Why do nanny movies make you instantly smile?
No matter how much you enjoy the independence and liberation of being grown-up, chances are that memories of being taken care of as a kid can make you feel all warm and fuzzy. And while you probably have your awesome parents to thank for all the wonderful childhood memories, there may also be a third person who merits some credit and appreciation—your nanny!
Doesn’t matter if you referred to them as “nanny” or “domestic maid”; they nurtured you and played a part in shaping who you are today. Have we really thanked them for their contribution in our lives?
So, in celebration of all the admirable nannies who devoted time, energy and patience to be proxy-guardians, here is a list of the 7 most awesome nannies we’ve gotten to know in movies.
1. Maria – The Sound of Music (1965)
Though Maria gets off on a rough start with the mischievous Von Trapp children, she does her best to win over their hearts—all seven of them—through song and genuine care. In the end, not only does she have all seven kids adoring her, but she has their widower father falling head-over-heels in love with her
2. Nanny McPhee – Nanny McPhee (2005)
In a household where seven undisciplined children won’t seem to stop causing trouble, there is only one solution—a mystical nanny with magical powers. Upon meeting all children for the first time, Nanny McPhee is not just able to tame everyone, but she gets them to do all the chores as well!
3. Hobson – Arthur (2011)
While it would seem that Hobson could very well retire from being Arthur’s nanny, she is bound to him with utmost devotion, in spite of him being a perfectly grown man. Hobson’s job as a nanny to a rich and irresponsible playboy makes taking care of children seem like a breeze.
4. Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire – Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
After his wife files for a divorce and sends him out of their home, Daniel Hillard gets the bright idea to be his three children’s nanny… except he has to do so disguised as a Scottish woman. While his only intent was to still keep on seeing his three kids in spite of losing custody over them, he learns so much more about parenting through his stint as Mrs. Doubtfire.
5. Sean Armstrong – Mr. Nanny (1993)
After retiring as a wrestler, Sean Armstrong is hired by a professor to be his children’s bodyguard. What should seem like a simple task of taking care of some kids turns into a catastrophe when an evil scientist takes the professor’s children as hostages in exchange for a microchip.
6. Mary Poppins – Mary Poppins (1964)
There is nothing more mournful than a house of unhappy children. Once Mary Poppins enters the lives of the Banks family, she turns life into one big, happy and colorful world of song and dance. And no doubt, Mary Poppins does it in the most delightful way!
7. Shane Wolfe – The Pacifier (2005)
When you’ve got a government scientist for a father, and have top-secret things hidden in your house, you definitely need more than a regular nanny. In fact, you need no less than a Navy SEAL for the job. You need Shane Wolfe. Though he failed to rescue their scientist father, Shane Wolfe turns out to be a pretty good nanny.