Unruly kids make a wonderful mess in Nanny McPhee

Unruly kids make a wonderful mess in Nanny McPhee

Unruly kids make a wonderful mess in Nanny McPhee

Like last-minute dashes through the airport to proclaim your love for someone, or impromptu song and dance routines, the food fight is one of those things that happens a lot in movies but very rarely in real life.

There are many examples of this comedy staple throughout the history of cinema, one of the best of which popped up in a small family movie from 2005.

The best way to ruin a wedding.

Nanny McPhee tells the story of a magical nanny - very much in the mould of Mary Poppins - who arrives one day at the home of the Brown family.

Cedric Brown (Colin Firth) is struggling to look after his seven unruly children following the death of his wife. The children have made short work of every previous nanny he has hired, and enjoy terrorising their cook, Mrs Blatherwick (Imelda Staunton).

Other than their father, the only person the children will listen to is the family’s scullery maid, Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald). Until, that is, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) turns up at their doorstep in the midst of a terrible storm and wastes no time in using her magical powers to teach the children some lessons.

As time goes on, the youngsters gradually warm to their new nanny and the family’s life steadily improves.

Things change when Lady Adelaide Stitch (Angela Lansbury), the pompous and domineering aunt of Cedric’s late wife, threatens to reduce the family to poverty unless Cedric remarries. He is forced to agree to marrying Selma Quickly (Celia Imrie), a wicked woman to whom the children take an instant dislike.

On the day of the wedding, the kids see their opportunity to disrupt proceedings and save their father from a terrible fate. They cause chaos by pretending they are under attack from a swarm of bees, causing a panicky vicar (who is allergic to bee stings) to begin flailing around and accidentally fling a piece of the wedding cake right into Ms Quickly’s face.

She retaliates by hurling a cake right back at him, which misses and hits Lady Adelaide. Things swiftly escalate from there, triggering a food fight that ends up with everyone well and truly covered in confectionery.

Great movie food fights

Film history is littered with scenes where meals descend into messy madness.

This scene in Whip It, where the likes of Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis and Ellen Page engage in food-based warfare, is undoubtedly a highlight, as is this moment in Fried Green Tomatoes.

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Posted by: Becky Cheall