Review of Nanny McPhee Returns1:48 PM
It hits theaters today, and it is perhaps one of the most enchanting and entertaining family films we've seen in ages. It's Nanny McPhee Returns, and my whole family saw a special screening this week so we could tell you about it today!
Based on the first movie, about a magical Nanny (Emma Thompson) who starts out ugly and gets more beautiful with each day, Nanny McPhee Returns makes sense on its own -- meaning, you don't have to watch the first one to understand the second. In this film, the children are left alone with their mother (Maggie Gyllenhaal) to take care of a farm while their father is at war. They are joined by their cousins, and soon chaos fills the home! Before you know it, pigs synchronize swim, a billy goat gets in the kids' bed, a wedding dress is turned into a "pig net", and a whole host of ridiculous and imaginative situations allow the children to learn the values of Nanny McPhee. Unlike other films, the kids in this movie are very endearing!
It is completely appropriate for all ages of children. There is no bad language, only a casual mention of an animal with indigestion, and a crow that humorously burps. All of the humor aimed towards adults is funny - but not something that I would be concerned about my kids repeating. Families can take their kids to this film as soon as they are old enough to sit through it. My 3-year-old was completely mesmorized, and didn't ask to get up once! My 5-year-old covered his eyes during an especially intense (but not scary) part, but it turned out fine. All of my kids laughed during many parts of the movie and left the theater smiling.
Filled with messages of faith, hope, and love, this is one that you can watch and know that everything will turn out in the end. (And if you like a little magic, you'll really find this movie to be like a fairy tale!)
Nanny McPhee Returns opens in theaters everywhere today! With more substance and style than some of the other "children's films" on the market, you'll get a little tear and a whole lot of laughs out of this film. Catch the trailer on YouTube, "Like" Nanny on Facebook, or visit the official website for more info.
Wanna Win? We're giving away A Nanny McPhee Returns Gift Pack, featuring a youth t-shirt, lunchbox, notebook, and crayon wheel! To be entered to win, just tell us whether you plan on watching the movie in theaters, or why you want to!
You have until August 30th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in, and you CAN ENTER EVERY DAY! (Just comment as directed for the first entry, and then enter with "today's entry" for each entry after that. Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. Open to persons 18+ U.S. only, please. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!