Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
20th Century Fox
Joseph Kwong and Paula Mazur
Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin
Anything can happen on Nim's Island, a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination. It is an existence that mirrors that of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover- the world's greatest adventurer. But Alexandra, the author of the Rover books, leads a reclusive life in the big city. When Nim's father goes missing from their island, a twist of fate brings her together with Alexandra. Now, they must draw courage from their fictional hero, Alex Rover, and find strength in one another to conquer Nim's Island.
This is a film that is clever and thrilling! Alex Rover is the world's greatest adventurer in books, but the author Alexandra Rover is another matter entirely. She suffers from agoraphobia, and is called upon to leave her safe haven at home to help a young girl stranded alone on an island. The adventures soon kick in and this is where the fun really begins. In contrast, we see Alexandra hanging on for dear life as she travels across the world in search of Nim where she endures more than one close call.
Abigail Breslin turns in a fine performance as young Nim, and Jodi Foster has some very funny moments including a scene when a spider appears on her computer. Gerard Butler is good too in his double role as both Nim's dad and the fictional character Alex Rover. While the movie has some intense moments, it is a wholesome film and we happily award it our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal. We suggest you get stranded on "Nim's Island" at your local theater. It is an imaginative adventure all the way!
Content Description: Sex: None Language: D-2; G/OMG-4; Bloody-1; Cr*p-1 Violence: A tied-up and blindfolded man fights with several characters; a fictional character is thrown into a volcano; a storm at sea; sharks attack a boat; a girl has a fall down the side of mountain and winds up with a bloody knee. Drugs: The mixing of drinks in one scene. Nudity: Cleavage; strong cleavage with one character; dancers with bare midriffs. Other: A character throws up a couple of times but we only hear the sound; an eleven-year-old girl is left alone on an island; a woman almost drowns; a daughter calls her father by both his first name and "dad" alternately throughout the film.