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Nim's Island (2008)

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A young girl inhabits an isolated island with her scientist father and communicates with a reclusive author of the novel she's reading.


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Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. Written by

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Rated PG for mild adventure action and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La isla de Nim  »

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$37,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,210,579 (USA) (4 April 2008)


$48,006,503 (USA) (22 August 2008)

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The Australian sea lions used in the film are named Spud and Friday. Both reside at Sea World Australia, and shared the role of Selkie. See more »


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Above Average Family Movie
4 April 2008 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Nim's Island manages to never to go over the top and combines a nice comedy drama genre for the big screen. This movie has elements from The Last Action Hero (1993), Jumping Jack Flash (1986), and The Whalerider (2002), all fascinating looks at either imaginary or fantastical friends or exotic islands and a young woman's connection with marine life. What this movie is able to avoid is Home Alone (1990) dumb slapstick comedy. The script was very sensitive and careful with physical comedy and Jodie Foster's performance was dead on without becoming sloppy at all. Unfortunately, several of the plot points became close to cheesy, the volcano scenes had too much in the way of coincidental events, and the father's exploits teetered on unbelievable. Overall, though Nim's Island handled its material well, usually stayed within the bounds of acceptability in order to provide an entertaining, fun performance by Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. Seven out of Ten Stars.

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