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Nancy Drew | 2007 | PG | - 2.3.1

Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) is a resourceful teenager, who's obsessed with solving mysteries. While well-liked and respected as an amateur detective in her small, idyllic hometown, she and her father move to Los Angeles, and she vows to stop sleuthing so that he won't have to worry about her. But she is hard pressed to live up to her promise, especially since they have moved into the house of a late actress who died under very mysterious circumstances. Also with Tate Donovan, Barry Bostwick, Laura Elena Harring and Josh Flitter. Directed by Andrew Fleming. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A teenage girl and a teenage boy kiss tenderly.
 A teenage girl flirts with a teenage boy and chases him around a store. Teenage boys and teenage girls dance together at a party. A teenage girl and a teenage boy look at each other romantically and smile.
 A teenage girl leans over a boy who has been choking and appears to need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and before she reaches his lips he giggles (he had been pretending); another girl in a crowd yells at him and says, "you were supposed to kiss her."
 Two teenage girls wear short tops and skirts that reveal bare abdomens and thighs.
 A teenage boy says that he and a teenage girl were "making out." A young woman says that she had to "get away" from her adoptive father (alluding to some kind of abuse). Two teenage girls talk about a teenage boy and one says, "He's cute."
 A teenage boy smitten with a teenage girl worries about her forgetting him when she moves away.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teenage girl lies unconscious on the floor, we are told that she had an allergic reaction to peanuts, and another girl presumably performs a tracheotomy (we see a crowd's reaction but do not see any blood or the procedure).
 A teenage girl finds a bomb in her car, she picks it up, runs with it, drops it into a sewer and it explodes; she is then seen lying unconscious on the ground, surrounded by rubble (she's OK).
 Three men threaten a teenage girl, one holds a gun on her, then threatens to strangle her, and another man strikes two of the men in the head with a shovel knocking them unconscious.
 A teenage girl jumps out of a moving car and rolls on the street, a man from inside the car reaches for her, he is pulled back inside the car by another man who strikes him, and we hear later that he was locked in the trunk of the car.
 A teenage girl runs through a dark tunnel, finds herself face-to-face with a man who grabs her and squeezes her face between his hands and yells at her, she kicks him and runs, and he chases her and grabs her again, whereupon she kicks him again and gets away.
 A teenage girl walks across rickety scaffolding, she falls, she is chased by three men, she jumps onto the back of a moving garbage truck, gets into her car and is then chased by the men in their car: they ram her, she spins out of control into a busy intersection and crashes into a parked car (we see her with a bruise and a scab on her forehead).
 Men in a car chase a teenage girl in another car, and one car crashes into a street cart. A boy and a teenage girl are nearly struck by a speeding car, and they jump out of the way while the car slams into a cement wall.
 A teenage girl climbs up a rope and onto a balcony, she is being chased by two men, she climbs out a window and onto a roof, she slips down the roof and clings from the gutter, and she lowers herself safely by a rope and rappels down the side of the building.
 A teenage girl is grabbed and taken away in a van, she wakes up and is OK but she is locked in a room. A man trips and falls on the floor (he's OK) and a boy trips and falls on the floor (he's OK).
 A teenage girl wakes up and sees the ghostly image of a woman who leans over her and tells her something. A teenage girl sees the ghostly image of a woman speaking to her, and she is frightened briefly until a film projector is revealed as the source of the image.
 The caretaker of a house is solemn and scary looking and he appears as if out of nowhere a few times (he also tells a teenage girl that he is a ghost). A teenage girl finds a secret passageway in a house, she hears skittering, and she creeps through a dark tunnel and finds herself in the laundry room of an apartment building. There are several scenes where a teenage girl hears noises in a dark house, each accompanied by menacing music and she tries to track down the source of the noises but finds nothing each time. A gust of wind blows through a room, scattering photographs and slamming a door.
 A young woman says that she had to "get away from" her adoptive father (alluding to some kind of abuse). A teenage girl receives a few threatening phone calls telling her that she "will be harmed." We hear about a mysterious disappearance and return of a woman and that when she returned she is found dead in her swimming pool. We hear that a woman's child was taken away from her by child protective services because she was deemed an "unfit mother." A young woman and a teenage girl talk about their mothers dying while young. A boy talks about his sister and says, "She might be the devil." A woman says of a man, "he gives me the willies" and says, "He's the drowning kittens type." A woman talks about people being so frightened that they wet their pants.
 Two men are grabbed and handcuffed by police officers (they struggle briefly). Two men rummage through desk drawers, a teenage girl hides in a closet, they find her, they tie a security guard by the hands and cover his mouth and she negotiates with them in order to turn themselves in, which they agree to do.
 A boy falls to the floor and appears to be choking, and a girl yells out for someone in the crowd who might know CPR to help him (it turns out that he is pretending). A teenage girl is humiliated by being convinced that a boy was choking and that he needed CPR in front of a crowd of people -- he was only kidding.
 A teenage girl throws a party that ends up being wild and loud and the police are called by a neighbor to break it up. Two teenage girls tease and make fun of another girl in several scenes.
 We see several sketches of a girl in perilous situations. A teenage girl steals another girl's cupcake and smears some on a boy's face.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 2 scatological terms, 1 mild obscenity, 1 derogatory term for the mentally challenged, name-calling (cranky, fancy pants, idiot, muffins), 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mysteries, helping people, sleuthing, death of a mother, the shallow nature of some people, Hollywood, adoption, child abuse, eviction, giving a child up for adoption, changing schools, adopted children meeting biological parents, being different, murder, single motherhood, fatherhood, bribery, humiliation, the Loch Ness monster.

MESSAGE - Forbidding a child from doing something that they love will make them go on doing it, but in secret.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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