NANNY MCPHEE (Theatrical Release BRITAIN 2005)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.1|5.0 Starsììì

Nanny McPhee—no Mary Poppins, by any means—has so much more to offer, should be a complete homerun, and somehow only makes it to third base. The film lacks that magical feel, strength of story line, and overall likableness necessary to make a true classic. While the movie was well received in box office and definitely establishes itself as a ‘more than good’ family film, notable challenges include repetitive appearances of Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) in Mr. Brown’s (Colin Firth) study and other places around the house while telling him, “I did knock,” which seems to be meant to impart information to the audience that this nanny is not quite like other nannies. It may have been more effective to have incorporated more ‘magicalness’ by showing the audience multiple ways in which this nanny is different.

Storyline

After the Brown children dispose of multiple nannies, a government nanny, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), takes the position and soon shows surprising skill at keeping nanny positions.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Kirk Jones for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Liza Chasin and Debra Hayward for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), Mr. Brown (Colin Firth), Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald), Simon (Thomas Brodie Sangster), Tora (Eliza Bennett), Lily (Jennifer Rae Daykin), Eric (Raphael Coleman), Sebastin (Samuel Honywood), and Christianna (Holly Gibbs).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This is a good family share film.

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