Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

DVD - 2019
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After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter in River Heights. But for sixteen-year-old Nancy Drew, life in a small town is mighty dull. She longs for excitement, adventure, and the chance to make a difference. Nancy gets that opportunity when she is asked to help solve the ghostly activity at the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs, and the ominous creature?

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Annieoywong
Aug 01, 2020

I loved the books when I was a teenager. I think the character of Nancy in the movie is quite different from the books.

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ttbooknerd10
Mar 24, 2020

I did not enjoy this film as much as I enjoyed the book. The character of Nancy drew completely replaced with a rebellious tomboy, which in my opinion was very unnecessary, it takes away one of the most important parts of the story, the main character! I didn't like the modernization of the story as I felt it took away from the actual story. I don't recommend this movie to anyone.

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craftgirl13
Mar 09, 2020

age 18+
Awful Portrayal of a positive Heroine
This movie does not do tribute to the original book in the least. This Nancy Drew does not even slightly resemble the real Nancy Drew, and so replaces the whole character. The movie does not modernize her, they completely replace her quality traits with new ones. The new character is not even an admirable one either. Do you want your girl to " be inspired" by a rebellious teen who gets in trouble with THE POLICE and gets community service for a prank that ruins the school locker rooms. Sorry or not, revenge is NOT an idea that should be portrayed in a heroine. Nancy then BREAKS INTO A SCHOOL LAB, and DRIVES A CAR UNDERAGE. Originally Nancy was a heroine with a head on her shoulders. She was smart in multiple ways. First, she always had a hunch that was somewhere near the truth. She could figure out a crook, and most of the time he didn't even realise how much she knew about him! Second, she was safety smart. Although Nancy was undeniably brave, she always knew when it was time to ask for help. She never made Stupid or careless desicions. The police were her friends, and while she didn't always tell them what she was up too, she turned in evidence, and let them know when she was closing in. She also told a close friend where she was going in case something went wrong. Nancy quite often takes along friends to help her, such as Bess and George, and the three often bring along their dates to assist in Sleuthing, and because safety comes in numbers. No amount of " girl power" was going to save Nancy if she was caught unaware. Despite the number of friends Nancy has, she never appears to rely too heavily on them and is quite self sufficient. Besides this, it is always Nancy who figures out the clues and saves the day, but is always modest in her accomplishments. True accomplishments speak for themselves. Too bad such an admirable Heroine is considered 'outdated', but old fashioned heroines seem so much better than the new modern heros ( ine dropped).Perhaps we should look to the girls who had traits to live up to instead of living down too, really feminine characters who made being a girl something that didn't need fixing or masculinization. Nancy's rebellion in this movie is only to undermine every adult in this movie, rather it is a police officer, or her parent. This movie will also scare young children -8, but is not intertaining enough for anyone older.

Note: If you would like to see a better version of Nancy drew check out the four movies with Bonita Granville from 1938. Much more enjoyable to watch, and with a much more suspenseful plot, while hardly being scary.

VaughanPLDonnalee Dec 31, 2019

I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would. I had feared it would be dreadful, but it wasn't, so yay. Sophia Lillis doesn't really look like Nancy Drew, IMO, but she actually was very likeable in the part and played a modern Nancy with charm and zest. The film was pleasant enough. The mystery wasn't very good, but there was a fair amount of humour and lightness in the story and it zipped along well enough. This could be a very passable and entertaining movie for older children and younger teens. It wasn't the best movie ever, but it was fun and I would watch a sequel if they made one. They were definitely trying to update Nancy Drew and modernize her. I didn't think everything they did was completely successful, but as a long-time Nancy Drew fan who really prefers Nancy Drew from the 1930's, I was still able to enjoy this version and it was fun overall. My favourite depiction of Nancy is still the four Bonita Granville movies from the 1930's. I really love those ones!!!!

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booksmile
Nov 29, 2019

Loved the books as a kid/teenager and this movie is a great adaptation. Brings Nancy Drew up to date with modern sensibilities, has a bit of fun and a lot of heart and a lot of girls/women being awesome!

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bkwrm1216
Nov 15, 2019

Charming and inventive. Loved the actress playing Nancy, she'll be a star. Clever writing and it was great seeing a fine actress like Linda Lavin.

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grammaE
Nov 12, 2019

Not very good.

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macrw3
Sep 02, 2019

Definitely for a very young demographic.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Aug 20, 2019

I was super excited for this updated and yet nostalgic version of Nancy Drew. It did not quite live up to my expectations but was cute non the less.

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RobertC65
Jul 31, 2019

This was a really great adaption of the Nancy Drew book. I enjoyed the 'new' Nancy Drew in a modern setting-and this family friendly film had something for everyone! Enjoy!

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Mar 24, 2020

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Apr 15, 2019

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