Nancy Drew Reviews
In this PG-rated modern update of Nancy Drew, the clever teen sleuth (Roberts) leaves River Heights for Los Angeles and gets a leg up on a decades old unsolved case involving a murdered Hollywood starlet.
Infuriatingly likeable, Roberts does a laudable job of carrying this dreadful material. No explanation is given, however, for why the sleuth she plays and her attorney father (Donovon)-both purportedly sharp cookies--obliviously continue to live in the past while time has obviously marched on. This hook simply does not work and, worse yet, was not necessary. Between Robert?s likeability and the overwhelming potential for a winsome children?s detective franchise to easily win over an audience, Nancy Drew truly missed the boat. A ?50s-set detective tale involving a 16 year-old girl proved to be a winning formula for decades. Why this simple but proven blueprint would not work in 2007, given the right whodunit and some skilled hands, truly remains a mystery.
Bottom line: More fish-out-of-water comedy than whip-smart mystery.