Nancy Drew (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2007.  , , .  Story by , Screenplay by Andrew Fleming, Tiffany Paulsen, based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The teen sleuth with the sharp brain and the shiny penny loafers just never seems to go out of style, and in this adorable caper she’s as chic as ever. Taking its cue from the books by Carolyn Keane that have thrilled many a young reader since they first appeared just over seventy-five years ago, this film adaptation presents its heroine as something of a comedic retro-throwback: she dresses prim, she obeys traffic rules to a nauseating degree, and puts doing well in school high on the priority list.   is effortlessly charming in the lead role as Nancy and her father move from the Sirkian town of River Heights to California for a few months while he pursues a legal case, making his daughter promise that she’ll give up her dangerous hobby of sleuthing while they are there.  She says the words, but her heart is elsewhere: her work is pretty much cut out for her when they arrive in Hollywood and rent a home with a built-in mystery. It seems the former owner of the estate, a glamorous movie star (, stunning as ever) once lived there before the mysterious disappearance of both her corporeal self and her last will and testament. Nancy wastes no time getting to work despite the pressures to fit in from the mean girls at school. Parents will definitely want their kids to check this one out for its marvelous method of dealing with peer pressure: she’s quick-witted and highly resourceful, and being treated like an outsider (and being treated pretty roughly at times) only makes her think of other people’s shortcomings, not her own, and for that she’s an absolute treat to watch. The film carries the spirit of Keane’s books well in hand (even though her books never had murder in them), providing a Mulholland Drive for kids that has a mystery worth trying to unravel!

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