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Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)

aka Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

"You'll Believe That Pigs Can Fly!"

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Details: 109 mins · English · PG (USA)


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Good, but not so

Nothing beats the original. Although I love the plot, I still feel that it lacks something.

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Small Nanny McPhee
Small Lord Gray
Small Isabel Green
Small Mrs. Docherty
Small Uncle Phil
Small Norman
Small Blenkinsop
Small Farmer MacReadie
Small Mr. Green
No_movie_poster Mr. Spolding
No_movie_poster Miss Topsey
No_movie_poster Megsie Green
Small Sergeant Jeffreys
No_movie_poster Cyril Gray


No_movie_poster James Newton Howard Music
No_movie_poster Tim Bevan Producer
No_movie_poster Eric Fellner Producer
No_movie_poster David Brown Producer
No_movie_poster Sim Evan-Jones Editor
Small Emma Thompson Screenplay
No_movie_poster Debra Hayward Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Liza Chasin Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Lindsay Doran Producer
No_movie_poster Mike Eley Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Christianna Brand Novel
No_movie_poster Susanna White Director
No_movie_poster Christianna Brand Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Sim Evan-Jones Editing


"You'll Believe That Pigs Can Fly!"


Isabel Green is driven to her wits' end by her hectic life. Between trying to keep the family farm up and running her job in the village shop, aided by the elderly and partly blind Mrs. Docherty, she also has three dutiful yet boisterous children to look after: Norman, Megsie and Vincent. All of this she has to do while her husband is away at war. So when her children's two haughty and spoiled cousins, Cyril and Celia Gray, are sent to live on their farm and another type of war is being fought between the two sets of children, she is in need of a little magic. She hears a mysterious voice telling her that she needs Nanny McPhee and, to her astonishment, Nanny McPhee appears on her doorstep one stormy night.

Nanny McPhee arrives to take matters into her own hands. At first, the children do not listen and carry on fighting, but she calmly bangs her walking stick, causing them to start hurting themselves, and Vincent begins to break things with his cricket bat. Eventually they apologize and the two groups learn to tolerate each other. Nanny McPhee then teaches them another lesson, to share, and punishes them, by forcing the older boys to share their bed with a goat, the girls with the family cow, and Vincent with a baby elephant, making them realize sharing with one another wasn't so bad and start acting kinder to one another. For instance, Megsie gives Celia some of her best clothing when the ones she brought are ruined, which had made her resort to wearing their mother's wedding dress. Meanwhile, Isabel's brother-in-law Phil has gambled away the farm and is being chased down by two hit women. He desperately attempts to make Isabel sell her half of the farm, using an array of schemes. These include digging a hole so that the family piglets can escape, but by working together, the children manage to round them up in time.

To celebrate catching the piglets, Mrs. Green takes all the children on a picnic and buys them ginger ale, or, ginger beer, during which Mr. Docherty warns them all about bombs and how he imagines a pilot might accidentally release his bomb in the remote area in which the family lives. At the end of the picnic Uncle Phil delivers a telegram saying that Rory Green has been "killed in action" in the war. Isabel, along with everybody else, believes the telegram. Norman, however, does not and says that he has a feeling "in his bones" that his father is not dead. He tells this to Cyril, who at first says it is just because he is upset, but then agrees to help Norman determine the truth. They realise that Cyril's father, Lord Gray, a high-ranking figure in the War Office, can find out for himself what has happened to Rory. So they manage to get Nanny McPhee to take them to London on her motorcycle.

Upon arrival in London, Nanny McPhee uses her status in the army to get the boys access to the War Office, where they meet Lord Gray. At first he scoffs at Norman when he tells him about his disbelief of his father's death, but after Cyril angrily informs his father that he knows that his parents are getting a divorce, he gives in and goes to check on Rory's status. While he is gone, Cyril tells Norman that he and Celia have been sent away because their parents will be splitting up, and not because of the bombs, and he is unsure where he and Celia will have to live. Norman tells Cyril that he and Celia are welcome to live on the farm with the Greens, to his delight. Lord Gray returns and informs them that Rory is not listed as killed in action, as the telegram had stated, but rather missing in action, and that there is no record of a telegram ever having been sent to Isabel.

The boys then leave and Norman works out that the telegram brought to his mother by Uncle Phil was in fact a fraud to get Isabel to sell the farm. While the boys are at the War Office, Megsie, Celia and Vincent are trying to stop Isabel from signing the papers and selling the farm. When their own efforts fail, Megsie calls to Nanny McPhee for help, who hears her plea and summons a baby elephant to stall for time. Just as Isabel is about to sign the papers, an enemy plane flies overhead. The pilot sneezes twice, and on the third sneeze, a huge bomb is dropped, but does not explode and is left sticking out of the barley field. When Nanny McPhee returns with Norman and Cyril, thanks to the Nanny's magic, the children go out to watch Mr. Docherty dismantle the bomb, but he falls from the ladder and faints and Megsie takes over. She succeeds with the help of the other children and Nanny McPhee's putty-eating bird, Mr. Edelweiss. Nanny McPhee then helps to harvest the barley and saves Phil from the hit women, with a little magic, and she and Mrs. Docherty watch the family celebrate.

During their conversation, Mrs. Docherty says to Mr. Docherty that Nanny McPhee hates goodbyes and that she remembers from when she was young. She then takes out a rattle, revealing that she is baby Aggie from the first film. As Nanny McPhee walks away from the now happy family, true to her statement "When you need me, but do not want me, I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go", the children and Isabel chase after her, determined to prove they still need her. However, they discover that they in fact do not, as they round a bend to see that their father is descending from the hill, passing Nanny McPhee along the way. Rory Green (Ewan McGregor), in army uniform and with an injured arm, runs to the arms of his children and wife and rejoices in the discovery that after leaving three children to go to war, he has returned to find five. As Nanny McPhee (now a beautiful woman) watches the reunion, she forgives Mr. Edelweiss and allows him to perch on her shoulder as they leave into the distance.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2010-08-20 : United States of America

DVD : 2010-12-14