Director: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Emma Roberts, Josh Flitter, Max Thieriot,
Rachael Leigh Cook, Tate Donovan
RunTime: 1 hr 39 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Official Website: www.nancydrewmovie.com
Day: 21 June 2007
Nancy Drew follows Nancy (Emma Roberts) as she accompanies
her father Carson (Tate Donovan) on a business trip to Los
Angeles where she stumbles across evidence about a long-unsolved
crime involving the mysterious death of a beautiful movie
star. Nancy’s resourcefulness and personal responsibility
are put to the test when she finds herself in the middle of
the fast-living, self-indulgent world of Hollywood.
This reviewer is old enough to tell you that he
has seen the heydays of teen detectives Nancy Drew and The
Hardy Boys in action. The trio teamed up in fun-to-read game
books solving mysteries. Never heard of them? You are probably
born in the 1990s.
a certain magician named Harry Potter conjured tricks with
his wand, Nancy Drew the super sleuth was already fast cracking
cases with her magnifying glasses, pens and notebooks. Now,
before Mr. Potter flies into cineplexes on his broomstick,
Ms. Drew is getting her big break on the big screen with this
Roberts (or Julia Roberts’ niece, as this is how the
media likes to label her) plays the titular character that
follows her father on a business trip into a new town. There,
a murder mystery awaits her, together with a slew of supporting
characters ranging from irritating stuck-up girls at school,
a geeky fat boy who falls in love with her, and a motley crew
of suspicious men who are out to get her.
like a fun popcorn flick? Sure, only if you are a girl.
girls will find themselves rooting for this heroic, charismatic,
and upright sleuth, and learn that everything is possible
with enough determination and curiosity.
the Andrew Fleming-directed movie isn’t terribly exciting,
probably because of its dated scripting and tiresome dialogue.
It almost comes across as a tedious effort to impress the
younger viewers nowadays. Uninspired lines and unspectacular
acting do not help make this 99-minute movie an engaging watch.
credit goes to 16-year-old Roberts, who tries her best to
portray the spunky and bubbly Nancy Drew. A tad unlikable
at times because of the character’s self-righteousness,
the young actress will still please young boys who have a
thing for adorably smart girls.
supporting characters manage to make things a little more
fun with their laughably juvenile lines. Josh Flitter’s
(Big Momma’s House 2) obnoxious fat geek made us laugh
quite a bit with his silly antics, while Max Theiriot’s
(The Pacifier) earnest love interest is endearing to watch.
watch out for the blatant Apple product placements (come on,
like we don’t already know today’s teens need
to own ibooks and ipods to certify their coolness?) and a
surprise cameo by an actor who loves living free and dying
than that, there is nothing too exhilarating here, because
you won’t be clinging on to your seats during the movie’s
finale. There is nothing too brainy here as well, as murder
mystery isn’t that difficult a case to solve.
what this reviewer remembers, he had more fun with the game
book flipping through page after page in anticipation, yearning
to find out how Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys are going to
solve the crime.
(Nancy Drew may inspire young girls, but today’s smart
kids may just find this flick bland and uninteresting)
by John Li