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Nancy Drew
DVD disk
04.04.2008 By: Sturdy
Nancy Drew order
Director:
Andrew Fleming

Actors:
Emma Roberts
Josh Flitter
Max Thieriot

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A small townís ace detective happens to be a teenage girl with an obsession for solving mysteries. After moving to LA, Nancy encounters her biggest mystery when she starts investigating the murder of a famous actress 20 years earlier.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I couldnít help but be reminded of Scooby Doo when watching this film. And no, thatís not an insult to Emma Roberts, but rather a description of the storyline and wholesome nature of the film. Itís a simple mystery with bad guys that wonít really hurt you and random strangers that are nice for no reason. Anyone whoís been to LA knows that neither of those types of people actually exist.

The movie was obviously made with younginís in mind, so they kept the film light hearted and innocent. With that in mind, Iím not sure if Iíd let my little girl watch it since they added some violent and intense moments that might be a little much for some kids. I found it odd that they would do that, since this film clearly wonít appeal to anyone over the age of 10. It had a tendency to get a little too cute for its own good and I found myself bored with it more often than not.

This was the first time Iíd seen Emma Roberts in action and I thought she did a decent job. The role didnít require too much acting or personality. She really just had to dress old fashioned and speak clearly, which she did well on both accounts. I was surprised to see Tate Donavon back in action. I feel like itís been a while since Iíve seen him on the big screen.

NANCY DREW isnít a bad film by any means, itís just very average. I liked the homage to the books with the opening credits and the opening scene. It seems like someone fell off a building in every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book, so it was funny to see Nancy fall off a building herself. Otherwise, this is a basic childrenís mystery similar to the ones you read when you were in grade school.
THE EXTRAS
Kids at Work: Emma Roberts and Friends Up Close and Personal (9:01): Emma Roberts and other cast members talk about working on the film. Itís cutesy and geared towards the younger audience. Donít expect any revealing details into the making of the film in this one.

Gag Reel (1:48): This is a super quick montage of cast members laughing and falling down. Not a whole lot of flubbed lines, just quick editing of cast members laughing.

Mini Featurettes (9:42): These reminded me of webisodes you find on other DVDís, but theyíre actually just a handfull of little featurettes focusing on various aspects of the film, including the cast and the last day of filming. Theyíre alright, but nothing special.

There are also some Previews and a Music Video
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you have (or are) a little girl around the age of 10, this might be right for you. Otherwise, I think some scenes might scare little kids and the rest will bore older ones.
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