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Nim's Island
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Starring: Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Walden Media
Web Site: www.nimsisland.com
Kiddie Movie: Good for the entire family.
Date Movie: 5 stars on the "Dudette Scale."
Gratuitous Sex: Um, no.
Gratuitous Violence: Um. no.
Action: Some scenes of peril.
Laughs: Lots of feel-good moments.
Memorable Scene: The flying lizards.
Memorable Quote: Nothing really.
Directed By: Jennifer Flackett , Mark Levin
Produced By: Paula Mazur

Nim's Island
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:35 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Maybe Iím coming down with the flu or something, but instead of seeing a movie rated R for "Strong violence and gruesome images, language, some sexuality and nudity," all of which are in my movie-going wheelhouse, I chose to see a movie about a little girl who lives, with her Dad, on an uncharted island, and loves stories written by an agora/germiphobe who has conversations with the fictional character she has created.

Yup, "Nimís Island" won out over seeing "The Ruins," and it wasnít a bad call.

So here weíve got the always cute, always adorable Abigail Breslin playing Nim. Because stories like this need a little tragedy to start, we learn that Nimís mother was swallowed by a whale shortly after she was born. Dad, Jack (Gerard Butler), is a scientist and is doing his best to raise her, albeit on an uncharted tropical island, but thatís okay because Nim has lots of animals for friends and gets lost in the stories of Alex Rover (also played by Gerard Butler), a swashbuckling hero who always finds a way to escape a potentially deadly situation. And since Nim has no concept of the real world, she also thinks that Alex Rover is a real person.

Low and behold, one day Dad heads off on a trip to find some plankton only it seems he forgot to check the weather forecast (yes, I know, they are on an uncharted island, somewhere in the South Pacific, but theyíve got internet access and someone probably knew about that monsoon) and gets a little lost at sea. Alright, not really lost, but his boat is busted up and he doesnít have a real way to get back to Nim. Nim, on the other hand, is freaked after the storm, especially since she canít get a hold of him through the satellite phone, and even more freaked when a bunch of tourists plan to take over the island. In a earlier moment of shear coincidence, Alex Rover, the author not the adventure hero, e-mails Jack looking for some information about volcanoes, and now Nim is begging Alex, not knowing he is really a she, to come and save her, and find her Dad.

The real Alex, actually Alexandra (Jodie Foster), somehow is able to leave her house, mostly thanks to the prodding of her imaginary character, now on a mission to help Nim, and her travels take her through her own perils, in trying to get to the island.

I suppose thatís enough of a synopsis, but even with some shortcomings I really liked "Nimís Island." Abigail Breslin is probably the perfect choice for Nim, a happy-go-lucky 11 year old, brimming with self-confidence, until only her animal friends are able to help her while she is alone, and Gerard Butler did a great job as both Nimís scientist Dad, and the adventure star Alex, although it did get a little old when every time he got his boat back in some sort of working order, only to face more peril, it was the constant "Donít worry Nim, Iíll make my way back to you, I promise" speech. And a lot of people are busting on Jodie Foster in the role of Alex, but I canít see why. I thought she was good as the "paranoid of the world" writer whose only friend seems to be her fictional character.  Sure, some of it was slapstickish, but I think that portrayal is probably easier for the kids to understand.

The problem I did have with the movie was that much like a "Star Trek" episode, "Nimís Island" was filled with loads and loads and loads of setting things up, yet able to wrap up "happily ever after" in the span of about five minutes at the end. I actually would have preferred more time with Alexandra and Nim getting acquainted on the island, and the tourist invasion, though necessary for the story, didnít work for me as it was almost too "stereotyping" of cruise passengers,

I did find "Nimís Island" quite enjoyable. Itís probably better for the younger girls than the boys, and it does get a little perilous at times as Dad keeps getting pummeled while drifting at see, but when all is said and done Iíd say itís a solid 4 stars out of 5.  And, oh yea, on the "Dudette Scale," explained in my review of "Leatherheads," it's got a happy ending and isn't too long.  5 stars that way.

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

 

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