Nanny McPhee herself is possibly the reason the film has been given a PG rating. With no violence, bad language or rampant sex of any sort, the rating can only be attributed to the sheer abhorrence of her well made-up face. The gargantuan warts sprouting tufts of hair, a snaggletooth which resembles a stubby, yellowing stick of gum and a nose as large as a cream donut, are the result of excellent makeup which is expertly applied throughout the movie.
Colin Firth (Mr. Brown) once again plays a character who requires very little backbone, and his droopy eyes and withering smile (on the odd occasion) lend themselves very well to his portrayal of a gloomy widower. Still, it’s hard to resist the urge to reach into the screen and slap him, just to elicit a smattering of true emotion.
Imelda Staunton does a stellar job as the Browns’ red-faced, hyperventilating cook, Thomas Sangster brings to the table his powdery face and blue eyes which sparkle with mischief, and Angela Lansbury is so brilliantly cast as Aunt Adelaide you’ll be terrified of the old goat.
Nanny McPhee is a perfect movie to take the kids to this holiday, but if you feel you just can’t stomach it, send them off with the au pair. They’ll love it, she’ll get to learn a trick or two, and you’ll all live happily ever after.
- Kate Paré
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