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Nancy Drew
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Starring: Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Josh Flitter, Max Thieriot
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.nancydrewmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Not too young.
Date Movie: You've got to make the call because she might think you're a wuss.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: A bonk on the head.
Action: A car chase.
Laughs: Quite a few chuckles.
Memorable Scene: When dad comes home and thinks Nancy is a normal teen.
Memorable Quote: "I'm Bruce."
Directed By: Andrew Fleming
Produced By: Jerry Weintraub

Nancy Drew
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:39 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
As I walked into my local gigaplex, having secured my ticket from the kiosk rather than going to the ticket window trying to avoid it, I then handed my ticket to the usher, but low and behold, there it came: The "thatís creepy" look, pretty much asking "Why is this old dude going by himself to see ĎNancy Drewí instead of ĎFantastic Four.í" I really wanted to tell the kid "Look, I have to review the movie, and for what itís worth I saw ĎFantastic Fourí yesterday. I didnít like it." Instead I just took my ticket stub, got a bottle of water, found a seat, and then enjoyed a movie I think my sister would love.

Emma Roberts is playing the role of Nancy Drew. Sheís a teenage sleuth able to solve most mysteries in her small town of River Heights. She likes old things, dresses primly and properly in clothes from yesteryear, and drives a way-cool Nash Metropolitan convertible. When dad (Tate Donovan) has to drag her to Hollywood for work reasons, Nancy convinces dad to rent a creepy house where a Hollywood actress mysteriously died (thus giving her some sleuthing to do while dad is at work), only prior to the trip she promised dad no more sleuthing after she nearly dies escaping the bad dudes in her town.

But as much as dad wants her to be a "normal" teenager and make friends at school, Nancy canít help but sleuth, quickly realizing that the death of actress Dehlia Draycott might involve a pregnancy, a murder, an adoption, and hidden passages inside the house. She also finds out that people in Hollywood can be a lot meaner, from the kids at school to the thugs out to get her, but that doesnít faze Nancy because she has a mystery to solve. And if that werenít enough she also has to deal with the jealousy of her would-be boyfriend Ned (Max Thieriot), and Corky (Josh Flitter), a twelve year old, Don Juan wannabe, who puts "smooth and debonair" in the weirdest of light.

Look, I know Iím not the target audience for "Nancy Drew," but I really liked the movie in the quirkiness kind of way it comes off. Most of the enjoyment of the movie comes from Emma Roberts, who perfectly portrays the role of Nancy, reflecting on a time when manners were of utmost importance (she drives the speed limit, even in a car chase), and is able to tame you with a nice pastry.
To combat the niceness of Nancy, Josh Flitter, in his role as Corky, was great at being the pudgy kid, in love, and trying to do anything to impress Nancy, like agreeing with her choice of ordering a glass of milk, while still trying to have that "Iím smooth" character, even at twelve.

I guess the easiest way to tell if you will like this movie is really by the trailer because it pretty much tells you exactly what to expect. If you see it and you think you will dread the movie, you probably will, but I remember the trailer making me chuckle, and the movie had me doing the same. For giving me exactly what I expected, Iíve got to give "Nancy Drew" 4 stars out of 5. The mystery was simple enough for all ages to follow, and Emma Roberts shows she has tons of potential as a fantastic actress. I wonder whom she gets that from? ;-)

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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