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||Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Josh
Flitter, Max Thieriot
||Not too young.
||You've got to make
the call because she might think you're a wuss.
||A bonk on the
||A car chase.
||Quite a few
||When dad comes
home and thinks Nancy is a normal teen.
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.
A Movie Review
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!!