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NANNY MCPHEE AND THE BIG BANG

In the latest installment, Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs. Isabel Green, who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she`s arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green`s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave. Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree-climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 10 Jun 2010
Genre: Comedy / Family
Running Time: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith
Director: Susanna White
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Nanny McPhee”, “Mary Poppins”

Synchronised swimming piglets? Sharing a bed with an elephant? Even defusing a dropped bomb sounds fun and not at all scary in this second installment about the old hag of a nanny, named McPhee ("...with a small c and a big P", as she will tell you, repeatedly).

After the success of the first film "Nanny McPhee" (2005) - inspired by Christianna Brand's book "Nurse Matilda", comes the sequel that took place around 60 years after the last time we saw the wart-faced nurse. The World War II era, to be exact. This time it involves three children, a pair of visiting spoiled cousins, a farm and a mother in the brink of a nervous breakdown.

Emma Thompson is always fascinating as Nanny McPhee, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as the cheerful but depressed Mrs. Green still looks stunning even when she appears to be a mess all the time. The children - while not as merry-looking like those in the first film - still makes a great team of squealing little oddballs, especially the small blonde, Vincent (Oscar Steer) whose task throughout the movie apparently is to make adults go "Awwwwwhhh....". There are appearances from other big names, like Ewan McGregor and Ralph Fiennes, but it is the children that are the stars after all.

In the recent years where children are continuously showered with sardonic pre-teen movies that teach them the negative sides of life and ridiculous kiddy spy movies that make your little one think that jumping off the tree with a thin rope is a jolly good idea, it is refreshing to see such a franchise return to the silver screen. With a Mary Poppins-like character with more pizzazz and a storyline that reminds you of the times where one chooses Enid Blyton over Jeff Kinney, "Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang" is quirky, colourful and classic.

And don't forget to watch out for an eccentric character from the old movie, which makes an appearance once in a while, whose identity only to be revealed by the end of the movie. You may not believe who it is!

Cinema Online, 01 June 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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