Nanny McPhee Returns

Nanny McPhee Returns

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Director: Susanna White

Cast: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal


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A struggling mother receives some much-needed assistance tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while her military husband is fighting overseas in this sequel to the whimsical 2005 fantasy comedy Nanny McPhee. Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) lives in a scenic valley with her two sons and one…  See more details below


A struggling mother receives some much-needed assistance tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while her military husband is fighting overseas in this sequel to the whimsical 2005 fantasy comedy Nanny McPhee. Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) lives in a scenic valley with her two sons and one daughter. They each understand the importance of working together as a family, and things are going remarkably smoothly for the rural quartet until a pair of spoiled cousins arrives for an extended stay, effectively turning the quaint little farm into a virtual zoo. As the situation quickly gets out of hand, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) suddenly appears on Isabel's doorstep claiming that she can bring a much-needed sense of order to the out-of-control household. In time the mysterious helper does just that, using powerful magic to teach her young charges the importance of getting along, and gradually winning their trust in the process. But when the piglets escape from their sty, the contentious kids must work together to recover the family farm's most valued assets, or risk losing everything their father worked so hard to build before he went off to fight in the war. Rhys Ifans and Maggie Smith co-star.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Mary Poppins? In the Brown household, it's more like Hellzapoppin as charmingly flustered widower Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) struggles to control his seven "extremely ill behaved" children. They do not go to bed when they're told. They do not get up when they're told. They do not get dressed when they're told. They say neither "please" nor "thank you." Seventeen nannies have come and gone. But No. 18 -- Nanny McPhee -- is not so easily cowed. Emma Thompson -- who earned an Oscar for adapting Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1995) -- again performs double duty here as star and screenwriter, adapting Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda books with wit and care into a richly satisfying family film. As Nanny McPhee, Thompson makes an unsettling first impression, masking her beauty behind warts, a bulbous nose, a protruding snaggletooth, and a dour mono-brow. She also has a confounding habit of suddenly materializing out of nowhere ("I did knock," she quietly insists). No spoonfuls of sugar for her. She has a walking stick that dispenses some macabre (and later, wondrous) magic whenever she taps it on the ground. With each improvement in the children's behavior, Nanny McPhee's various blemishes disappear. "When you need me but do not want me, then I will stay," she informs her charges. "When you want me but do not need me, then I have to go." Boy, do they need her; not only to become better-behaved children but to foil the nasty Mrs. Quickly, whom Mr. Brown rather reluctantly prepares to marry to ensure that formidable Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury) will continue to financially support the family. Little does Mr. Brown know of his sweet scullery maid Evangeline's (Kelly Macdonald) unrequited love for him, and surely it will "snow in August," the downcast young woman states, before such a fairy-tale romance will come true. Nanny McPhee is not as transcendently supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as Mary Poppins, yet parents seeking a film that can work its considerable magic on the entire household.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Nanny McPhee was a charming, well-written family film full of good laughs, first-rate performances, and inventive costumes and art direction that had a strong moral for both kids and parents. The sequel, though still often amusing and full of good cheer, doesn't measure up. With World War II well under way, Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) cares for her three children on a run-down, excrement-covered farm in the English countryside as her husband fights overseas. When her snooty niece and nephew arrive in order to avoid the bomb attacks on the city, the different sets of siblings immediately begin feuding. Before Isabel loses complete control of the house and the kidlets, magical Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives to teach the kids important lessons and set everything right -- including Isabel's scheming brother-in-law, who's trying to sell the struggling farm out from under her. The first 20 minutes or so of the movie are everything the first Nanny McPhee wasn't -- loud, annoying, and full of poop jokes. However, once the setup is complete, the movie settles into a warm, reassuring rhythm where the kids learn the lessons they need to, and the adults in turn learn that they could be better parents. There are solid supporting turns by Dame Maggie Smith as their mother's dotty old friend; Ralph Fiennes as the strict military commander father of the bratty city kids; and Rhys Ifans as the unctuous brother-in-law. Thankfully, the kid actors become more appealing as the movie goes on, especially Eros Vlahos, who makes über-snotty Cyril a pocket-sized version of all upper-class British twits. And the script by Emma Thompson lets us know that bad kids usually have a reason for acting the way they do, making us like all the tykes even more. In an unexpected development, all of the bathroom jokes actually lead to a major plot point -- a deus-ex-burpia, if you will -- that makes you realize the script, and the movie, are better than you first thought. Nanny McPhee Returns can't hold a candle to the original -- which is worth seeking out if you're looking for smart and funny family films -- but anyone who was charmed the first time around should enjoy seeing the character yet again, and it's made with more care and craft than most family-oriented flicks out there.

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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Featurettes; A look inside; Feature commentary with director Susanna White

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emma Thompson Nanny McPhee
Maggie Gyllenhaal Isabel Green
Rhys Ifans Actor,Phil green
Maggie Smith Actor,Mrs. Docherty
Asa Butterfield Actor,Norman Green
Ralph Fiennes Lord Gray
Ewan McGregor Mr. Green
Oscar Steer Vincent Green
Lil Woods Megsie Green
Sinead Matthews Miss Topsey
Katy Brand Miss Turvey
Bill Bailey Mr. Dochtery
Daniel Mays Blenkinsop
Eros Vlahos Cyril Gray
Rosie Taylor-Ritson Celia Gray
Nonso Anozie Sergeant Jeffreys
Ed Stoppard Lieutenant Addis
Toby Sedgwick Enemy Pilot

Technical Credits
Susanna White Director
Suzanne Austin Art Director
Tamsin Barbosa Makeup
Tim Bevan Producer
David Brown Co-producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Nick Dent Art Director
Lindsay Doran Producer
Jacqueline Durran Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Eley Cinematographer
Simon Elliott Production Designer
Sim Evan-Jones Editor
Eric Fellner Producer
Simon Fraser Production Manager
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Amelia Granger Associate Producer
Pippa Hall Casting
Martin Harrison Asst. Director
Simon Hayes Sound Mixer
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Gary Jopling Art Director
Debra Osborne Executive Producer
Paula Price Makeup
Emma Thompson Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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Nanny McPhee Returns 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We took our young schoolage grand-children and their mother to see this movie. We had seen the first one, which is described well in your information, and wanted to see the second one. We were not disappointed. Nanny McPhee assists a military spouse and her children who are at risk of losing their home. Two very spoiled rich young relatives are added to the mix. Nanny McPhee works her wonders to make everything turn out well. Watch the movie for the details. I would recommend this movie for family viewing with no one having to leave because of the subject or content. It is great family viewing where all does work out well.