Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)

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Director: Susanna White
Cast: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith, Ewan McGregor


The removal of neglected rich kids during the Blitz to their cousins' earthy and impecunious farm triggers a bout of class warfare that cries out for the intervention of a magical ex-army nanny. A subplot concerns the nefarious machinations of the brother of the embattled single mum (whose husband is away at war) to sell the farm to pay his gambling debts.

The Review

A second helping of neo-Mary Poppins entertainment with more than a hefty garnishing of destruction and toilet humour to entrance the kids. Grown-ups can enjoy the talented cast and dabs of sentiment.