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Nancy Drew - Emma Roberts, Tate Donovan, Max Thieriot, Josh Flitter, Andrew Fleming

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Small time girl. Big time adventure.

For generations of fans worldwide, the name Nancy Drew is synonymous with adventure. This young amateur detective has a mind of her own, a passion for solving mysteries and a reputation for getting into, and out of, some very tricky situations! This month, Nancy Drew brings the timeless heroine to Los Angeles, to face a fresh set of challenges and her most baffling case yet.

Emma Roberts stars as the resourceful teen detective, who leaves her friendly hometown of River Heights for the West Coast and enrols at Hollywood High School. There, her unique personal style immediately sets her apart from her self-absorbed, fast-living peers, especially reigning fashionistas Inga and Trish, who can't quite figure her out but know that everything about her is different, from her super-smarts and retro manners to her perfect picnic lunches and penny loafers. Their less-than-warm reception might bother the average new girl in town, but not Nancy. She has more important things to think about - namely, a brand new mystery.

Even though she promised her worried Dad (Tate Donovan as Carson Drew) that she'd quit the "sleuthing" business, it isn't long before Nancy gets a lead on one of the greatest unsolved cases of all time: the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of famous actress Dehlia Draycott. It happens that the Drews are staying in the former Draycott Mansion, long reputed to be haunted and now a site where some very strange things have been happening. How could Nancy resist?...

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film adventure crime teen detective high school Hollywood movie star murder

Persons of interest

  • Caroline Aaron .... Barbara Barbara
  • Cliff Bemis .... Chief McGinnis
  • Pat Carroll .... Landlady
  • Adam Clark .... Sergeant Billings
  • Rachael Leigh Cook
  • Tate Donovan .... Carson Drew
  • David Doty .... Father Murphy
  • Josh Flitter .... Corky
  • Laura Harring .... Dehlia Draycott
  • Daniella Monet .... Inga
  • Kay Panabaker .... George
  • Emma Roberts .... Nancy Drew
  • Max Thieriot .... Ned
  • Kelly Vitz .... Trish
  • Mildred Wirt Benson .... Creator
  • Tiffany Paulsen .... Screenwriter
  • Andrew Fleming .... Screenwriter
  • Andrew Fleming .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Nancy Drew is pert. Nancy Drew is perky. Or vice-versa. If it were any more wholesome it would contain dietary fibre.

That's the good part. The bad part is that this film is yet another attempt to squeeze an outdated mindset into a modern setting. Emma Roberts tries hard but her character is... perky. That doesn't happen in a world with terrorism, AIDS and the internet. Innocence, yes. Naivety, yes. Perky, no. Max Thieriot does much better as Ned, the small-town-boy-next-door. He's cute, sweet and quiet but that quietness is the quietness of "strong silent type", not "as a mouse".

Nancy Drew is fine for entertaining the kids during in the school holidays but it's not the classic big-screen presentation it could be.

Government security censorship classification

PG (Mild themes and violence)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 June 2007 - QLD
Film: 28 June 2007 - NSW, VIC
Film: 5 July 2007 - SA, WA

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