Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase

Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase
Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase
  • PG
  • 1h 29m
  • 2019
Fresh67%
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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 16-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? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy is determined to solve the mystery! Join Sophia Lillis (Stephen King’s It) as Nancy in this thrilling mystery that will keep you guessing till the very end!

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Sparkling book adaptation has great characters, some scares.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is based on a classic 1930 Nancy Drew mystery book and is aimed at tweens and young teens. Though the story involves a politically motivated kidnapping and a supposedly haunted house, the scariest moment is during what turns out to be a dream sequence, when a creepy mask is pulled away to reveal a blank void. A man is kidnapped and threatened with death by gun-wielding abductors. A young teen talks briefly about her mother, who has died; another is cyberbullied, and she and her friends respond in kind -- facing consequences/punishment as a result. Teen girls are chased, threatened, and briefly grabbed by adults; one character stabs another in the hand; and, after a villain is given a hallucinogenic substance, he sees frightening visions. Characters talk about boyfriends/girlfriends, dating, and crushes, and a male character gives Nancy (Sophia Lillis) loaded glances and special attention. An older character with a past as a burlesque dancer is depicted as still sexual; she refers to a long list of "gentlemen callers." Language is mild but includes "damning," "oh my God," "loser," "butt," "freaking," etc. Positive messages include courage and teamwork, and strong role models (mostly female) are at the center of the action.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:March 15, 2019
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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