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‘Nancy Drew’ Isn’t Exactly Clueless

posted by Kris Rasmussen

clue_idol.jpgRemember the Nancy Drew book series? (That’s when “Buffy” and “Veronica Mars” weren’t created yet, okay?) So the inner geek in me has been gloating that as Lindsay and Paris rule the tabloids right now, the smart and sweet supersleuth is coming to the big screen this weekend as a genuine, old-fashioned role model. The film, “Nancy Drew: Get a Clue” is definitely campy, cheesy, and truly geared for the 12 and under crowd–or for their mothers and aunts who want to wax nostalgic for a couple of hours.
So, in other words, I had fun watching it. But I am sure many other movie buffs will want to leave this movie mystery unsolved.
The movie transplants Nancy from her home in River Heights to the glitzy world of Hollywood where Nancy discovers a creepy bungalow that used to belong to a movie star. There are, of course, hidden passageways and creepy characters that help Nancy unravel the mystery of the movie star’s past. And while Nancy is never really in dire danger, she has her trusty friend Ned, another character throwback to the novels, are there to help.


However, the movie is less about clues and more about the clueless girls who attend Nancy’s new school. Where Nancy really has problems is in class where it is not exactly hip to be square. Nancy’s retro style and goody-two-shoes approach to life doesn’t exactly impress the typical “mean girls” around her, Well, at least not at first. After awhile Nancy’s smart and sensible attitude begins to rub off on at least a few of her peers, who begin to realize maybe it’s not that much fun to be a stupid girl after all.
Which is exactly what makes this one of the more positive, family-friendly movies so far this summer. Nancy is unapolgetically a girl who knows who she is and what she wants, and she doesn’t care so much what others think. That’s something I would like to see a little more of at the box office.
Sure, I also would have liked the movie to be a little less cutsey and a little less preachy in spots, but I still thought Emma Roberts (yes, daughter to Eric and niece to Julia) makes a great Nancy Drew. And with talks of starting a film franchise with this character, I’d be happy to take another magical mystery tour with this girl detective.
“Nancy Drew: Get a Clue” is in theaters now.



  • maryann

    I AHVE TO SAY ABOUT NACY DREW YES SHE WILL MAKE IT IN THE THEATERS CAUSE YOUNG LADYS UNDER AGE OF 10 YEARS OLD WILL LIKE WHAT SHE DOING AND WHAT SHE WILL SHOW YOU, I LIKE HER WHEN I WAS VERY, VERY YOUNG MYSELF AND SHE MAKE YOU GO WHERE YOUR OWN MINE CAN GO ON IT OWN
    FROM YOUR LONG TIME FRIEND
    MARYANN

  • Melissa

    I went to see “Nancy Drew” with a friend over the weekend and we really enjoyed it. (We’re both 30, by the way.) It looks like a great film for young people because not only is it almost entirely clean (one mild word, maybe, and no sexual innuendo, etc.), but it has some nice talking points, is interesting throughout and doesn’t skimp on quality like many remakes or re-imaginings do. It lacked that two-star, half-hearted, we’ll-get-by-on-brand-recognition quality of similar, lesser films. It’s nice to see a movie that’s legitimately family-friendly AND well-executed.

  • Michael

    Nancy Drew really needs to get a clue — Ned is gay, girl friend… that’s the real mystery in this movie.

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