YMMV / Nanny McPhee

  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie was adapted from a series of books called Nurse Matilda, with several changes.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the sequel, the uncle lets all the farm's piglets out of their pen and the children have to hunt them down, and Nanny McPhee decides that dragging out this task further will teach them a lesson in teamwork. Which justifies making the pigs harder to catch by granting them some speed and agility, but seriously... synchronized swimming?
  • Even Better Sequel: Nanny McPhee Returns, according to reviewers.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Nanny McPhee's suggestions to the guard about how to eat broccoli and asparagus, to some people, would be considered to be very good ideas for a pair of vegetables which are very difficult to get people to eat.
  • Fridge Logic: In the sequel, the two boys headed to the War office in the capital to ensure they had proof that the Disappeared Dad was still alive... yet they hear the news and immediately leave empty-handed? At least grab the paper ribbon code thingy from the radio guy first...
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Considering Simon's actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster would later play Newt in The Maze Runner Series, his line "I never say please!" becomes rather ironic considering Newt's last words.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Maggie Gyllenhaal dragging someone in handcuffs may remind some of Secretary.
    • You can't help but think Nanny McPhee was inspired by Mary Poppins. Years later, Emma Thompson starred in Saving Mr. Banks, where she portrays P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins.
    • Imelda Staunton played the Cook who has to deal with some very troubled children and Emma Thompson played the nanny who is loved by the children. Come Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Staunton played Professor Umbridge who is a Tyrant Takes the Helm on the Hogwarts students and teachers with Thompson's character, Professor Trelawney, being a target of Umbridge's tyranny. Sounds likes a sweet revenge.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In the sequel, Phil's forging of the telegram.
  • Squick: In the sequel, the montage which depicts the farm as full of mud and poop.
    • Some of the food (like the worms in the sandwiches, the gruel with peelings in, etc)
  • The Woobie: Both the Browns and the Greens. The former has a dead family member and the latter has family members involved in a war.