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Nim’s Island

Every month, when I sit down to write the trailer reviews for the upcoming issue I always do so under strained circumstances. I’ve got 2 other jobs, get no sleep and am usually in the process of some form of damage control or bullet dodging. And these reviews are always written under the influence of something, ranging from cheap beer and the last of the dog painkillers to paint thinner and pictures of celebrities with no makeup. This issue it’s Guinness and coming off a 12-hour Hell’s Kitchen Marathon with a side of Superchunk for good measure.

The effects of these generally random and usually puzzling regimens are sometimes imagined, but they mostly just fuel my anger and ulcers. This time I found an unexpected treat while watching what the movie studios have to offer. I found something that looks remotely decent or just silly enough to be enjoyable and may actually get a kick out of if I can achieve the same state of delirium I am currently experiencing.

Olive from Little Miss Sunshine plays a little girl who lives on an isolated tropical island with her father. Pa goes missing at sea and some pirates are about to invade. Her hero is a fictitious character out of some adventure novel series so she writes a deluded letter to him for help. Jodie Foster is the neurotic shut-in author of the books who’s convinced by the imaginary character from the books to go and help.

I liked this trailer for the same reason I like that video clip of the waterskiing squirrel, the dramatic chipmunk—they all caught me at the right time. Will I go to the theater to see Nim’s Island? Hell, no! But I won’t throw up in my mouth when I overhear someone talking about it. And sometimes that’s all you can ask for.

Next: Prom Night
More Trailer Reviews:

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