As the author and star of Nanny McPhee, Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson has created something that 21st-century children aren’t often exposed to—a wholesome, old-fashioned family fable that is almost devoid of bathroom humor and computer animation. Combining Mary Poppins with Cinderella, Nanny McPhee follows the vaguely Victorian adventures of seven illegally adorable British children and their financially struggling widowed father, Mr. Brown (Colin Firth, essentially phoning it in), as they misbehave, learn, and grow with the help of their new nanny (Thompson), who also happens to be a witch. Sporting hairy warts, a prosthetic nose, and a snaggletooth, Thompson is scary-looking—but not as terrifying as Angela Lansbury, made up with similar prosthetics to portray the family’s wealthy great-aunt, who orders Mr. Brown to marry within a month. True to fairy-tale form, everything ends with a contrived happily ever after moment. But children will delight in the movie’s bright color scheme, magical premise, and multiple food fights.