Source: Catholic News Service
Reasonably involving, though strictly formulaic, yarn about a plucky teenage detective (Emma Roberts) who, despite her father's (Tate Donovan) admonition to stop "sleuthing" when they move from a small town to Los Angeles, can't resist the urge to unravel the mystery behind a Hollywood actress's death years ago, with the aid of a 12-year-old admirer (Josh Flitter) and her shy boyfriend from back home (Max Thieriot) while she holds her own with the bratty girls in high school who disparage her geeky ways. Director and co-writer Andrew Fleming puts a contemporary spin on the enduring heroine (created in 1930), which Drew aficionados may decry, but despite Nancy's aforementioned secretive snooping and a few other elements which follow keeps an overall innocent -- if savvy -- spirit, and allows her to operate with integrity. A character presumably born out of wedlock, light violence, mild innuendo and mild disobedience of parental authority. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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