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Nanny McPhee | 2006 | PG | - 2.3.3

Emma Thompson stars as Nanny McPhee, the lead character in her screenplay, based on the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand. The rather unpleasant looking nanny enters the household of a recently widowed man (Colin Firth) whose extremely unruly and ill-behaved children are wreaking havoc. Through magic and punishment she soon restores order. Also with Angela Lansbury, Kelly MacDonald and Thomas Sangster. Directed by Kirk Jones. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man lunges at a woman a few times and she translates his actions as an uninvited sexual advance: one time he is shocked by an electrified doorknob, he shakes while leaning against her, he is hit in the back with a glob of oatmeal, and he falls with his face in her cleavage, and ends up on top of her.
 A woman wears a very low-cut dress that reveals her cleavage in several scenes.
 A man and a woman kiss. A woman kisses a man on the cheek.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - An infant is placed in a catapult and a girl prepares to jump on it and fling the infant into a pot of boiling water (this does not end up happening).
 A boy hits a woman on the head with a frying pan and she falls to the floor. A woman is gagged, tied to a table and children pummel her with food.
 A woman runs screaming from a house saying, "They've eaten the baby." A man enters his house and sees his children eating chicken meat that has baby booties and clothing on it. A man opens a roasting pan lid and finds an infant inside, alive and well, but covered with vegetables and gravy.
 A man works in a mortuary and we see dead bodies on tables with toe tags in a few scenes. A man walks through a dark mortuary and we see a body in a coffin. A woman holds a stuffed dog (presumably a dead pet) on her lap. Two men hide in coffins and pop out to surprise another man. A very large spider crawls in a woman's hair.
 A boy holds an arrow near the seat of a chair hoping that a woman will sit on it. A woman takes a rattle away from a baby and breaks it (the baby cries). A boy chops off the head of a teddy bear in a guillotine. A woman bashes a toy mouse with a bat and smashes it.
 A boy and his father yell at each other and a woman yells at a man. People discuss other people dying as a commodity. Children complain about feeling ill and end up incapable of getting out of bed. A man sends his children to bed without supper as punishment.
 Small sandwiches are made with wriggling worms and we see a woman holding one and then eating it. A boy frantically mixes a pot of green goo, and it bubbles over and explodes (we do not see anyone covered with the goo). Children are forced to swallow a thick, gurgling medicine (we see one and he makes a face and gags). A man pours frog eggs out of a teapot and into a cup and panics when a woman nearly drinks them. A woman has moles on her face, a bulbous nose, one large tooth and a unibrow, and people recoil when they first encounter her. A baby flatulates. A man licks a woman's glasses in order to make it difficult for her to see.
 A man hits a woman's hat off of her head, the woman falls to the ground, another man smears her with cake, and other people join in the food fight throwing cake back and forth at each other.
 A man tells his children that they will need to be separated and sent away. A woman bangs her walking stick on the ground in a few scenes causing sparks to fly. In several scenes a man talks to his now deceased wife's favorite chair as if she is still there.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 2 sexual references, 4 mild scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, mean words and name-calling (shut up, you old trout, old hag), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink alcohol, and two women drink alcohol.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Being naughty, punishment, death of a spouse, death of a parent, using people, marriage for reasons other than love, acting out for attention, love, grief, passion, affairs of the heart, tragedy, the adult world, consequences, incest, insolence, social class, step parenting, separating families, magic, funerals, following instruction, doing as you are told, manners, illiteracy.

MESSAGE - Punishing unruly children effectively can come very close to abuse.

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