There just aren't enough good family movies around. (Thank goodness both Maximum Ride and the Dangerous Days of Daniel X have been bought by Hollywood, if I do say so myself.) And Nim's Island isn't a bad offering for the moment. The cast is certainly appealing—Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler are all fine and dandy in their parts. I liked it, Sue liked it, and so did ten year old Jack. 'Nuff said.
Having read several of the newspaper critics I went into this one expecting the worst, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it was made out to be. There's not much logic here, and at times it does operate like a TV movie, but the pace it good, and I for one happen to enjoy Al Pacino going over the top as an actor.
It's a tribute to Judd Apatow that he can produce movies with no stars that turn into hits. This one has a lot of funny scenes, but a little too much flabbiness. As well as some flaccidness (You'll understand if you see this one).