1 hour, 39 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language.
"Nancy Drew: Kids at Work" - Emma Roberts and friends up close and personal; Gag rel; Joanna "Pretty Much Amazing" music video; Mini-featurette gallery: Cool scenes with the cast and crew
Emma Roberts ... Nancy Drew
Josh Flitter ... Corky
Craig Gellis ... Thug
Rich Cooper ... Charlie
Max Thieriot ... Ned Nickerson
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Jane Brighton
Amy Bruckner ... Bess
Tate Donovan ... Carson Drew
Barry Bostwick ... Dashiel Biedermeyer
The teen detective Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts "Aquamarine") leaves her friendly hometown for the West Coast when her widowed father's business takes her to Los Angeles where she's enrolled at Hollywood High. She promises her worried Dad (Tate Donavan "Shooter") that she'll give up the "sleuthing" business, so she gets busy suggesting improvements to the principal of her new school and before long she's involved in one of the greatest unsolved cases of all time: the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of a famous actress, who by coincidence happens to have lived in the house they are now renting.
As of 2006, there were 175 official Nancy Drew Mysteries in publication, plus a number of spin-offs that have been a staple for young girls since they were first published in the 1930s. The movie will probably play well for its intended niche audience. As the quick-thinking, fearless title character, Emma Roberts conveys the required poise and self-confidence but never overcomes a certain blandness. Director Andrew Fleming ("The In-Laws") struggles to generate much human chemistry within the film's limited formula. The characters undergo nothing that could be remotely called interesting, the mystery is wafer-thin, and the slight plot is stretched to the breaking point in order to fill out the necessary hour and a half.