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Running Time:
1 hour, 39 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A charming and delightfully odd tale full of amusing situations and an appealingly whimsical atmosphere. An ideal choice for the whole family.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Gag reel; Seven deleted scenes including an alternate opening; Village Life: The behind-the-scenes mysteries of creating the fantastic sets are revealed; Nanny McPhee Makeover: See Emma Thompson's magical transformation into the homely Nanny McPhee, snaggletooth and all.

Nanny McPhee
In this dark and witty fable, Emma Thompson ("Sense and Sensibility ") portrays a person of unsettling appearance and magical powers who enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth "Girl with a Pearl Earring ") and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children, led by the oldest boy Simon (Thomas Sangster "Love Actually"), 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 (Angela Lansbury TV's "Murder, She Wrote") that she intends to take one of the children away; and the sad and secret longings of their scullery maid, Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald who played Peter Pan in "Finding Neverland"). As the children's behavior begins to change, Nanny McPhee's strange looking face and body appear to change as well, creating even more questions about this mysterious stranger whom the children and their father have come to love.

Also in the cast are Imelda Stauton ("Vera Drake") as the goodhearted cook, and Derek Jacobi ("Gosford Park") as an assistant to Mr. Brown in the funeral parlor where they both are employed. What could have been just an average kids' movie turns out to be both sweet and delightfully amusing. Directed with wit and humor by Kirk Jones (writer/director of Waking Ned Devine), this is a truly joyful and entertaining film.

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