Nanny McPhee

Release Date: January 27, 2006
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The kids soon learn the nanny has quite a different notion of 'Bedtime Snack'

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106/159 David Mumpower Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had kids. It seemed transparent as well as laborious.

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Nanny McPhee will tell the story of a magical governess who uses her special talents and skills as she works to sort out seven children who have a history of devouring their nannies. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Though the story bears a great deal of similarity to the Mary Poppins books by PL Travers and the resulting 1964 Disney film, Nanny McPhee is in fact based upon a series of Nurse Matilda books that are famous in Great Britain. Emma Thompson is adapting these Chrstianna Brand stories for a glorious big-screen production.

Where Mary Poppins centered around two children, Nanny McPhee will focus on seven naughty little boys and girls with the last name of Brown. Colin Firth will play the children's father, while Thompson herself will take on the title role. Also onboard are Angela Lansbury, who will portray the kids' aristocratic great aunt, and Gosford Park's Kelly Macdonald as the maid of the house.

With such a strong cast, Nanny McPhee is already looking to be a highly anticipated British children's comedy. With the universality of the characters, the story should transfer quite nicely for North American audiences as well. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Nanny McPhee
Main Cast Emma Thompson, Colin Firth
Supporting Cast Angela Lansbury, Kelly Macdonald
Director Kirk Jones
Screenwriter Emma Thompson
Distributor Universal
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG
Running Time 99 minutes
Screen Count 1,995
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