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Nanny McPhee
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05.26.2006 By: Quigles
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Director:
Kirk Jones

Actors:
Emma Thompson
Colin Firth
Kelly Macdonald

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Seven rambunctious children meet their match when a mysterious nanny takes control.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
NANNY MCPHEE has two sides to it... the first holds a ridiculously exaggerated but fun and magical world, while the second contains nothing more than a series of lame, over-the-top gags involving several chaotic children doing what they do best... being annoying. In other words, it's like a mixture of MARRY POPPINS with CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN... not a great combination. However, the stupid gags are probably what will appeal most to children, so I guess I can't complain too much. At least the older family members will have the other half of the film to enjoy. Still, that doesn't change the fact that the movie's most memorable moments are also its worst. Because of this, it's hard to look upon the movie fondly once all is said and done (unless of course you're seven).

By far the best aspects of the movie for me were the characters, as well as some of the more subtle humor. Colin Firth and Emma Watson are both great, conveying a lot of humor in simple scenes (like Firth's repetitious "What a suggestion!" lines). Also strong is Celia Imrie as Mrs. Quickly (the children's potential stepmother), who's as beastly as they come. The real surprise, though, is the kids, some of whom do an even better acting job than a number of the adults. Another surprise is that, behind all the wackiness, the movie actually has a heart... something I've learned not to expect from family films of late. Instead of just teaching really obvious and irrelevant messages like so many pathetic Disney flicks, this movie actually has some important things to say. Kids probably won't pick up on it, but at least parents will be able to explain it to them when the film is over. This alone makes the movie worth recommending.
THE EXTRAS
There is a nice amount of extras here, which should certainly please fans of the film.

Audio Commentary (with director Kirk Jones and the children): This track stars off interestingly enough, but then the children join in and it becomes a little chaotic. Still, it's a fun listen... although I think I would've preferred to hear Jones speak by himself.

Audio Commentary (with actress/screenwriter Emma Thompson and producer Lindsay Doran): Thompson, being both the lead actress and screenwriter of the film, has plenty to say and manages to keep pretty much the entire track engaging. She gives various anecdotes about the film's production, including everything from adapting the books to working with the children actors.

Casting the Children (11:41): A relatively interesting featurette that gives a simple look at how the children got their parts. Aside from the common interviews, there is also a nice amount of footage from the actual casting sessions.

Village Life (3:53): A brief but fun look at the design process for the house and village.

Nanny McPhee Makeover (5:40): Presented here are several interviews with some of the make-up designers, costume designers, and even Emma Thompson about the look of Nanny McPhee. They also talk about her changes throughout the film, and how they had to carefully keep track of it. I especially liked the footage of Thompson sitting in the make-up chair.

Deleted Scenes (13:03): There are seven scenes, each with its own introduction from the director. Most of them wouldn't have added anything to the film, but I did appreciate one of them in particular, which was redone in the style of a silent film.

How Nanny McPhee Came to Be (7:43): A cool featurette which details the adaptation from the three Nurse Matilda books into the movie. Also included is some information on the author, Christianna Brand, and some of the changes that had to be made to the books. Definitely worth watching.

There is also a humorous Gag Reel (2:46), as well as 3 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Ignore what you saw from the movie's trailer - all it does is showcase the worst parts of the film. Then again, youngsters will probably feel much differently, ranking those crude gags as the movie's best moments. Personally, I really enjoyed some of the more subtle and clever jokes, and I'm sure parents will get a kick out of them too. Overall, the movie is a cute family film that should please both kids and adults on a moderate level, but won't leave them thrilled. Rent it.
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