Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.

Director:

Susanna White

Writers:

Emma Thompson, Christianna Brand (characters)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Isabel Green
Oscar Steer ... Vincent Green
Asa Butterfield ... Norman Green
Lil Woods ... Megsie Green
Eros Vlahos ... Cyril Gray
Rosie Taylor-Ritson ... Celia Gray
Daniel Mays ... Blenkinsop
Rhys Ifans ... Phil Green
Maggie Smith ... Mrs Docherty
Sinead Matthews ... Miss Topsey
Katy Brand ... Miss Turvey
Emma Thompson ... Nanny McPhee
Bill Bailey ... Farmer Macreadie
Ewan McGregor ... Mr. Green
Sam Kelly ... Mr. Docherty
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Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.

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nanny | magic | farm | goat | elephant | See All (28) »

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The magic is back! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy | War

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Rated PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Dame Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared in Stranger Than Fiction (2006). See more »

Goofs

Farmer Macreadie arrives at noon to pick up the piglets. Right after he leaves, when the sun should still be high in the sky, it is just over the trees on the other side of the field. See more »

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Megsie: Nanny McPhee we need you!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits finish, the baby elephant enjoys the Scratchomatic. See more »


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Pick Yourself Up
(Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
Performed by Harry Roy and His Band
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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An upbeat film for children
19 August 2010 | by freemantle_ukSee all my reviews

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is a personal project for Emma Thompson, starring and writing both the 2005 original and this sequel. She has an obvious love for this children's franchise and the novels of Christianna Brand. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang was met with almost universal critical acclaim upon its initial release in the UK.

Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a stressed out mother to Norman (Asa Butterfield), Megsie (Lil Wood) and Vincent (Oscar). Her husband (Ewan McGregor) is fighting in the Second World War and the family farm is suffering financial troubles. When Isabel's spoilt brat nephew and niece, Cyril (Eros Vlahos) and Celia (Rosie Taylor-Ritson) arrive from London they clash with her hardy county children: it is clear Isabel needs help. Luckily Nanny McPhee (Thompson) comes to disciple the children, teach them important life lessons and help save the farm from being sold by the dastardly Uncle Phil (Rhys Ifans).

Nanny Mcphee and the Big Bang is clearly aimed for young children and director Susanna White (who is known for television work on Bleak House and Generation Kill) attempts to keep a childish, playful tone throughout the film. This is shown in some of the set designs, like the pig scratchier, and the use of CGI animals. Many of the set pieces in the film felt like being from a cartoon. Young children will enjoy this sequel and there are strong moral messages such as working together and learning to share which parents will want to encourage. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is perfectly light and fluffy for boys and girls. The humour of the film is aimed at a young audience, focusing on poo and burping gags and general slapstick, which makes it harder to appeal to teens and adults. The children do grow as characters and slowly become more likable with Thompson and White looking beyond the stereotypes. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang is a very British, quaint family film with it period, rural setting. This film is also the type of sequel where you do not need or any knowledge of the previous film. Yet the plot is basically a cross between Mary Poppins and a standard plot of someone trying to take property from the rightful owner through sabotage. Plus the filmmakers did not try hard enough to allow adults to enjoy the film as much as children would. Less poo gags and more swimming pigs for next time is my advice.

Thompson obviously enjoys her role and she did well in her performance as a hard but fair magical woman with a dead-pan delivery. She knows exactly what she wants to do as Nanny McPhee. Gyllenhaal offers a good performance and pulls off a decent English accent. Despite the over-the-top nature of the film, Gyllenhaal plays her character straight as a mother who is simply snowed under. The rest of the main cast are caricatures, with the child actors showing promise. But other performances did not fit well, like Sam Kelly as the Air Warrant. There are some cameos from big name actors like Ralph Fiennes and McGregor to smaller name actors like Bill Bailey, a talented comedian who is best known to American as the desk sergeant in Hot Fuzz. He was quite funny as a stereotypical farmer.


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Language:

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Release Date:

20 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nanny McPhee Returns See more »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,407,685, 22 August 2010

Gross USA:

$29,011,215

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,251,121
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