Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
|Featuring:||Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Barry Bostwick, Laura Elena Harring, Josh Flitter|
|Producer:||Susan Ekins, Mark Vahradian, Jerry Weintraub|
|Distributor:||Warner Bros. Pictures|
“Small town girl. Big time adventure.”
Nancy Drew (played by Emma Roberts, niece of Julia) is a teenage sleuth. She lives in River Heights and is well-known and liked by everyone. She helps the police and even counsels the criminals. She has 2 close friends and a friend Ned (played by Max Thieriot). Ned likes Nancy, Nancy likes Ned. There has been no formal commitment on either end, and neither seems to know the other one’s feelings. Nancy’s father, Carson Drew (played by Tate Donovan) is a lawyer. Her mother is dead.
Her dad decides to move temporarily to Los Angeles to make more money, and so Nancy is off to the big city. She promises her dad that she will put her sleuthing days behind her. However, unknown to her dad, the mansion they are staying in was once owned by the famous actress Dehlia Draycott.
Twenty-five years ago, Dehlia disappeared for a period of time. When she returned, she hosted a party. Before she appeared at the party, she was found drowned in her pool. This mystery mansion comes complete with a creepy caretaker, hidden passageways and secrets to be uncovered. Nancy can’t help being drawn into this mystery. As she begins to uncover it, someone tries to scare Nancy, to stop her from getting any more information.
Nancy Drew is kind, helpful, and is at the right place at the right time. She is the all around sleuth. If you have ever read any of the Nancy Drew books, you know that she is a well-dressed, normal-appearing teen. In this movie version, Nancy is the same girl from the 50’s and 60’s, but the majority of the movie is set in present day Los Angeles. Nancy does not fit in, and she does not appear to be “normal.”
VIOLENCE: In the beginning of the movie, Nancy is held hostage. She falls off a roof, and then repels down the side of a church. Nancy almost gets hit by a car. She also almost gets blown up. There are a few car chase scenes (Nancy’s passengers buckle up). Nancy is chloroformed, abducted and held hostage. She jumps out of a moving car. She is threatened several times both over the phone and in person. Two people get hit with a shovel. Nancy is shown with blood on her forehead.
When Nancy enters the mansion, they are staying in strange things happen. She goes against her promise to her dad and does investigate the murder mystery behind his back. Nancy’s cupcake is stolen at lunchtime. The girls responsible for stealing her it also play a practical joke on her. Corky pretends to be choking to try to get her to perform CPR. He mentions that his sister may be the devil. In another scene, a girl is actually not breathing and needs an emergency tracheotomy, which Nancy performs. A boy says that he and the girl were making out. Ned and Nancy kiss.
In the strangest twist of the whole story, Nancy throws a party to try to appear normal. When the party gets out of control, the police are called. Her father congratulates her for having the party because that is what normal teens are supposed to do.
I was surprised by the good content in the movie. In the beginning, a prayer is said by a minister. Nancy obeys the speed limit, even during a car chase. Nancy overlooks what others say about her and is very forgiving towards those that do wrong to her.
Nancy’s motto is to “put others first.” Nancy has learned that from her father. Her self-sacrifice unites a family and saves a mother and child. Jesus death was the ultimate sacrifice, and we are only saved by a relationship with Christ. While too many movies glorify violence and evil, this movie does exactly the opposite. It portrays near perfection in the heroine. Very few modern day movies make it cool to be kind and good.
OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT: The word hell is said in surprise. Someone text messages “OMG. I’m sitting next to Martha Stwt.” There is much violence or implied violence. I almost felt I was watching an old mystery movie—Did I really see the violence or did my mind fill in the blanks and make my mind think it saw what wasn’t there?
I recommend this movie. I went to see it with 4 girls ranging from 9-13 years old; They all loved the film. Although, I could find much to pick apart (I read Nancy Drew as a young girl in the 70’s and this is not the Nancy Drew I loved), this movie offers young girls an unusually good role model. Most movies aimed at young teen girls have characters that dress skimpy and model bad behavior. It was refreshing to see a movie with my daughter that modeled good behavior.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: None