Nanny McPhee

Theatrical Release: January 27, 2006
DVD Release: May 9, 2006
Nanny McPhee


Mr. Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) has just lost his wife and is now left with his seven children who misbehave so much that all the nannies have run away. Now he is told by a mysterious voice that he should get Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) who is a magical woman with special powers.

Dove Review

Seven children of a widower are out of control and unruly until Nanny McPhee arrives. She tells the children that as long as she is needed, and not wanted, she will stay. When she is wanted, and no longer needed, she will leave. She taps her magical cane when she needs it and she brings order to the household. The children wonder whether she is a witch or not, with some defending her and some questioning her. She does do the children good and their lives begin to change. This film does pass Dove’s approval with a warning that the kids are unruly in the beginning but they change dramatically for the better as the film progresses. There may be some question about the use of all the magic, but it mainly seems to be done in a fairy-tale type way, with good resulting. I saw this film with a wide range of children, from infants to teens and none of them seemed frightened, and they laughed at the comedic spots. They clapped at the end and their enjoyment of “Nanny McPhee” was obvious.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing between man and woman. Man tries to protect woman and she thinks he is getting fresh.
Language: H-1
Violence: The kids hit servant over the head with pan and tie her up and gag her. They use guillotine to cut off doll's head. They are totally unruly until Nanny arrives. Later there is a cake fight at the wedding, with many of the characters laughing and joining in.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Cleavage of lady who likes the father.
Other: Fairy tale magic. Nanny taps cane and magic happens. Nothing too strong.


Company: Universal Pictures
Director: Kirk Jones
Producer: Tim Bevan
Genre: Children
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter