Nancy Drew 2007

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Teenage detective Nancy Drew and her father move to Law where they rent a house with a complicated history. She soon discovers that it was previously owned by Dehlia Draycott who mysteriously died in the early '80's, and the more she discovers, the more hassle she gets from someone who wants the past to remain in the past.

Starring:
Emma Roberts, Max Thieriot
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

Nancy Drew

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Action & Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Director Andrew Flemming
Starring Emma Roberts, Max Thieriot
Supporting actors Rachael Leigh Cook, Tate Donovan, Rachel Leigh Cook, Josh Flitter, Marshall Bell, Barry Bostwick
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicola on 13 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this looking for a slightly more grown up film for my ten year old and this fits the tween market perfectly. Not too scary, not too much smoochy stuff and not too babyish. The story keeps them gripped and definitely made my ten year old feel that wee bit more mature than her younger sister.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Becca on 10 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
Just a pleasant film of the infamous Nancy Drew and Emma Roberts does a great performance.

Little note before buying - its a young teen film, maybe a great idea for a girls sleepover. its a fun, harmless movie
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By oldbillie on 1 April 2009
Format: DVD
It probably seemed a clever idea on paper: Nancy Drew arrives in modern LA but she's still the wholesome, penny-loafer-wearer of the original books. She's square, she eats cupcakes and knows First Aid; the LA kids meanwhile are jaded, bitchy and fashion-obsessed. In other words it's a culture-clash, fish-out-of-water comedy in the style of Crocodile Dundee. Or, indeed, Back to the Future: although the film doesn't actually show her climbing out of a time-machine, that's the basic conceit.

Perhaps if they hadn't laboured the joke so much, and given Nancy just a hint of old-fashionedness instead of the full Alice-band treatment, it might have worked better. Perhaps. But the point about Nancy Drew is that she's always been a modern girl -- she was in the 1920s and she was in the 1950s. Maybe in the decadent 2000s the writers felt that Nancy could only be presented as an ironic, kitsch figure from the past. If so (and I'm speculating, of course) I don't think it's true. One of the things that strikes me when watching a show like Buffy the Vampire Slayer is how straight the kids are. If them, then why not 14-year-old Nancy too?

The other problem with this throw-back Nancy is that she's simply too bland. It really is difficult to root for someone who, in a car-chase, won't go above the speed limit. It's not a bad joke, but it makes her look silly.

Given all that, I thought Emma Roberts made a good Nancy Drew. She certainly has the requisite self-possession and charm. It's just a shame that the script and the direction reduced her to a two-dimensional figure. And the story itself was pretty ho-hum.

Let's hope they do another one with Roberts but drop the irony. A modern Nancy Drew is perfectly do-able without it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MP on 5 Jan 2014
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Good film, bought for teenager who loved the film and it has now been watched several times with various friends & grandparents
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Arden on 20 July 2008
Format: DVD
This story is a teen classic basicly filled with everything if you want to know, for a girl that is! ...fashion,style,mystery,orgnisation,the villians,the friends and much more.
Nancy fills the story to top to bottom. The outline of the story is she is heading off for a hoilday with her dad(as her mums died) which they rent and Nancy picks the house, and of course, knowing her it's one with a years ago death and mystery! What's a girl to do -investergate.
Years and years ago their lived a famous actress "Dehlia Dreycott", who died by someone else's doing who was found in the pool. That was the same house Nancy's in. Ohhhhhhhhhh.
It's strange and as Nancy's a star and has worked out many other cases will she work this one out. A tough challenge huh.
She finds clues, puts them together like a puzzle and she has a story. Of course the story would be nothing without her friends helping.
I really ennjoyed this movie and if you get it I hope you get it too.In some places it gets scary but it's a natural plot line twist. It's a story for the whole family. Enjoy!!!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Heckingbottom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2010
Format: DVD
Having been addicted to the books as a child, I was thrilled to discover this DVD and very much looked forwards to watching it.

Sadly, I was somewhat disappointed with the results. Although an intriguing film in its own right, it just wasn't the Nancy Drew I had pictured; and not the Nancy Drew that I remembered reading about in Carolyn Keene's books.

Nancy was made to appear so retro that she was unbelievable as a teenager. Carson Drew looked nothing like the person I had pictured in my mind - and came over as far too young and attractive. (If he really looked like that, why was there never a second Mrs Drew?)! The plot was a little drawn out and rather laughable in places. However, on the other hand, the baddies were belivably bad, and the conclusion to the plot was great.

My conclusion - an enjoyable film for those who don't remember the books or the TV series from the late 1970s.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) is the best detective in Riverheights. There is no case she can't solve. And, thanks to her detective kit, she's ready for anything.

Her dad, lawyer Carson (Tate Donovan), has a temporary assignment in Los Angeles, and the teenager gets to go along. In fact, Carson let her pick out the house they are renting. Naturally, Nancy picked one with a mystery. Seems 25 years ago, actress Dehlia Draycott disappeared for five months. Then, just a few days after she came back, she was found dead in her pool. Her murder was never solved.

Unfortunately, just before the trip, Carson makes Nancy promise to stop sleuthing. And Nancy really does try to live up to her word. But when she begins stumbling on clues to what happened in the past, she just can't stop thinking about them. Where will the trail lead? Will Nancy solve the old crime? Or will she keep her word to her father and work toward becoming a normal teen?

Warning: The following paragraph was written by an obsessive book person. Let's start by getting some stuff of my chest. Why were Bess and George reduced to cameos? They are an important part of the books. The fact that Nancy's housekeeper Hannah only had a cameo didn't bother me too much since she often got little more then that in the books. At least Ned (Max Thieriot) got a bit more of a role, showing up on Los Angeles for a while. And, I did enjoy seeing Nancy's car (a roadster). I just wish they had included those other characters more.

Okay, now we can review this movie as it is.

And it's a surprisingly decent movie. The mystery is well done with plenty of clues being dropped along the way. I figured a couple things out before Nancy, but only a few minutes before.
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