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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Carman ...
Ensign (as Christopher Baker)
Maddison Joyce ...
Russell Butler ...
Old Fisherman
Colin Gibson ...
Cruise Director
Bryan Probets ...
Australian Tourist #1
Andrew Nason ...
Australian Tourist #2
Dorothy Thorsen ...
Blue-Haired Woman


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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


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 »


(at around 13 mins) There is no such thing as a "Southern Borealis". That is an oxymoron as Borealis means Northern. They probably mean Aurora Australis. This mistake is corrected in the Spanish dubbing of the film. See more »


Nim Rusoe: [to Alexandra] You came here all the way from San Fransisco and you don't know how to do anything.
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Followed by Return to Nim's Island (2013) See more »


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Think Like A Kid And This Will Be Tolerable & Fun
6 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Silly? Yes. Predictable? Yes. For Kids? Yes. Entertaining? Yes.....even for adults, IF you don't take anything seriously and expect something a little dumb but charming.nonetheless. Picture yourself as a kid watching a movie and you'll enjoy it a lot more, because it's definitely a children's film. It also has an involving story. Once it starts you have to stick around and see how it winds up. With some movies, I could care less but this one, I cared.

For those who have kids age 5-12, this is highly recommended. For adults, well, it's not bad. If you're looking for "clean" entertainment, you found it. It's not goody-goody, either, and it's not always a smart family movie (a father leaving his kid all alone for several days?) but it's a nice movie, has funny animal characters, a lead kid who is not a brat, nice island scenery, one big-name actress (Jodie Foster) and is a diversion for an hour-and-a-half.

The little dragon "Fred" is the best of the non-humans. I don't know if that's the real noise that lizard makes, but it's fun to hear. Seals are always entertaining, too. The one in this film is very talented.

As for the humans, Abigail Breslin as "Nim Rusoe" is a cute, likable kid. Gerard Butler plays both male leads and does them well enough that you forget he's doing two characters. Seeing Foster do slapstick while being a female "Mr. Monk" was a little odd but, I'm not going to knock her for trying.

As another reviewer said here, put yourself in a little kid's shoes and enjoy the film.

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