Saturday, November 21, 2009

Nanny McPhee

Widower and undertaker 41-year-old Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) has seven children. He loves his children very much, but spends little time with them, unable to handle raising them all on his own. The children have had a series of seventeen nannies, whom they systematically drive out; it is a point of pride for them to get rid of each nanny as fast as possible.  Desperate to find another nanny, Cedric heeds the advice of a mysterious voice from the house, which says, "the person you need is Nanny McPhee."  An unusual and hideous woman named Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives at Brown home, introducing herself as a "government nanny". The children, led by Simon, attempt to play their tricks on her, but gradually start to respect her and ask her for advice.

The family is financially supported by the late Mrs. Brown's Aunt, Lady Adelaide Stitch (Angela Lansbury).  Lady Adelaide demands custody over one of the children in order to ensure their continued education and proper upbringing in society and also demands that Cedric remarry within the month, threatening to cut off the family's allowance if he fails to do so. Desperate to keep his family together and prevent losing his house, Cedric turns to the vulgar Mrs. Selma Quickly, local widow of three husbands with garish taste in clothing.  the children assume that stepmothers are all cruel, and attempt to sabotage a visit from Mrs. Quickly.  When his proposal is ruined by more pranks, she leaves angrily and refuses see him again. After the children are explained the truth of their father's situation, they agree to the marriage, and appease Mrs. Quickly by confessing they were to blame for the disturbance of her visit, and lure her with promises of Aunt Adelaide's wealth.

 Now you'll just have to get the movie in order to find out exactly how it ended.  What happens with Evangeline, the 7 children and Nanny McPhee, you won't be disappointed!