Trailer Blazer: 'Nim's Island'

Once upon a time, I’d have said that multiple Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster could do anything and sell it to the camera. But after seeing this…

…I think I’ve gotta revise that statement. There is one thing she can’t do: hapless. I’m all for actors realizing that their body of work isn’t appropriate for their own kids, and so they make a family film as a result. I’m convinced that’s why most of the UK’s finest are lining up to be in Harry Potter flicks. But this warmed-over take on Romancing the Stone—timid genre novelist must shed her cloistered life and plunge into the very world she writes about—just feels so forced, so lacking in spirit, that I can’t imagine any kid opting for this over, say, braces. And Jodie looks so out of her element it’s a little painful to watch. Every character she’s ever played has had a sense of command; and despite her mistakes, she’s always been the captain of her own fate. But here, she just looks lost at sea…sometimes literally. (And poor Gerard Butler is well on his way to squandering all that goodwill he earned in 300. This and P.S: I Love You are no way to cultivate the crowd that made you a star.)

Granted, I could be wrong—I thought Alvin and the Chipmunks looked like a steaming pile of bad and it made, like, a gazillion dollars and counting—but Nim’s could well be the answer to "What if they threw a family film and nobody came?"

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  • Kat

    I liked the clip. So did my kids. I’ll take them when it comes out. It has Jodi Foster in it so it should be good. She usually does good movies. She is trying something new, good for her.

  • Scott

    Call me crazy, or a sucker for cheesy family adventure films…or both. But this doesn’t look that bad to me. Of course, I wouldn’t pay money to see it in a theater, but I don’t think it’s a bad idea for Jodi Foster to step outside her tried and true “tough girl gets even” persona. Besides, this film looks a heck of a lot better than ‘Maverick’ ever did to me.

  • Marie

    It actually looks like it could be kinda cute.

  • Katie

    I’m with pp…I actually think this looks sort of fun. I have a 9 year old daughter and would probably take her to this and enjoy it myself…okay, it’s not “Silence of the Lambs”, but variety is a good thing!

  • Allen

    I thought this looked fun as well. I laughed at several lines and I thought it just looked enjoyable. I’ll go see it, and I’m not a kid.

  • Jane

    What are you talking about this trailer was hilarious? And Jodie shows in it that she is a natural at comedy. It’s just a goofy kids movie and the idea of her playing a agoraphobic, germaphobic writer is funny and of itself. It’s supposed to be a little forced because it’s in a kid’s imagination. You’re forgetting that Jodie did tons of family comedies for Disney as a kid and was fabulous in them and she was brilliant in Maverick. I think you have JOdie as the thriller actress engraved in your mind so much that you don’t want to accept her anything else and that’s really unfair because so many people thought she was funny and great in the trailer.

  • Catzak

    I thought this movie looked enjoyable as well. I’d love to take my nieces to see it.

  • paige

    did abigail breslin just get top billed over jodie foster???? i’m not interested in this movie but jodie foster looks comfortable, i dont know what youre talkin bout.

  • michelle

    Looks like great fun and a great family film. I read the book to my kids – Jodi Foster fits the role. As far as Gerard Butler is concerned kudos to the guy – he sure has more talent that the usual action star in Hollywood. It looks to me that he’s heading for major stardom.

  • Lise

    Nah, I’m with Marc. It looks really bad, so cliched.

  • Murderpuss

    I don’t think it looks that bad. Jodie hasn’t made a lighthearted movie in ages. Remember she was the Disney queen of the 70s. There’s no reason why she can’t pull this off.

  • HollyG

    With all due respect, Marc – I don’t think you’re the “target audience” here. What’s not appealing to me, IS appealing to my 8yr old son — he LOVES this trailer! I can only thank heavens that I’ll have some eye-candy, in the form of Gerard Butler, to get me through what promises to be multiple viewings.

  • T-Rex

    Rip-off! That’s the trailer music from WALL.E. I can’t watch it now. I’m going to watch the WALL.E trailer again instead.

  • teekay

    I saw Candleshoe a gazillion times growing up, which is probably why I’m giving this one the beneift of the doubt.

  • Gringo

    I couldn’t even make it halfway through that trailer. I can appreciate that she’s doing that more for her kids than her career and; therefore, I am not the target audience. However, I would think that if anyone could pull a kids movie off it would be Jodie.

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