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Parents' Guide to

Nanny McPhee Returns

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fantasy isn't as enchanting as original, but it's still fun.

Movie PG 2010 106 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 18+

Odd violence and "training" methods

I rented this movie after reading reviews on this website, stating it was suitable for young children but what a shock! My boys (8 and 10) were really stunned and upset by the scene where Nanny McPhee "trains" the kids by having them hit themselves and hurt themselves repeatedly. I could not believe they would put this on a kids movie, neither could my boys, judging from their faces and how they tried to hide in my arms. This was not funny at all, it shows children being abused and brutalized, and forced to do it themselves, which is even worse. I would not recommend this movie at all. Children should be encouraged to behave properly by example and good, loving, manners, not by what is shown there. So I turned this into a conversation about the nanny's ways and whether or not they were appropriate. I am very disappointed I showed this to my boys and I am very happy they had no interest seeing it again.

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Too much violence
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age 6+
We really enjoyed this movie. It follows the same predictable formula as the first: Lessons learned, warts disappearing, slap stick humor. However, that familiarity is comforting. The first movie was a bit edgy and slightly frightening. This one is pretty cute. Some parents will roll their eyes, but the kids will like it. It reminded me of a good old fashioned Disney movie. It isn't something that you need to see in the theatre. However, we felt is was something worth supporting. We want Hollywood to continue putting out this kind of family friendly movie, something without 3D effects or potty humor. Just clean fun. I took an 8 and 11 year old boys and they both enjoyed it.

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (27 ):

Because the story is so predictable, there's not much mystery as to how things will turn out, but kids won't care because they'll be too busy enjoying it. They'll be laughing at the flying and swimming piglets, the animal sleepover, and the kids hitting themselves comically until they stop fighting with each other. The magic of the NANNY McPHEE tale is that it's completely derivative (in an endearing way!) of childhood favorites like Mary Poppins and Babe, with a little bit of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang thrown in for extra flying-vehicle fun. Thompson, who also wrote and produced the movie, is obviously comfortable in the governess role and working with children, and her scenes with the kids are amusing. Gyllenhaal -- whose accent is surprisingly pleasant -- is no Colin Firth, but she's lovely and sweet, and you can't help but cheer for her and her friend, the forgetful Mrs. Docherty (Maggie Smith).

Other aspects of the movie, however, fall flat -- like the window putty-eating bird, the sweet-but-creepy hit-women, and the annoying Uncle Phil (Ifans), who keeps popping up again and again. But there are a couple of fantastic cameos from men who are no doubt Thompson's friends (McGregor and Ralph Fiennes). Their mere presence in the movie is a delight, especially the great Fiennes as a stiff War Office VIP who's the stand-offish father to the London cousins. Speaking of the cousins, they're appropriately naughty at first and then adorably friendly with each other. The end is particularly sentimental, because there's a tie-in to the first film, leaving open the possibility that Nanny McPhee will strike yet again.

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