Perhaps the worst part of "Nanny McPhee" is the poor father.  Cedric is likely every man’s worst nightmare.  He's become a spineless widower, overwrought by children and surrounded by women who control him – including his dead wife (to whom he often speaks and for whom he has a special chair), the town floozy and Nanny McPhee.  What kind of man would want that existence?  And he never really changes!  As viewers, we are dying for him to rise up and be a man worthy of following, but it never happens.

Yes, Cedric does become more communicative with his kids, but that includes telling them things that they should never have been told.  At one point he says something along the lines of, “Your mother and I had too many children, and we couldn’t afford you, so for years your Aunt Adelaide has been supporting us. … If we don’t get her support, you might be sent to the work house.”  What kind of a message is that for a child? 

Despite its early potential, overall, "Nanny McPhee" is a miss and should likely be avoided by families who have been recently spoiled by such compelling competition as “Narnia.”

AUDIENCE:  Children and adults


  • Language/Profanity:  Brief, with a couple of mild obscenities.
  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Consumed by adults, with woman getting tipsy.
  • Sex/Nudity:  None, but there is one sexual-looking, slapstick struggle between the father and the floozy.
  • Violence:  None - just slapstick pranks.
  • Other:  Witchcraft extolled; children’s schemes not rebuked.