Nancy Drew (2007 film)Nancy Drew
Promotional movie poster for the film Directed by Andrew FlemingProduced by Cherylanne Martin
Susan Ekins (executive)
Mark Vahradian (executive)
Ben Waisbren(executive) Written by Teal Valentino
Tiffany PaulsenStarring Emma Roberts
Max ThieriotDistributed by Warner Bros.Release date(s) United States:
June 15, 2007
June 28, 2007
19 October2007Running time 99 min. Country United StatesLanguage EnglishBudget $20,000,000 Official websiteAllmovie profileIMDb profile
Nancy Drew is a feature film released on June 15, 2007 in the U.S., loosely based on the popular series of mystery novels about the titular teen detective. It stars Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew, Kay Panabaker as George, Amy Bruckner as Bess Marvin, and Max Thieriot as Ned. The film is rated PG for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language. Set in Los Angeles, it was directed by Andrew Fleming.
Critics' reaction to it was mixed, with the film scoring a 48% at Rotten Tomatoes. One reviewer felt that it "caters to an exclusive club whose members are prone to overlook its numerous faults" and it was mocked in The New Yorker. The critics who did like it generally thought it was refreshing.
- 1 Plot
- 2 DVD Release
- 3 Background and production
- 4 Cast
- 5 Reception
- 6 Bloopers
- 7 Soundtrack
- 8 Notes and references
- 9 External links
Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) and her father (Tate Donovan) move from River Heights for a few months and rent a house in Los Angeles which Nancy herself has chosen, due to it being the home of a murdered movie star, Dehlia Draycott (Laura Harring). Draycott died mysteriously following an extended disappearance. which was featured in the tabloids. Despite the mystery, Nancy's father has forbidden her from further sleuthing and encourages her to focus on high school and being normal.
Due to her talent, intelligence and straight forward, honest personality, Nancy cannot fit in at school, so she reverts to solving mysteries. She traces Dehlia Draycott's disappearance to having had a child and giving it up for adoption in privacy. She learns that Jane Brighton (Rachael Leigh Cook), a single mother, is Draycott's true daughter and beneficiary of a will that has since disappeared. She receives a threatening phone call telling her to get off the case, but contacts her father's business associate, Dashiel Biedermeyer (Barry Bostwick), who is the lawyer of the Draycott estate.
Meanwhile, Nancy's friend, Ned, shows up in town, along with Nancy's blue car, saying he's visiting for a while. Inga and Trish, two girls who think they are fashion gurus, find Ned "cute". Inga starts to stalk Ned everywhere and tries flirting with him. Inga is also Corky's sister. Corky is one of Nancy's new friends who also has a crush on her, and has some tense moments with Ned, since it is quite obvious that Ned has a crush on Nancy. With Inga and Trish, they go to a restaurant, and as they walk out, Nancy finds a bomb in her car. She throws it into a sewer, and it explodes as she leaves, and Ned rushes to her side.
Jane arrives on Nancy's doorstep to tell her that her child has been taken away from her. She knows that none of the charges of misconduct are true, and reveals that, after Nancy left, a man showed up on her doorstep to threaten her. Nancy demands that her father take up Jane's case; he agrees, and Jane stays with them. While they are watching a movie Dehlia Draycott starred in, Nancy realizes that she must have hidden her revised will in a prop from one of her movies. As soon as she tracks down its location and recovers the will, she is kidnapped by the villain's henchmen, who have tracked her using her cell phone's GPS, which was given from "her father", but was actually given from the henchmen.
Nancy soon escapes and recovers the will, but gets into a car crash and must go to the emergency room. Her father, along with Biedermeyer, arrives and demands to know what is going on. She admits she has been sleuthing and explains that she has found Draycott's true will. Biedermeyer offers them a ride home so he can sign a business deal with Carson Drew. Nancy realizes that he is the one who was disinherited by Dehlia's will, that he is "Z", who was Dehlia Draycott's supposed love, and jumps from the car. Biedermeyer catches her and threatens to "squeeze it out of her", but Nancy first asks him why he killed Dehlia. Biedermeyer answers back saying that Dehlia went a bit crazy after her reappearance. He also said that he was not the father of Jane, it was Leshing. Biedermeyer then demands the will. "It's right here," Nancy says, and then kicks him and runs off. Biedermeyer and his henchmen corner her and are about to kill her when the groundskeeper, Leshing (Marshall Bell), knocks them unconscious. The will is restored to its rightful owner. Jane is able to get back her daughter and converts the Draycott mansion into a home for single mothers, and the Drews return to River Heights. Back at River Heights, Nancy is sad that the mystery is over, though she denies it. Ned is found outside, applying a convertible top to the blue car. The two share a special moment and he kisses her. Then her father comes outside with the phone, telling Nancy it's "long-distance from Scotland. Something about the Loch-Ness Monster and missing diamonds." Nancy smiles ecstatically and runs to get the phone, while Ned rolls his eyes and shakes his head.
Nancy Drew was released on DVD March 11, 2008. Extras were scheduled to include a Nancy Drew: Kids at Work featurette, five mini featurettes (Our Ipod Ideology, Nancy Drew’s Detective Kit, Behind the Scene, Day on the Set, and Emma’s Last Day), and a "Pretty Much Amazing" music video by Joanna.
Background and production
Filming was done in 2006. At this point in time, Emma Roberts did not have her driver's license and was unable to drive the roadster for the car chase scenes herself. The movie was filmed at South Pasadena, California, Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, California, Long Beach, California, and Burbank, California.
- Emma Roberts as Nancy Drew
- Josh Flitter as Corky
- Max Thieriot as Ned Nickerson
- Rachael Leigh Cook as Jane Brighton
- Tate Donovan as Carson Drew
- Amy Bruckner as Bess Marvin
- Kay Panabaker as Georgia Fayne
- Daniella Monet as Inga
- Kelly Vitz as Trish
- David Doty as Father Murphy
- Caroline Aaron as Barbara Barbara
- Marshall Bell as Leshing
- Cliff Bemis as Chief McGinnis
- Adam Clark as Sgt. Billings
- Rich Cooper as Charlie
- Laura Harring as Dehlia Draycott
- Pat Carroll as the landlady.
- Bruce Willis (cameo) as Bruce
- Craig Ellis as Thug #1
- Barry Bostwick as Dashiel Biedermeyer
The film was not received very well by the critics, and it received a 48% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and a 54% at Metacritic. Plugged In said that "the film has all of the oversimplifications of a teen mystery novel with a little - but not enough - humorous self-awareness tossed in to make the story satisfying for adults". The film grossed $6,832,318 on its opening weekend and has since grossed $25,612,520 in the US and $5,054,410 overseas for a total $30,666,930 worldwide.
In the scene where Nancy is talking to Leshing in the projecting room, Leshing mentions that he hasn't been in the room since the night Dehlia Draycott died. He then goes on to mention that she died in 1971. However, in the scene where Nancy and Jane are watching a documentary about Dehlia, they show a scene from one of her movies "Twighlight in China" and at the bottom it says the movie was made in 1980. But thats wrong. Leshing said that he started to work for Dehlia in 1971. When Nancy looks for info about Dehlia Draycott at her computer it comes up that Dehlia died in 1981. So that bloop is a bloop it self.
- "Come To California" (Matthew Sweet)
- "Perfect Misfit" (Liz Phair)
- "Kids in America" (The Donnas)
- "Pretty Much Amazing" (Joanna)
- "Looking For Clues" (Katie Melua)
- "Hey Nancy Drew" (Chris Price)
- "Like A Star" (Corinne Bailey Rae)
- "Nice Day" (Persephone's Bees)
- "Blue Monday" (Flunk)
- "We Came To Party" (J-Kwon)
- "All I Need" (Cupid)
- "Party Tonight" (Bizarre)
Notes and references
- ^ Nancy Drew. Retrieved on July 1, 2007.
- ^ Discoveries. Retrieved on July 1, 2007.
- ^ 'Nancy Drew' solves the modern girl blues.. Retrieved on July 1, 2007.
- ^ Teen detective dazzles as she takes on Tinseltown. Retrieved on July 2, 2007.
- ^ Filming locations for Nancy Drew (2007). Retrieved on July 2, 2007.
- ^ Nancy Drew. Retrieved on January 17, 2008.
- ^ Nancy Drew. Retrieved on July 2, 2007.
- Official website
- Nancy Drew at the Internet Movie Database
- Nancy Drew at Rotten Tomatoes
- Movie Stills
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew The Slumber Party Secret, etc.
Sleepover Sleuths, etc. Nancy Drew On Campus New Lives, New Loves, etc. Nancy Drew (All New) Girl Detective,
Papercutz' Girl Detective graphic novels Without a Trace · A Race Against Time, etc.
Where's Nancy?, etc.
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