Directed by Kirk Jones (WAKING NED DEVINE) with a screenplay by star Emma Thompson, this film is based on the Nurse Matilda series by Christianne Grant. Widower Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) is at his wits' end. His seven children have just scared off their 17th nanny since their mother passed away and seem to have exhausted all local resources. Then, as if by magic, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) appears out of the blue, literally warts and all. This governess has a different approach to minding Mr. Brown's wild brood; each tap of her walking stick seems to work magic and impart a much-needed lesson. Although the children are determined to chase her away, they soon discover how much they really need her.
But the Brown family has another problem. Stern Great Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury), the late Mrs. Brown's aunt, has been supporting the family and has issued an ultimatum to Cedric: he must marry by month's end or she will cut off all financial support. Cedric is reluctant to marry just anyone, and his options appear to be limited to the garish widow Selma Quickly (Celia Imrie). Will he marry to keep his family intact, or have his children learned enough to help him find love again? Firth and an understated Thompson are in fine form, and Lansbury, Imrie, Derek Jacobi, and Peter Barlow are a delight in their supporting roles, as are the children. The costumes and set are infused with vivid colors that lend a larger-than-life, fanciful feel to the film, adding to the magic.
Angela Lansbury - American Film and Television Actress, MURDER, SHE WROTE
Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"
Sir Derek Jacobi - Shakespearian actor best known for "I, Claudius"
Emma Thompson - British actress
Celia Bannerman - Casting\"Dangerous Man"
Elizabeth Berrington - Actress
Celia Imrie - British Actress, mostly television, mid '70s-present
Kirk Jones - Writer/Director, WAKING NED DEVINE
Kelly MacDonald - Actress/"Trainspotting"
Kelly McDonald - Actress/"Trainspotting"
Glynis Murray - Producer
Lindsay Doran - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Colin Firth - British Actor
Eliza Bennett - Actress, THE PRINCE & ME
Eliza Hope Bennett - Actress, THE PRINCE & ME
Imelda Staunton - British Actress/Comedienne
Phyllida Law - Scottish Actress, KINGDOM
Eric Fellner - Producer
Debra Hayward - Executive Producer, THUNDERBIRDS (2004)
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 99
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 025192630927
- Genre: Comedy
- Rating: PG (MPAA) (Mild Thematic Elements, Some Rude Humor and Brief Language)
- Release Date: August 2006
Theatrical Release:January 27, 2006
"Emma Thompson creates an indelible character reminiscent of the pre-Disney Mary Poppins..." - 02/28/2006 New York Times, p.E29
"Overall, this is a fine visual experience..." - 06/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.68