Mr. Cedric Brown 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 who is a magical woman with special powers.
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This doesn't hold a candle to Mary Poppins. But that doesn't mean there isn't charm to be found in this storybook fantasy. The first & most obvious joy is the production design, which is over-the-top & so off-putting it works. But the biggest asset is Thompson & Firth, who ground the film despite any lags in the 2nd act. It may be bested by the sequel, but this is enjoyable family viewing.