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I enjoyed this movie because it was a throwback to a simpler way of living. I did however, think the girl playing Nancy Drew was too thin. I did not care for the fat boy playing her sidekick. For one thing, he was allowed to be fat while she was emaciated. For another thing, she did not need his crude attempts and pranks to get to know her better. The movie stayed elevated despite this bad character placement.


Her outfits and jewelry alone made the movie worth seeing. Her style was a young version of "English dowdy." Even her bathrobe was plaid. I liked the style pickups in her outfits, such as the matching plaid headband, the hatpin-like brooch that had her initials on it and the cute little necklace with the locket on it as well as her earrings. It was as if she was a little old lady in a young girl's body.

Her perfectionism was entertaining too. The car (a Sunbeam?) was cute.

The older boy that was sort of like a boyfriend was much easier to be around with his easygoing ways and quiet love and respect for Nancy Drew.

I hope they make more of these. It was relaxing and fun.
Nancy Drew

Initial Reaction: Nancy Drew what?



Main Characters

Nancy Drew: She's a teenaged sleuth played by Emma Roberts

Carson Drew: He's Nancy's father played by Tate Donovan.

Corky: He's a kid played by Josh Flitter.

Jane Brighton: She's a woman with a secret past played by Rachael Leigh Cook.



Plot Summary

Nancy and her father move out to California into a house Nancy picks. Why? Because Nancy is into solving crimes, and the house she and her father are moving into has an unsolved murder (yes, there's a murder in this film).

But her father doesn't want her doing any more case solving because he fears she'll get hurt or killed by the perpetuators of the crimes Nancy's investigating. So, Nancy secretly looks into the mystery of the house behind dad's back.

What's the mystery? Well, a famous star and former owner of the house, actress Dehia Draycott, goes missing for several months, then shows up, then shows up floating in the pool dead.

It isn't long before Nancy gets leads on the Draycott case. Was the star pregnant? Did she have a kid when she vanished? Were there jealous rival lovers, and if so, did one of them kill her? Nancy's going to get to the bottom of the case -- no matter if her father likes it or not.



SCORING

Main Characters

Emma Roberts and Tate Donovan do very good jobs playing out their characters. I'm always a sucker for good chemistry between father and daughter, and these two have it. Jane Brighton is also good as a key player in the Draycott case.

However, I found Corky to be too annoying to like. Kids that young shouldn't be on murder cases. SCORE: 7



Supporting Cast

Forgettable. There's the love interest that is just a bland guy, two girls who try to be popular, but aren't (in my book), and the bad guys, who are just dumb (I'll explain later). SCORE: 3



Plot

I like the main plot of the story; Nancy does a good job of going through the steps of an investigation. But there are parts I didn't believe. The citizens are way too helpful; they hand over confidential and personal information to a strange teenage girl without asking why she needs it.

Another problem is the villains: they sure are dumb. In once scene, they capture Nancy and put her into a room. But Nancy gets out of the room through an unlocked window. Don't you wish every criminal was this stupid?

There's also a side story about Nancy trying to fit in with the "In Crowd", but that story falls flat and is more of a distraction than anything else. SCORE: 3



Originality

There have been stories about kids solving crimes (Firehouse Dog comes to mind), but this movie does a good job of showing the steps in solving a crime. SCORE: 7



Violence Factor

Not much. The bad guys grab Nancy, there's a lot of running, a car chase, a bomb, and people get hit in the head with a shovel. But there's nothing too graphic. SCORE: 8



Other Moral Issues

One of the messages this movie gives is for kids to be themselves. However, that message was muddled with the poor performances of the "cool" girls.

Then there's a message about solving crimes. Well, in real life, teenagers can't just walk into a hospital and look at confidential records. And in real life, criminals aren't dummies (as much as we want them to be dummies). SCORE: 4



Final Score (out of 60): 32 % Score: 53.33%

Nancy Drew is about one thing: a girl and the mysteries she solves. This film piles on too many other things for it to work.
two new movies and a few retreads this week. lord of war was fairly impressive - until they did the "based on a true story" thing. I don't know why, but that actually detracts from the appreciation of the movie. and the feeling of disappointment was NOT from a real world sense of tragedy or any some such. it's definitely an aesthetic disappointment.

anyway...the movie moves along well. for some reason, nicholas cage is well suited to voice over work in his own movies. adaptation comes to mind in this capacity. the relationship with jared leto's character (his brother) could have been more convincing. or at least given more careful attention. any idiot could figure out that his life went to hell in a hand basket because of a crisis of conscience. and given the fact that he was the guy's brother for 20-30 odd years, and the guy was damn smart, even if he didn't sympathize with his brother, he certainly would have had an intellectual/rational understanding of what was going on with him. so that was a little annoying, I guess. but more than anything else, I think the preachy nature of the ending brings this one down from an 8 or possibly a low 9.

the proposition was another new one this week. it was pretty good but terribly uneven at times. usually, less is more with the crap directors who can't edit their own films, but this one needed less editing. or more exposition in places. or maybe it just needed to show more? that's kind of the opposite problem that most films have (they show too much). but then again, it IS an australian "western." heh. actually, I'm not much of an indie film guy (especially if it's something that involves action), so maybe I'm just hollywhipped that way? I don't know. the "flies are everywhere" symbolism/motif got on my nerves rather quickly.
Ah, the months of summer - when the movies that hit the local cineplex are either flashy action heart-racers (Die Hard 4.0, Transformers), cheerful family cartoons (Shrek the Third, Surf's Up), blockbusters (Pirates, Spiderman 3) or... well, silly fluffy little movies that are the equivalent of cinematic candy floss - light, sweet, inoffensive and gone in a jiffy. You barely remember anything of them afterwards, except, in some cases, for a rather sour, fake aftertaste. No prizes for guessing which genre of movie Nancy Drew fits into.

Adapted from a best-selling crime series for generations of teenage girls, the eponymous Nancy, as played by Julia Roberts' equally toothy niece Emma, is a perky sweetheart of a teen sleuth, obsessed with getting to the heart of mysteries and perpetually dressed as if she'd stepped out of the 1950s. Leaving her book-bound buddies Bess (Amy Bruckner) and George (Kay Panabaker) behind in River Heights (surely one of the most crime-ridden fictitious small towns ever created), she follows her lovingly anxious but neglectful dad Carson (Tate Donovan) to LA. She's promised her dad to be a normal kid and stop sleuthing... but how can she possibly be expected to resist when the ancient house they're living in belongs to murdered Hollywood star Dehlia Draycott (Laura Harring) and comes complete with creepy housekeeper Leshing (Marshall Bell) and clues aplenty... like a mysterious note from Dehlia to "Z", suggesting that Dehlia had many secrets before she died?

If you're a diehard fan of the Nancy Drew series, and grew up with the chronicles of the blonde teen detective's attempts to solve the myriad crimes that seemed to follow her everywhere, there's precious little in this movie that truly hints at what made the series such a hit across the world. Rather, ND is an awkward update of Nancy Drew for the new millennium - transforming her into a quirky, quippy brunette and transporting her into the glitzy world of Hollywood. Sprinkled throughout the movie are in-jokes for true fans, of course, like Nancy's clunkily charming blue Camero, her retro-hip 50s clothes (penny loafers included) and an extended visit from her ever-faithful, ever-understanding boyfriend Ned Nickerson (Max Thieriot). But, when it comes down to brass tacks, ND only shares the name of the heroine of the books - movie-Nancy does retain some of the books' smarts and resourcefulness (she'd have to, as she deals with threatening phone calls, car bombs and kidnap attempts by thugs). But, fatally, she seems rather like a fame whore as well (especially in an opening sequence which sees her negotiating with criminals and rappelling down the side of a church, proving just how incompetent local law enforcement officers are), and it doesn't help that her trusty sidekicks Bess and George hardly get a look-in. It's probably too much to expect depth out of a movie such as this one, but when everything inevitably comes tied up with a shiny, happy red bow at the end, you never feel quite as pleased as you did after reading the final revelations in the closing chapter of another Nancy Drew mystery.

All that being said, if you're willing to just sit back and enjoy a frivolous movie with next to no lofty ambitions in terms of artistry or longevity, ND is a fun enough watch. It's intermittently quite funny, and is self-aware enough to know that Nancy sticks out like a sore thumb in the world she lives in. Director Andrew Fleming (who also had a hand in the script) takes that and runs with it, playing up her differences for comic effect - when her preppy clothing wins rave reviews over her schoolmates' grunge outfits, or when she's offered the role of film director by a cameo-ing Bruce Willis. The pace of the movie is mostly snappy enough to pass the time, and the mystery, though nothing too complicated, has enough minor twists and turns - involving complications like a missing Chinese box and a dead film star's missing will - to remain engaging. Fleming probably hadn't intended for the audience to occasionally root for the irritatingly perfect Nancy to get her comeuppance, but he does drop in a couple of trash-talking, modern teenagers (Daniella Monet and Kelly Vitz) to serve as counterpoint to Nancy, allowing him to ram home the point that she's never going to be normal and she (and her dad and everyone else) should just accept it.

Roberts acquits herself fairly well in her first major leading role. It's jarring to see her at the beginning, bright and perky and almost too obviously young to play the part. But she has something of her aunt's screen charisma, and you soon get more or less used to her looking adorable in Nancy's 50s outfits. The breakout star here, surprisingly, is Josh Flitter, who plays 12-year-old Corky, a dorky, chubbily cute boy at her new school who has a crush on Nancy and follows her everywhere. He has very little to do with the plot except to serve as comic relief and to inject a little tension into Ned and Nancy's relationship, when Ned gets jealous of him. But Flitter is hilarious as he tumbles around the house after Nancy, or dances jerkily and dorkily at her birthday party.

If you're going to go in there hoping for something truly reflective of Nancy Drew the series, be prepared to be a little bit disappointed. ND is little more than a movie tailor-made for the tweenage set, with a spunkily cute heroine who shares some of her namesake's character traits but is very much another creation and character. But the movie is, at the very least least,a frivolous, mostly fun, non-taxing way to while away a summer afternoon...
Review Coming Later
Viewed 6/28/07

While I did not rate this movie very high, it was still a nice surprise for me. I was expecting a 5 or so but I found the movie flowed well, made me at least smile, if not laugh at times, and surprised me with a short cameo from Bruce Willis. Sure, the small town girl in the big city might have been done a time or two, crime solvers are a dime a dozen, and slow boyfriends in chick flicks are getting almost stereotyped, but there is a certain appeal, if not expecation when talking about Nancy Drew, who is looking mighty cute despite having been around for 70+ years. It would be easy to find fault with the plot, but why, girls 6-16 have had their super hero for several generations now and she has always gotten the job done. Most of us would rather cheer for a John McClane or a Pirate, but chances are your mother, and probably even her mother, grew up reading the Nancy Drew stories, wondering what it was like for her, and now, there is a movie for them to enjoy, and chances are, they will enjoy it a lot. This is a great movie to enjoy with an extended family, take your mom, or your grandma, they will love you for it.
Nancy Drew was a good movie!
Quick Theatrical Ratings Round-Up

I was feeling overwhelmed at how many movies I had seen in theatres (all of them, except "Sicko")... so I decided that I just needed to quickly rate the films. This doesn't mean I'm back, but I may do this every couple of weeks whenever I've seen alot of movies. Enjoy!


My Grade: C-

"Evening" is easily one of the most dissapointing films of the year... with such a great cast and a touching trailer, this movie had it made, yet it does everything wrong. The two different stories of the film are barely connected, and Claire Danes and Vaness Redgrave are both playing two vastly different characters (both with gusto, I must add), but that is not a good thing. Nothing that happens in this one evening adds any importance to whats happening in the present, leaving far too many unanwsered questions. Its a beautiful film to look at, yet it is so incoherent and tedious... that its an absolute chore to watch it all the way through.
Nancy Drew
RT Rating: 52%

C
Quick Thing: Mr Brooks is a nice little guilty pleasure, but even for me and man posessed with guilty pleasures this one is even too much to handle for myself. Its just so overworked, to over stuffed and tries TOO hard to bring back an era of this foggy suspense, pshycological, surpernatural thriller, it tries the old school charm just like Drews, but failed. The cast is great but all underused, the atmosphere is fine.. but you know when there is just to much dressing in a salad, its kind of like this..got to soggy for its own good and bit sickening.
Well I am sitting in my roomates room writing this journal entry.. with our other friend sleeping on her bed because he fell asleep while watching TV. Its so funnny!! Oh yawn stretch. I am tired.. So heres a list cause I dont feel like writing...

Ahem
I rated movies I have seen over the summer... so

Piarates 3 a 10 no explaination
Knocked Up a 6 because it was funny but really stupid at the sametime
Waitress- a 10 because it was a corky film with a lot of twists and turns.


list

+ summer Orientation Team Leader
+ getting paid to be an OTL
- room over the summer is a postage stamp, no lie
+ summer is ending and for this I am happy because I want to get started with the fall
+ NYC trip in August
+ Moving back into a residence hal on campus that became my family in the fall and spring. We call ourselves the Leadership House it is a themed dorm on campus!!

Ok
iam done
goodnight ya all
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