Small Town Girl. Big Time Adventure.
Intrepid teenage private eye Nancy Drew heads to Tinseltown with her father to investigate the unsolved murder of a movie star in this old-fashioned whodunit based on Carolyn Keene's popular series of books for young adults. But can the small-town girl cut through the Hollywood hype to solve the case?
Rather than try and update the premise, they've temporarily brought her brave, intelligent, hyper-resourceful but old-fashioned character to Los Angeles where a lot of laughs are generated as she interacts with her more modern peers.
There is of course a mystery; some bad guys; and ultimately a very happy ending. This could have been terribly dull and formulaic but in fact it's fresh and funny.
Recommended. This was actually a pretty good school holiday film to watch with the kids.
cute & surprisingly intriguing.
Yes, I actually watched this.
I don't know what I was expecting here.
The mystery is actually pretty good for a kid's movie. I also enjoyed how perfectionist and outdated Nancy Drew is throughout the movie. Easily the funniest bit they have going.
The acting is pretty terrible, even for a kid's movie. Emma Roberts is probably the best of the non-adult actors here, and she isn't particularly good. But hey! Odd cameos/bit parts from Bruce Willis, Chris Kattan, Adam Goldberg, and Lindsay Sloane, plus small parts for Barry Bostwick and Rachel Leigh Cook.
It's at least nice to see a clever high-school detective, so you could do worse for family entertainment.
1.5 out of 5 (C-)
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