Liam Daniel
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 20, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nanny McPhee Returns

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/20/10
performer
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson
director
Susanna White
distributor
Universal
author
Emma Thompson

We gave it a B-

Emma Thompson’s warty, snaggletoothed, Mary Poppins-ish character returns to a nostalgia-colored England of teapots and cowpats. In the sequel Nanny McPhee Returns, the lumpy lady is summoned to the farmhouse of a frazzled mum (Maggie Gyllenhaal) trying to cope with three kids and their two snooty, rich city cousins while Daddy (Ewan McGregor) is away at an undisclosed war. Thompson, who also wrote the script, has skittery, baffling fun enjoining her plummy guest actors (including Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and Maggie Smith) to play broad Brit types. Kid viewers will have fun with the references to barnyard poo, poo of all sorts, poo to reckon with. B-

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