“Nanny McPhee Returns” Silly and Fun

Genres: Art/Foreign, Comedy, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Running Time: 109 hr.
Release Date: August 20th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements.


Director: Susanna White

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Iffy.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: Anyone that saw the first one. It might not be as good, but it does have fun moments.

Nanny McGhee (Emma Thompson) is back with a different family and more kids. Nanny McPhee Returns.

I forget how incredibly pretty (totally not the point of the film) Emma Thompson is, but by the end of the film anything is more pretty than the start of Nanny McPhee. She isn’t really someone one would want to look at, but that’s not necessary. She does good work and her look is part of that work. I have an affection for her as a character because she’s a great character. She’s just awesome and apparently someone that everyone likes to compare to Marry Poppins. Marry Poppins has more of an attitude and Nanny McPhee is sure she’s right without a single doubt with less attitude. Her love is far more subtle and she doesn’t say goodbye. She doesn’t like goodbyes.

I can’t remember the first one that well, but some have said it’s better because it has more Nanny McPhee and that’s probably true. After reading that I did realize that she wasn’t really in the film that much. It focused more on the children, which acted far better than that kid in Charlie St. Cloud, that’s for sure -- still not over it.

Maggie Smith plays an absent minded Mrs. Docherty and she has some really silly moments that forced me to laugh, because they’re just ridiculous situations. My favorite would have to be them picnicking and she thinks she hears something. It’s small and whacky, but I like whacky.

Nanny McPhee Returns is a fun-silly movie for parents and children. She deals with them via magical things. But the important point is she connects with the children and she’s stern. She sticks to the rules she created. The children fall in love with her because she cares enough to say no and mean it. I’ve seen so many episodes of “Intervention” and there are parents that are just down right stupid with how they handle their children’s issues. They enable them and it’s pathetic. They try to be their friend. Children have friends, they need parents more than friends. People that care where they are going and how they’ll get there.

I laughed and enjoyed Nanny McPhee Returns. Emma Thompson is amazing with how she portrays McPhee. I totally forget it’s her…that is until the end when she rears her pretty face around and smiles. The movie is a feel good movie. Maybe not as fun as the first, but it still feels good to see McPhee tell kids to jump and them ask how high.


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