralph
Fiennes and especially Ewan McGregor appear only briefly. Kids are
definitely the target audience.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 52 moviegoers:
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Mrs. Green is at the end of her rope. Her three
children—Norman (ASA BUTTERFIELD), Megsie
(LIL WOODS) and Vincent (OSCAR STEER)—are
constantly fighting with each other. Her husband,
Rory (EWAN MCGREGOR), is away at war and
hasn't been heard from in months. Her brother-in-law
Phil is pressuring her to sell him Rory's half of the
family farm and her employer, Mrs. Docherty, is
beginning to behave very oddly indeed. On top of all
that, her posh niece and nephew, Celia (ROSIE
TAYLOR-RITSON) and Cyril Gray (EROS VLAHOS),
are being sent to the farm from London for an unlimited
stay, and the village warden, Mr. Docherty
(SAM KELLY), keeps warning her that bombs could
accidentally fall out of the sky at any moment. It's all
too much for Mrs. Green. She doesn't know it yet, but
the person she needs is Nanny McPhee.
Unfortunately, Mrs. Green's situation is even
worse than it appears. Phil has been telling her that he
has a buyer lined up who will give them a good price
for the farm, but in truth he owes a gambling debt to
the shadowy Mrs. Biggles. Mrs. Biggles has sent two
female thugs, Miss Topsey (SINEAD MATTHEWS)
and Miss Turvey (KATY BRAND), to threaten Phil
and force him to get the farm away from Mrs. Green
to pay off his IOU; if he succeeds, the Green family
will lose everything.
Cyril and Celia show up a day early while Mrs.
Green is away at work. The rich city children and
their country cousins hate each other on sight, and
their fighting quickly escalates to epic proportions.
Mrs. Green comes home to find absolute mayhem in
her house. She is trying in vain to stop the fighting
when she hears a knock at the door. She opens it to
reveal the unsettling figure of Nanny McPhee.