Nancy Drew is a spunky teenager from a small, quaint town that seems stuck in the 1950’s. She is athletic, intelligent, resourceful, brave, and an excellent detective. However, when her father takes a temporary job in Los Angeles, she finds herself going from the town star to high school outcast. This doesn’t deter Nancy, though, as she immerses herself in yet another mystery (against her father’s wishes).
The mansion she stays in with her father holds a Hollywood murder mystery. Rising star Dehlia Draycott was killed in the house in the 1980s, but her murder was never solved. Nancy begins piecing together clues from items left in the house, but she eventually turns over one stone too many. As resourceful as Nancy is, she’ll need the help of new and old friends to solve the case and escape the bad guys.
“Nancy Drew” is rated PG for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language.
I was particularly impressed with Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew. She’s pretty, funny, and intelligent. She’s a nonconformist in that she embraces ’50s fashion and etiquette rather than modern chic. This makes her a much more positive role model for girls than, say, Bratz dolls. The fact that she’s not deterred by being made fun of makes her all the more appealing. As for the rest of the cast, the main standout is Josh Flitter as Corky. He’s a little bit obnoxious, but his relentless pursuit for the affections of Nancy provides much needed comedy relief. The guest cameos provide a lot of fun, too. Look for Chris Kattan, Adam Goldberg, and even Bruce Willis.
I think “Nancy Drew” fans will generally be happy with this film. Most of the elements of the books seem to be here. You have the resourceful heroine, the mild peril, hints of the supernatural, and the moderately competent villains. And even though she’s made fun of, she comes out on top in the end. I think it will hook young girls on the character, too. My daughter was certainly happy with the film and wanted to take her friends to it. As an adult, I also appreciated the occasionally wicked sense of humor. For example, Nancy responds to a fellow student’s medical emergency… and ends up doing a tracheotomy. Its bizarre moments like these that show the creators aren’t taking themselves too seriously.
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