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      27.05.2014 11:34
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      Romance, heartbreak, humour, mischief, warts, sheep, food fights and snow in August!

      7 unruly children, a widow, a secret blossoming romance, a money grabbing wife to be, a cruel great aunt, and a magical nanny. Take all these ingredients, add an amazing colourful palette of costumes and set, the talents of Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, a handful of sheep, a food fight and a snow storm in August. What you end up with is the unique and beautiful children''s film Nanny McPhee.

      Inspired by the Nurse Matilda books of the 1960s Emma Thompson has written a truly enchanting and often hilarious children''s classic that will I''m sure continue to entertain children of all ages for many years to come. Released in 2006 this film has been around for a while now. We didn''t get to see it in the cinema but purchased it soon after it was released on dvd. I felt an instant affinity to the idea of 7 unruly children, being a mother to 6 myself! Knowing very little else about the film I bought it on the spur of the moment to fill a rainy Saturday afternoon. Hoping for at least something that would calm my own unruly brood for a while. I was not disappointed. However my plans of getting on with housework whilst the children sat and watched this soon went out the window as I found myself as hooked as the children after the first 5 minutes. From the very beginning the convincing performances from both the children and adults combined with the gorgeous settings and wonderful costumes draws you in. There is the perfect mix of humour, tragedy, romance,mischief and of course the triumph of good over evil. Managing to hold the interests of all of our children aged 5 to 15 was definite bonus, and the fact that it offered something for the grownups too sealed it as a firm favourite in our house for many years to come.

      An unlikely love between the maid and the father that triumphs in the end, the children''s ability to change their behaviour and win back their father''s attention and the father''s own journey from the heartbreak at the death of his wife to the discovery of new love are just some of the beautiful themes that run through the film and definitely leave you with a that life affirming feel good factor that stays with you long after the final credits (which are cleverly done by the way) have ended.


      *Run Time* 94 minutes
      *Release date* 13th Feb 2006
      *Rating* U
      *Starring* Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly McDonald, Celia Imrie
      *directed by* Kirk Jones

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      a must see

      When Cedric Brown is left widowed he hires a nanny to take care of his seven children, unable to cope on his own. The children misbehave and drive each nanny to leave until Nanny McPhee is called to take over.

      The children try very hard to get rid of this nanny but find that she is a lot more determined than the others and seems to have powers over them.

      I think Emma Thomson plays Nanny McPhee brilliantly. I like the idea how the nanny becomes better looking as the children learn lessons as it is different than I have seen before. When she arrives the children don't expect her to be any good as like many people, they judge her by looks. I think this shows that we should treat people equally and not make assumptions and stereotype.

      When I first saw the DVD case I didn't like the look of the film as I thought the donkey dressed up and the little boy holding a spider made it look childish but although it is predominantly a childrens film, it is good for all the family. The things on the cover I judged it by happened to be the funniest parts of the film, particularly the donkey scene. You should never judge a book by its cover, this should include DVD cases too.

      I enjoyed watching the children get up to mischief but also enjoyed watching how Nanny McPhee was bringing the family together. It shows how much she cares about the children rather than the money from her job. I think the reason were misbehaving is because they missed spending time with there dad.

      My favourite part of the film is the end as I liked to see how Evangeline was accepted as more than just a Scullery Maid. This is unlikely to have happened in those days so it gave it a nice fairy tale ending.

      Overall this is a fantastic film to watch with the family. It is an enjoyable watch whatever your age.

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      A lovely sunday teatime film for all the family that you can watch over and over again

      This beautiful family film is a must buy for not only children but people of all ages .My children and myself went to the cinema to see this film and we all enjoyed it, even my two nearly teenage children.
      This funny clever story is about a middle aged man who lost his wife and he is now left with 7 little rascals {children} who love to cause havoc. The father of this unruly clan is called Mr brown {played by Colin Firth} I love him as a actor and never fails to be witty and funny and this film has got his name written all over it.
      The children are going through nannies like no tomorrow, the father is at his wits end and thats when Nanny McPhee magically turns up
      Nanny McPhee is what i would call a cross between Kathy Bates and Dame Edna {played by Emma Thompson} Her teeth are her best feature {bet she doesn't floss} she show's the children family values{nothing like mary popins apart from magic}and they soon realise that being little imps {to put it mildly}
      doesn't get them what they want in life.
      The children play very good parts and get up to all kinds of mischief the eldest son Simon is definately the leader of the pack but very loveable .
      Dont want to give too much away but as in all family movies there is nearly always a happy ending and this one doesn't let you down.
      Angela Lansbury plays a good part {it's not like murder she wrote} along with a trip to the dentist for nanny McPhee the great aunt needs a trip to the 0ptitions as you will see in the film.
      AN MGM CLASSIC

      Film Running time 1h 34 minutes
      Bonus features casting the children,village life,nanny Mcphee makeover,deleted scenes,gag reel,how the story came about,and 2 audio commentaries
      This film is real value for money at Amazon for £3.26 also at asda and argos
      Its classified as a U for all ages.

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        11.01.2011 13:54
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        A good family film

        Well, as I write this on Boxing Day, Christmas is technically over for another year. In reality though, Christmassiness will live on for another week or so, until the Christmas tree is taken down, the chocolate is finished and the Christmas television schedule coms to an end. One of the things that really marks this time of year is the abundance of films on the silver screen: at no other time of year can it be almost a guarantee that there will be at least one film showing each day that you will want to watch. So far over the last week I have watched Gremlins for the first time (and loved it), The Parent Trap (my how things have changed for Miss Lohan), and Miracle on 34th Street (the original one, not the one from the 1990s) which is probably the best Christmas film ever made, amongst others. On Christmas Eve my mam and I were quite excited to see Nanny McPhee starting on one particular channel, as although it is a children's film we had heard that it was excellent. I watched the first half an hour or so before having to go pick the boyfriend up from town (he does tend to ruin my plans, so) and was fairly gutted at having to piss the end of it. Fortunately, yet bizarrely since it had been on two days previously, the film was showing again today on Boxing Day, and I luckily managed to turn it on at roughly the same moment as I had had to stop watching it yesterday. Thus, by the magic that is Christmas TV timetabling, I managed to watch Nanny McPhee in its entirety.

        And wholly impressed by it I was too. Despite it being a children's film and thus fairly saccharinely sweet at times, this was balanced by good old British comedy and charm to make it a 'classic that the whole family can enjoy', to quote old Disney adverts. Emma Thompson was excellent as the magical yet rather unfortunate looking nanny whom Colin Firth's character hires once his children scare off the last one the agency will provide them with. Unfortunately, there's no catchy suffragette themed music to accompany Katie Nana's departure, as their mother has recently died, leaving Cedric Brown (Firth) as the sole guardian of their seven offspring. Despite working as an undertaker he barely makes enough to support the family, relying on an allowance from his late wife's aunt, who has threatened to cut him off unless he finds a new wife by the end of the month. Life is therefore not going too well for Mr Brown, so the new nanny's promise to tame his ne'er-do-well children (as IMDB describes them) comes at a good time. With the use of her magic umbrella, woops, I mean walking stick, she endeavours to teach the children some basic manners and good behaviour. Chim chim cheroo.

        First of all, the acting. Emma Thompson is, as always, superb in her role, bringing a subtle humour to a fairly bizarre character. Of course, as writer of the screenplay, she could mould the part to suit her, and did so well. Colin Firth was excellent as the father of the family, bringing his quiet charm that I love so much (he should be in every film ever, in my opinion) and the six child actors (plus the baby) were all decent enough and better than your average young actor. Celia Imrie was really good as Selma Quickly, despite her character being fairly one dimensional as the 'wicked' potential step-mother.

        Of course, this being a children's film, I cannot really criticise characters for lacking depth. The entire film had an almost cartoonlike surrealism, from the insanely bright colours in which everyone was clad and the garish green study to bright pink and blue cakes being thrown at people's faces and the title character's general appearance - monobrow, warts and all. The film does look excellent in these respects and it should visually appeal to its young target audience without looking too silly to adults.

        I do, however, have mixed feelings on some of the story and dialogue in Nanny McPhee. You may have picked up from my plot summary that this film has much in common with another children's film involving a mystical nanny who comes to the aid of a family with unruly children in 19th century England (no, not Jo Frost), and so I could criticise it for not being wholly original. While that is a point, I wouldn't really think that it mattered if the film were otherwise unflawed, but unfortunately it is. While Nanny McPhee's presence in the Brown household did certainly help the family, I didn't feel as though the children's warming to her seemed at all natural nor did their progression to being 'good' seem very likely or even anything to be particularly commended. Their solutions for two difficult situations with unpleasant consequences seemed to be more cop outs than signs of improvement or real sacrifice, in my opinion. Also, I found a lot of the children's dialogue to be a bit... poor, shall we say, although there were several moments which displayed excellent humour.

        This would probably be a film which I would have enjoyed more if I were a child or a parent rather than a twenty-one year old watching it as the youngest member of the audience in my house, as for a children's film it was of a fairly high quality. I imagine that if my bairns were fans of this film I would be happy to see it time and time again, while as an independent adult viewer I doubt I would enthusiastically sit down to re-watch it in the near future. It was a good film and Colin Firth and Emma Thompson were as enjoyable as ever, but on watching them both in Love Actually several hours later I found myself conscious of how much better a film the latter was and how much more I enjoyed their performances in it than in Nanny McPhee. These two films are, however, aimed at very different target audiences and so I cannot really judge them with the same criteria.

        In conclusion, however, I did enjoy Nanny McPhee and would say that it was a very good family film that I'm sure would be loved by children, greatly enjoyed by their parents and happily watched by other adults such as myself. A masterpiece, it was not, and it will not make its way into my list of favourite movies but it was certainly enjoyable, well acted and enjoyable and so I shall be heartily recommending to all who ask me about it. As it is customary if not compulsory on these review sites to rate this film out of five I shall be awarding it four stars, as it does not warrant a full five in my opinion but is certainly worth more than three as my parents and I did have a lovely time watching it.

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          breaks the mould

          I would never have predicted a movie like "Nanny Mcphee" to have been produced outside of a Disney construct given its striking theme-related resemblance to that of the unforgettable "Mary Poppins" albeit a musical film. Although, more precisely, "Nanny Mcphee" was written by actress and author Emma Thompson who wrote the screenplay based upon the 'Nurse Matilda' books from Christianna Brand's own collection.

          This 2005, enchanting modern adaption of a familiar-themed Nanny-tale by Thompson, is loaded to the brim with fantastical 'quirks' of character that takes you on a short but endearingly amusing lessons-of-correction journey both adults and children alike, will want to watch this film many times over if it was enjoyed the first time.

          What makes this fantasy film so outstandingly special?

          For any spell-binding fantasy to ladder-up to the successes of (other) award-winning supernatural genre films, so has the personal attitude and ambition of the director that is entirely responsible for its sure-fire delivery. One of the most striking facts about the director of this film (Kirk Jones), is his strong sense of ethical morality regarding the generalizations made in film-making that can often produce the effect of an 'empty cinema' if there is too much typecasting going on in supposedly subjective movies. In his own words, he plainly states that: "I think there is an ageist problem. We're living in a time when people are so obsessed with making profit that they're over-analyzing every area of filmmaking and what attracts people to the cinema, and they're coming up with too many generalizations" - In other words, any film made, should be done so on an honest premise when film and actors included, are often typecast, thus preventing creative flow in the process of film-making, or when money is the presiding factor.

          What Kirk Jones does to this movie, is make it accessible to all with trusted, yet nutritiously-rounded actors and actresses that are more than eager to be cast in roles that say, more 'top-shelf' celebrities would easily shy away. Interestingly, this is an all-British cast for reasons I am not entirely clear, but vividly distinguishes it from any supernatural-fantasy film that usually employ a mixture of backgrounds that can bring about conflict as to the 'rights' of say, a co-produced movie. This makes "Nanny Mcphee" a unique, home-based film that deservedly belongs as a 'crown' as a British-inspired creation based upon the books in which it was written, with a (complimentary) award-winning veteran cast.

          Victorian or Dickensian?

          In my view, another reason as to why "Nanny Mcphee" is so outstandingly spectacular, is that there is something hypnotically Dickensian about the overall setting; scenery and costumes that stray far from Charles Dickens film adaptions of his works that faithfully portray historical times and characters in a fairly static way. I've watched films such as "Great Expectations" and "Oliver Twist" every year that repeat during holiday seasons as vintage Black, Grey and White classics, that are highly fascinating viewing material, though limited by the fact that they are bleak and ironically result in eerie thrillers.

          Obviously, "Nanny Mcphee" is no Dickens-inspired film, though it most definitely captures the same Gothic-romance style of 18th century England, even though the story itself is set in Early Victorian/Edwardian england, complete with exaggerated flamboyance throughout. This then makes this joyous film, entirely captivating just on its creative-twisting of historic settings .

          Extraordinary-themed-Film:

          This may not be a musical as in the case of "Mary Poppins" or "The sound of music" though unequivocally, it is another unique take on nanny-hood with its own set of special characteristics that essentially makes it a born- identity in its own right.

          The director's approach is unambiguous for all the right reasons, though has an elusive quality that can leave the audience in a difficult position as to describe the overall feel of what the essence of the story is really all about, especially given that there are subtle special-effects applied in the making of this film (unlike most) if not all films in today's multi-technical approach towards filming styles. Therefore it is magical without it being evidently so.

          As Nanny Mcphee, Emma Thompson, in addition to emphasizing discipline; manners and accepting the consequences of wrong actions, ultimately she has five, significantly-important 'moral' lessons to teach -- each of which directly relate to her various unflattering physical attributes: tight 'bunned-hair', over-sized figure, pensive-expression; a few large hairy-moles, abundant hair between the eyebrows, so that they seem to converge to form one; a bulbous nose, and a snaggle-tooth protruding over her bottom lip, all of which give her the 'witch-factor' though not unkindly so when she is in fact supposed to be a governess with good-will fairy qualities. Theretofore she is in all true essence, a very attractive woman (hidden) beneath a a hideous deception the Brown family's task is to reveal her honest appearance whenever the lessons she teaches are genuinely learned.

          In the beginning, Mr. Brown (Cedric) and his raucous off-spring, are going through the motions of loss when suddenly they are faced with the additional threat of poverty and separation when funds of support from aunt Adelaide, now take on a conditional contract in which Cedric must find a replacement wife in the place of his recently dead one. As a loving and providing single-parent, his priorities are his children and their welfare, though is somewhat eluded by his own responsibilities and therefore, ineffectual in carrying out discipline. The fact that the children are wildly-misbehaving, is due to the fact that there has been much inconsistency of care in their short lives with a succession of misplaced nannies they have found impossible to feel any affection. This aspect of the film, demonstrates the 'fear of attachment' strikingly accurately within real-life broken and extended families. The film also explores the haunting reality of recent and current history, in which families in poverty in the Victorian era, had no option but to send their children to brutal work-houses or foster homes. Today, many struggling families with difficult children, casually place their children into the care of others, often benign to the later consequences.

          When Nanny Mcphee enters the equation,her initial presence arrives in the form of (narrative) whispering-voice that follows Mr. Brown until inquisitiveness beckons more than just a listening ear. He is startled when suddenly he is confronted with a physical manifestation of something exemplifying irony , though is too eager to provide his children with a carer, that he dismisses the immediate repulsion, he must clearly have felt underneath. As the film transpires and Nanny Mcphee transforms the children's negative behaviours, he becomes increasingly transfixed by her influence and commitment that yield as 'beautiful traits' Cedric is left disarmed by her sheer idiosyncrasy, though makes no attempt to quiz her for being somewhat peculiar. The reason for this, is that the character Colin Firth plays, is in no position to be proud, though is left feeling vulnerable in his fears of whether he can keep his family together and, in this state, would make anyone in the same situation, identify more with someone they would normally dismiss. Interestingly, this film is testimony to the real-life trauma and threat of repossession in which, even well-incomed families are increasingly found living as homeless people on the streets. The message here, is that you can easily stereotype someone and make assumptions about them if you live a safe lifestyle in luxury and ignorance.

          Main cast and roles:

          The actors/actresses that Kirk Jones had in mind for this film, were carefully selected based upon the actual personalities of the fictional characters in the screenplay itself. Each actor therefore is strongly identified with a specific character, role or trait that he or she can carry off with natural enthusiasm and ability.

          Emma Thompson is an Oscar winning actress whose naturally reserved nature for instance, suits her perfectly to the Nanny Mcphee role that is restrained and self-disciplined. Although it is not a well known fact that Emma has suffered from body-dysmporphia (intense dislike of body-image), she confronts this struggle confidently well by casting herself into adverse 'ugly' shoes that inevitably challenges her own self-perceptions and those of others.

          Angela Lansbury was cast for the role of Aunt Adelaide in particular because of her extraordinary vocal capacities and versatility as a mature actress. In real life, Angela is famed not just for her acting triumphs over a seventy-year career span, but for her shrewd and sharp personality that translated fantastically in her directness as flippant aunt Adelaide. Another veteran actor comes in the shape of handsome Colin Firth (AKA) Darcy who plays Mr. Brown, who is an extremely scanty, though highly intellectual man who often fits comedic roles due to his assumed 'stiffness' of character that no one can ever take seriously. As Mr. Brown, he is recently a widowed, pitiable father to a large brood of children, his natural coyness translates as some kind of conservativeness that his character delivers reliably well with elements of 'erring' innocence, witnessed notably in the "Bridget Jones Diary" and "Edge of Reason" creations.

          Kelly Macdonald is the least veteran of the cast, though whose career as an actress spans some 13 years to date. She plays the nurturing role of scullery maid Evangeline, who injects her character with a slightly 'off-cuff' eccentricity that momentarily is detected as the film unravels and in which she has learned to develop dimensional acting skills in her earlier film roles. She shares the same similar coyness as Colin Firth in real life and why Evangeline is intrinsically child-like without it compromising her natural reservedness. Imelda Staunton
          is perhaps the only actress in this film who is a truly gifted singer, though we are not privileged to see this is the film. However, as Mrs. Blatherwick, the red-faced, flame-haired house cook is spectacularly amusing and stern: (typical in some of her previous acting roles) though blasts her full enthusiasm after the arrival of Nanny Mcphee who is quick to soften her agitated angry defiance towards pleasantries in general. Lastly, in this (main cast) list, is no other than feisty and spirited Celia Imrie who had me rolling in stitches as desperate-woman Mrs. Quickly! - She dares to flaunt her sexuality in this role as she often has in previous film roles, though far less obviously. Her typical personality traits also extend to that of 'pantomime' dame whilst stage performing, so when she appeared as Mrs. Quickly in full over-kill exuberance at her failed wedding to Mr .Brown, she came into her own, perhaps for the first time ever!

          Nanny Mcphee's motto:

          What is meant by the labyrinth-maze riddle: "There is something you should understand about the way I work: When you need me, but do not want me, then I will stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go", significantly refers to helping anyone in a crisis situation that can distinguish the difference between 'need' and 'want' that produce completely unique consequences. It is a very useful tool that children can learn to
          use reasoning over emotions in situations that are painful.

          Conclusion:

          Overall, this is more than just entertaining fiction when it sets out to raise questions of morality that apply to life today in broken/extended families - also innocently jibes at the rich who use nannies in place of their own lack of parenting skills. Most importantly, its primary theme is to challenge perceptions in a short, sharp boost that make the film of high-quality material so takes away the 'feature-extended' excitement of special-effects that children and adults have grown accustomed.

          I love the film for these specific reasons, though going back to old-school viewing, can be quite unsettling when I am used to all the spectacular 'computer-generated-graphics' that are typical of modern filming styles. Also, there are sequels to the film, that instead of making it into one chunk of an epic, breaks it down, so that what is being taught can be learnt in a manageable way.

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            Great family film

            Plot:

            Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) is a widower who is struggling to control his seven children. His children have no discipline and have driven 17 nannies away with their bad behaviour. But one rainy night, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) mysteriously appears at Mr Brown's door. Nanny McPhee has a magical touch with children, but can she bring these seven terrors under control?

            Written by and starring Emma Thompson (based on the books of Christianna Brand) and directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned, Everybody's Fine).

            Review:

            Nanny McPhee is an entertaining film for all ages but is definitely aimed at the younger market. The graphics are mostly excellent, some of the computer effects were a little too obvious however and perhaps pointless (the medicine for example). The story is solid, the ending can be guessed almost straight away but I don't think that ruins the experience at all. The enjoyable nature of the film more than makes up for the sometimes fairly pedestrian storyline.

            The magic that Nanny McPhee uses to teach the children their five lessons is imaginative and will entertain kids of all ages. While I didn't find it laugh out loud funny, it is still enjoyable for adults to watch as well. I enjoyed the story but I didn't really understand why her distinguishable features kept disappearing, why did the children learning their lessons change her appearance? I have no idea. Also, why can Nanny McPhee practice magic? Maybe that's just the adult in me wanting some answers, I can't totally suspend belief like a young child can. I would have liked more explanation of where she came from, what she is etc.

            The character development is strong despite there being many characters to focus on in 97 minutes. Emma Thompson plays Nanny McPhee brilliantly, as you may expect given that she penned the screenplay. She acts mysterious and disconnected from the children yet not too distant so that the viewer doesn't care about her character. Thompson is almost unrecognisable as Nanny McPhee, the makeup really allows her to put across a totally different character to herself.

            Colin Firth plays Colin Firth, his usual role of a push over/pathetic man, not a huge fan of Colin Firth to be honest. His portrayal of Mr Brown does fit the film well but I personally don't enjoy watching him. Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote), Celia Imrie (St Trinians) and Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) provide strong supporting characters and make it an impressive cast list. The child actors are good, not too annoying; led by Thomas Sangster (Love Actually), they pull off the mischievous and heartfelt scenes very well. The whole cast come together to produce an interesting and entertaining movie.

            The humour is very much slapstick and thus will appear to younger kids more than adults but it is a must watch. Better than most family films out there today. The sequel, Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang, is out in cinemas now.

            Cast:

            Emma Thompson - Nanny McPhee
            Colin Firth - Mr. Cedric Brown
            Kelly Macdonald - Evangeline
            Angela Lansbury - Aunt Adelaide
            Celia Imrie - Mrs. Quickly
            Imelda Staunton - Mrs. Blatherwick
            Thomas Sangster - Simon Brown
            Eliza Bennett - Tora Brown
            Jennifer Rae Daykin - Lily Brown
            Raphaël Coleman - Eric Brown
            Samuel Honywood - Sebastian Brown
            Holly Gibbs - Christianna Brown
            Hebe and Zinnia Barnes - Baby Agatha Brown

            Runtime 97 mins

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              Will appeal to children of all ages

              Mr Brown is a widower with a very rich, extremely obnoxious overbearing aunt and seven very intelligent very naughty children. In the short space of time since his wife died the children have managed to rid themselves of seventeen qualified agency supplied nannies using a variety of tactics that require ingenuity, eating the baby being merely one example. There are simply no more nannies available and time is running out. Mr Brown has until the end of the month to persuade someone to marry him, anyone will do, if he fails then his aunt withdraws her very generous monthly allowance which enable Mr Brown to keep a roof over his children's heads and put food on the table whilst employing a nanny, cook and scullery maid. Without this the house and the children will all have to go.

              An unexpected knock on the door heralds the unexpected arrival of the very hideous Nanny McPhee. She enters the house, appraises the situation and introduces herself to the children who studiously ignore her. No matter Nanny McPhee is not the sort of woman you can ignore regardless of whether or not you want to. The children continue doing exactly what they want but at a considerably faster speed and cannot stop. It appears there is considerably more to Nanny McPhee than meets the eye.

              The tale is packed full of childish slapstick comedy, child hating pantomime dames and corpses. Even a whoopee cushion wouldn't have been out of place. My daughters laughed out loud on several dozen occasions, even my other half who normally hates this sort of thing tolerated it without complaint.

              There are elements common to Pygmalion thrown in to illustrate that class boundaries should not stop the course of true love but this was wasted upon my offspring. As far as they are concerned servants belong firmly in the realms of fairy tales and any story featuring magic was most defiantly a fairy tale. In places though it was too far fetched even for children tap dancing donkeys detracted from the story rather than adding to it and there was more than one occasion where embellishments took away more than they added.

              That said if Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is even half as good we'll all enjoy watching that too.

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                Perfect kids film

                When I wanted it, I couldn't get it! But when I forgot about wanting it, I got a copy of the glorious Nanny McPhee!


                ~~The Film~~

                Mr Brown, father of seven rebellious and naughty children and recently widowed, comes back from his work to find the children have again driven a nanny away, he is angry, where can he find a nanny that won't be driven away and tame his wild children? And in steps the magical, but hideous nanny McPhee, armed with her magic staff, warts and large tooth, she'll be there! As the children need her, but do not want her, she will stay. While Nanny McPhee get the family, including Mr Brown and the scullery Maid Evangeline, sorted, Aunt Adelaide stirs things up for the family's father, be married by the end of the month or she'll stop paying them family allowance. Can Nanny McPhee help solve all of the Brown Family's problems?

                The film is brilliant for young children and young adults alike! Admittedly, it has lost some of it's charm for me as I've got older, but it still makes me chuckle when the kids get up to their ticks. It also has some great plot twists, the plot is simple enough for kids to understand and enjoy, I'm pretty sure they'll love seeing all the naughty antics, especially the dancing horse!

                I also think the acting, from the children and adults alike, is brilliant, it's not as cheesy as most children's films, but it isn't too complex that it'll go over their heads. Colin Firth and Emma Thompson were great as Mr Brown and Nanny McPhee, but the children really did stand out with their personalities and smiles, (this is Thomas Sangster's second film with Emma Thompson and Colin Firth) probably Baby Aggy was my favourite!
                With lots of bright colours and special effects, the film is brilliant for anyone in the family.

                ~~The Cast~~

                Emma Thompson: Nanny McPhee
                Colin Firth: Cedric Brown
                Kelly McDonald: Evangeline
                Angela Langsbury: Great Aunt Adelaide
                Celia Imrie: Mrs Selma Quickly.
                Imelda Staunton: Mrs Blatherwick.
                Derek Jacobi: Mr Wheen.
                Patrick Barlow: Mr Jowls
                Thomas Sangster: Simon Brown
                Eliza Bennett: Tora Brown
                Jennifer Rae Daykin: Lily Brown
                Raphael Coleman: Eric Brown
                Samuel Honywood: Sebastian Brown
                Holly Gibbs: Chrissie Brown
                Hebe and Zinnia Barnes: Aggy Brown


                ~~The DVD~~

                Run Time: 1hour 34 Mins.
                Rating: Universal
                Special Features:
                . Casting The Children
                . Village Life
                . Nanny McPhee Makeover
                . Deleted Scenes.
                . Gag Reel.
                . How Nanny McPhee came to be!
                . 2 Audio Commentaries.

                ~~Price~~

                Nanny McPhee is currently selling on Amazon for £3.16, great value!


                ~Conclusion~

                This is great fun for all the family, and at a low price you can't go wrong. With the sequel, Nanny McPhee and the big bang, of the trilogy in the cinemas, watch the original and you'll be satisfied!

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                  28.03.2010 16:39
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                  Brilliant film

                  I am going to see the new Nanny McPhee film tomorrow so in preperation I thought I'd watch the old one! I really like this film and have seen it numerous times because I have found it to be such a huge hit with both children and adults. This is a film only review.

                  *Plot*
                  We are introduced to Mr Brown who has 7 children but sadly no wife, who died during childbirth when giving birth to their last child, Aggie who is still a baby. Therefore, in order to go out and earn a living Mr Brown needs a nanny. The beginning of the film shows us that Mr Brown has tried out a number of Nanny's but none of them can cope with the Brown children who are a handful to say the least. It gets to the point where the agency tells Mr Brown that they cannot supply him any more Nanny's because nobody will work for him. He thinks he is in a very sticky situation when he hears a voice telling him that he needs Nanny McPhee, he cannot find where the voice is coming from so he ignores it and carries on, that is until the doorbell rings... At the door is Nanny McPhee, an odd looking woman who has warts and a unibrow! Mr Brown begins to tell her that he hasn't asked for her to come but then remembers the situation he is in and invites her in.

                  To begin with the children think they can treat Nanny McPhee just like they have treated the other Nanny's. On her first evening they cause absolute havoc in the kitchen tying up the chef and making a mess. Nanny McPhee tells them to clean up and get to bed immediately. They ignore her, thinking its highly ammusing that she thought for one moment that it would be that easy. But then Nanny McPhee bangs her stick on the floor and something strange happens, the children begin to tidy up and get ready for bed, could the Brown children have turned over a new leaf?

                  *Opinion*
                  I love this film as it is so fun, both for adults and children. The plot and the 7 children make the film very fun throughout and the film is full of action and humour.

                  I really feel for the character of Mr Brown, having 7 children and no wife must be very hard-especially when your children are tiny tearaways! You can see that he is really struggling and doesnt know what to do anymore, therefore Nanny McPhee is a lifesaver. Due to her odd appearance you may not warm to her immediately, however due to her funny voice and wonderful personality I found it very simple to love her. The children are astounded by her looks but you can see that over time they really begin to love her despite her looks.

                  I think the acting in the film is on top form. Both the adults and the children are absolutely fantastic and they give you a true insight into how they lead their lives. I found myself getting really wrapped up in the film and actually beginning to think I was there myself. I think its fab for kids to watch although hopefully none of the Brown childrens behaviour traits will rub off on them!

                  The plot of the film flows really well and there is never a dull moment. The first time I watched the film I was pleasantly surprised at the ending as something happened which I was not expecting, this was really good as it meant you were uncovering new things right up until the end.

                  *Additional Information*
                  The film was released in 2005
                  It stars Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Kelly MacDonald
                  It runs for 94 minutes
                  The sequel (Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang) is currently showing in UK cinemas
                  A bumper edition DVD is available from Amazon for just £2.98

                  *Summary*
                  As you can probably tell from my review I absolutely adore this film and think that it is brilliant. Both adults and children will love this film and if you haven't already seen it I urge you to order the DVD as it is truly magical!

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                    19.02.2010 20:01
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                    Will this strange lady tame the unruly children and gain them some manners

                    Nanny McPhee is one of my children's favourite films and one that they will watch over and over again. Having just seen an advert for the sequel to this film coming to the cinemas my children jumped up in delight so no doubt we will have to go and see that as soon as we can and hope that it is just as good as the first. Apparently the new film is the second in a trilogy. Emma Thompson is the writer of these stories as well as the main character and I truly applaud her on this fantastic piece of writing.

                    The Plot
                    Widower and undertaker 41-year-old Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) and has seven very unruly kids. These range from ages 12 year old Simon to baby 1 year old Aggie. They have scared away nanny after nanny and even do there utmost to annoy and terrorize the cook. The only light side is they have the young scullery maid Evangeline (Kelly MacDonald).
                    Cedric attempts to hire another nanny from the agency that sent the others but they refuse him. Along comes a strange woman in the shape of the scary Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) and things will never be the same again.
                    Angela Lansbury is the Great Aunt who has to be a financial help to the family and her character Lady Adelaide Stitch is very over the top and causes a lot of controversy in the family over the children's welfare. She states a few demands and one of them is that Cedric needs to remarry within a month.

                    My opinion
                    As I have said this is one of my kids favourite films and to be honest I enjoy it too. It has a very magical theme to it and is almost an updated version of Mary Poppins. The character of Nanny McPhee is played brilliantly and at first I didn't even realise it was Emma Thompson, the makeup was fantastic. She has a monobrow, two large moles, buck teeth, scraggly hair, big witch-like nose and an unusual shape body. She mostly wears a hat and wears a black dress and carries her walking stick with her wherever she goes. Her character is quite magical and there may be things that you miss when you watch it for the first time, we sure did but know to look out for them now. She could have really gone over the top with this bizarre unusual character but she does it with style and decorum which stops this film being just another farce.
                    Colin Firth is one of those actors that I just do not see the attraction but saying that he is a good English actor. With this film being set in the 19th century this suits him perfectly. He plays a lost soul, being a widow and having to deal with his business as well as seven misbehaved children. You really feel that he is just lost and doesn't know how to get through it.
                    Angela Lansbury as the awful Great Aunt is brilliant in her snooty, sulky old lady persona leaving her 'Murder she wrote' days far behind her. The children are also fantastic, especially the older ones and they all work really well together.
                    The other supporting characters are cast brilliantly as well and make the whole film a great joy to watch by the whole family. There are only a few films that I would say that I enjoy watching as much as the children and this is one of them and we cannot wait to see Part 2 with Nanny McPhee taming another family of troublesome kids.

                    'There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It's rather sad, really, but there it is.
                    'We will never want you!'
                    'Then I will never go'

                    Overall I recommend seeing this magical story, it will never lose its appeal with my lot.

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                      15.02.2010 20:09
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                      Good family comedy

                      Nanny McPhee is a very funny family comedy that has a bit of the Mary Poppins about it however the humour and slapstick comedy makes it a fun film to watch with younger children as they will find it exceptionally funny, well at least my nine year old niece did.

                      Colin Firth is Mr Brown who works as an undertaker and has been left to try and raise his seven children after the untimely death of his wife. He has never really developed a relationship with the children and the loss of their mother has a big impact on them as well as him sufferring the loss of the woman he loved. When a mysterious woman arrives in the form of Nanny McPhee played by Emma Thompson it looks like his prayers have been answered as she sets about bringing to order a group of children who have gone wild in the abscence of a mother figure.

                      The make up department certainly went to town on Thompson as she has a wart covered face and a very stern demeanour. Angela Lansbury puts in an appearence as the domineering Aunt Adelaide and as she effectively bank rolls the family she is cast as the hate figure as she tries to force the childrens father to marry against his wishes, setting him a deadline of a month to achieve this feat or lose his allowance.

                      This is certainly a funny film that will appeal to children primarily as they will lovethe stunts that the children try and pull to get rid of the nannies hired to look after them and get rid of any potential replacement mothers.

                      At times the plot is a little weak however all the performances are strong and even the kids do pretty well in their roles with the appropriate amount of cuteness thrown in. Overall a good family film that I would definitely recommend.

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                      Great fairy-tale comedy

                      Nanny McPhee is a delightful children's comedy fairy tale that is not just fun for kids but for adults as well. I watched it again tonight and enjoyed it as much this time as the first time I watched it. I find it a light entertaining movie to sit back and look at. Emma Thompson is fantastic too. In my opinion it's like the modern updated version of Mary Poppins.

                      The story revolves around Mr. Brown played by Colin Firth. He has recently been widowed and is struggling financially to look after his seven young children following their mother's death. He is pretty lost without his wife and doesn't know how to make ends meet. He is also finding it equally hard to connect to his children how he used to. Mr Brown works at the local funeral parlour and is lonely and tired. Unfortunately his late wife's terrible Aunt Adelaide, played by Angela Lansbury, has told him that unless he remarries within a month she will cut off the financial assistance she has been providing to the family.

                      To make things even worse, he cannot keep a Nanny for love nor money. The kids miss their mother badly as well and have got out of control. He has gone through numerous Nannies that have all been driven out of the house one by one by the unruly children led by the oldest and angriest of this children, Simon. Now Mr. Brown is blacklisted from the nanny agency as so many have been driven out.

                      However, there is one more nanny that may be able to help. One stormy night Nanny McPhee, played by Emma Thompson turns up at the door. She looks like a witch and is disfugured with huge warts and large sticking out teeth. Despite her appearence things start to improve once she arrives in the house and helps the children. They gradually warm to her. As the family starts to get happier so Nanny McPhee's appearence begins to change as the warts start to disapper and she gets more beautiful by the day. This seems to portray the changes in the house.

                      Of course the road to ultimate happiness is not smooth and Mr. Brown finds out that it's going to be hard to find a woman to marry that he wants to. He may have to just settle for anyone which he nearly does. Nanny McPhee uses magic but uses it sparingly. She always says she will not interfere in 'affairs of the heart'. She will teach lessons though and help the children to help themselves.

                      Emma Thompson I found to be brilliant in this movie. She looks pretty scary at the start and we see her transform into the Emma Thompson we know and love. She adds alot of humour to the film. Colin Firth, equally brings a lot of laughs as he tries to prevent his kids playing practical jokes and causing mischief. He is portrayed as very vulnerable man who cares deeply but is struggling since his wife's death. He is doing all he can to make ends meet and look after his huge family.

                      I really enjoyed this film even if is was a bit silly at times and great fun for all the family, although very young children may be scared by Nanny McPhee's appearence at the start of the movie. Still, a very relaxing light-hearted funny film

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                        Beautiful, magical and very funny

                        Nanny McPhee is a simply wonderful, feel-good, family film. She is like a cross between Super Nanny Jo Frost and Mary Poppins (but, at first at least, much uglier and spookier!) When she arrives at the house of Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) and his seven gorgeous but utterly unruly children, you would be forgiven for thinking that she is a cruel and evil woman, sent by the Government or possibly the Devil, who will force the children into good behaviour by using threats and dark magic. She is, indeed, forced to begin that way, as the children have tied down and gagged Cook (Imelda Staunton) and are completely trashing her kitchen! Nanny McPhee (played by the genius Emma Thompson) bangs her magical stick on the ground, which compels Chrissie, the 5 year old girl, to lift Aggie, the little baby, onto a catapult and jump on it, which would plunge Aggie into the boiling stock pot. The only way to stop this happening is for Simon, the eldest boy and the instigator of most of the children's crimes, to say "please, Nanny Mcphee". He says it and the kitchen is miraculously restored to its former order, with Aggie safe and Cook with no recollection of what happened.

                        Nanny McPhee continues to use her magical strictness on the children and each time one of her five lessons is learned, something about her own facial appearance improves...

                        The loveliest love story threads through the film- between Mr. Brown and Evangeline, his pretty scullery maid. (Kelly Mcdonald) Their romance is nearly sabotaged by Mr. Brown's reluctant wedding to the greedy, gaudy and vulgar Mrs. Selma Quickly (Celia Imrie). However, with Nanny McPhee's cryptic advice, the children save their Father from this dreadful woman and help him admit his real love for Evangeline.

                        I had a smile on my face throughout the whole of this film. I also shouted at the TV a lot: "No, don't marry her, NOOO!!" I loved its magical feel and Nanny McPhee's fantastic little grunts as she notices something that needs to be dealt with. I adored all of the children and felt such compassion for poor Mr. Brown, who is totally out of his depth! As a parent, I could relate to the "cruel to be kind" moral of the story and how everyone becomes happier when children behave better!!

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                          fantastic

                          This is a really great family film. Basically it is about Mr Brown (Colin Firth) and his crazy 7 kids. He is a buissness man, who's wife died, so he has to get a nanny in to look after the kids. But he has already been through 17 nannies, who could not cope with the kids, he said if he could not find another one he would have to send them all to a foster home. Yet still the kids decide to misbehave.

                          However, luckly for him he found out about 'Nannny Mcphee'. At first she looks really horrible and you would think she would be nasty to the kids. But she has the childrens best interests in mind using her magical powers. From that point onwards it is about what the kids get up to with this new nanny.

                          Suprisenly the film is quite funny and fascinating to watch and I highly reccommend it as it is a great film for the whole family - although your kids might start getting ideas after watching it.

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                          22.02.2009 15:25
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                          fun fun fun!!

                          I have quite a large collection of dvds at home but this is the first one my daughter chooses each and every time, which she has done again today so I am in for another fun sunday afternoon!!

                          Nanny Mcphee is a modern day Mary Poppins with a slight twist.

                          The film starts off with Mr Cedric brown (Colin Firth) telling you about the story that is to come with the picture showing a pink chair, which his late wife used to sit in.

                          Mr Brown has seven children who are very naughty to say the least and have already just seen off the 17th nanny and when he goes to try and get another nanny to work for him the door is closed on his face as no one will take the job on. When Mr Brown goes to leave the letter box opens and a voice booms out "the person you need is Nanny Mcphee" but is then told she is not on their books.

                          That night the children go wild at home and tie the cook to the kitchen table as they get up to no good, the whole household is in turmoil as a black figure appears at the door which turns out to be Nanny Mcphee (Emma Thompson)she has a long black dress on and holds a crooked walking stick which in time proves to be magic, her face is quite ugly as she has one large tooth, hairy warts and a large bulging nose. She sorts trhe children out and later tells them "while you need me and do not want me I shall stay, but when you want me but no longer need me I shall go"

                          As the story goes on the children grow to like her and are taught to say please and thankyou and come to realise the consequences of their actions. Each time the children learn another lesson Nanny Mcphee grows more beautifull. There are five lessons in all that they must learn.

                          Mr brown is then told he has to re marry in order to get a monthly income from his great aunt Adelaide (Angela Landsbury) and only has a few weeks to do so or his children would go into care. In the mean time Aunt Adelaide wants to take one of his children with her so as to give them a proper education, but as she is as blind as a bat she ends up taking Evangeline who is Mr Browns maid who also happens to have feelings for him, and vise versa.

                          In his search for a bride he finds Selma Quickly who is a gold digger who does not really care for his children, but he is left with no choice.

                          The story has a lovely fairy tale ending, I wont go too much into it as it may spoil it for some people who have not seen it yet, but it is well worth watching and always brings me to tears as it is lovely.

                          This is a fantastic family film with a very well known cast, with some great magical fun with memorable moments, and shows what families are really all about. It will have you laughing and crying( or maybe thats just me!!)all the way through. When my daughter first saw the film she thought Nanny Mcphee was a nasty lady until she got half way through, I think this is because she is dressed in black and comes accross very stern and uncaring and her facial features do not help the matter, but she soon shows her different side as the film goes on.

                          Emma Thompson portrays Nanny Mcphee fabulously with strictness and compassion to boot, and you will see Imelda Staunton give a brilliant performance as the cook.

                          There is a really funny clip with a dancing donkey which has my daughter in fits of laughter. This is the sort of movie you can watch over and over again and not tire of.

                          Allround a great film and definatly worth seeing.

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                          With hairy warts, a stern-looking unibrow and one extremely protruding buck-tooth, Nanny McPhee is a wonderfully comedic substitute for Mary Poppins in this entertaining family fantasy. By loosely adapting Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda children's books of the 1960s, Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) has also given herself the plum role of Nanny McPhee, who can tame even the most unruly children with a tap of her magic walking stick. Her latest challenge is the bratty brood of a recent widower Mr. Brown (Colin Firth), who's under pressure to find a new wife or lose his much-needed allowance from wealthy Aunt Adelaide (a tailor-made role for Angela Lansbury). His love for scullery maid Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald) remains unspoken as he wincingly woos the eagerly merry widow Mrs. Quickly (Celia Imrie), but Brown's raucous rugrats have a plan to make things right, especially after they've come under the benevolent influence of Nanny McPhee, whose peculiar brand of discipline works wonders for everyone involved. Both quintessentially British and universally appealing, this wildly colourful comedy (thanks to a bold palette of costume and production design) was capably directed by Kirk Jones, whose appreciation for comic actors was equally apparent in his critically acclaimed 1998 comedy Waking Ned. With just a hint of darkness to offset the whimsy, Nanny McPhee offers a splendid match of director, cast and material, guaranteed to please Wallace & Gromit fans and anyone else with a taste for British zaniness.-- Jeff Shannon