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Nanny McPhee

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Charming adaptation of kids' books; some potty humor.

Movie PG 2006 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 8+

No scary stuff?--NOT!

I loved this movie and think most children would enjoy it too, but I don't get how CSM can say there's no violence or scary stuff. What about the opening scene where the kids scare away a nanny by pretending to eat a baby. A few minutes later a baby comes within a split second of being catapulted into a vat of boiling green goo. I'm guessing that while older kids will find that hilarious, very young children might find it disturbing.
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age 5+

My daughter's favorite movie

My 5 year old absolutely loves this movie. It is a very well acted movie that teaches some lovely life lessons to kids. It has a few things in for the parents to giggle at which is always fun. To be honest, it is has become one of my favorite movies too

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (30 ):

Thompson has devised a wonderful script based on Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda books, wherein kids and nanny face off without condescending to one another. If some of the movie's effects are distractingly shoddy (see: the unconvincing dancing donkey), the kids (especially Sangster) are first-rate, and Thompson rather divine.

Nanny McPhee tells Mr. Brown that she can manage the kids while maintaining her independence and dignity: "When you need me, but do not want me, I will stay," she says, "When you want me but do not need me, I will go." Nanny's lessons -- instilled through judicious use of a magic cane and wry common sense -- include respect, loyalty, and generosity.

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