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Naughty children learn valuable life lessons in this lively family fantasy written by and starring Emma Thompson. Adapted from Christianna Brand's
books, it's the story of seven Victorian youngsters whose behaviour is so beastly that they've driven away 17 nannies. Their conduct worsens when they learn that their widowed father (Colin Firth) is planning to remarry; however, salvation is at hand in the form of stern and comically ugly Nanny McPhee (Thompson). Armed with a magic stick, mysterious McPhee is like an updated Mary Poppins, turning her charges' antics against them in a series of darkly amusing sequences. Though the over-tens might find the feature a tad twee, younger viewers will love its imaginative mayhem and mischievous dialogue. Stylistically, too, the movie is delightful, with an exaggerated fairy-tale look that complements the deliberately pantomimic performances. Ultimately, the conclusion may seem mawkish and predictable, but they're forgivable flaws in an otherwise well-pitched production.
A Victorian widower struggles to control his seven unruly children, who have already driven a series of childminders to distraction. But a strange-looking nanny with a few tricks up her sleeve soon gets the youngsters into line, leaving their weary father to concentrate on finding a new wife. Period fantasy adventure, starring Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald.
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video, DVD and Blu-ray
21 Oct 2005
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