Nim's Island Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Nim's Island

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    A courageous girl draws an action writer into her own high-seas adventure.

  • Starring:

    Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler

  • Directed by:

    Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)


    A woman appears to drown. In visual re-enactments of an action-adventure book, a man fights with a group of armed Arab guards using fists, kicks and sticks. A man is trussed to a stick then thrown into a volcano as a tribal sacrifice (story visualisation). Tribal dancers are seen. A man is knocked overboard (twice) by a huge wave. A man tries to spear a fish. A girl slips down a cliff-face, gashing her knee. Animals are catapulted through the air. Sharks circle a man in a capsizing boat. Items get smashed/knocked over in a storm. A girl uses a machete to cut rope. A woman hits her head/face on tree branches. Screaming, loud voices. Blood/gore: Bloody knee, cut. Bloody hand. Bloody bandage. Pus and swelling are mentioned.


    Beachwear and islander wear is worn.


    Alcohol (Beer, cocktails, punch. Piña coladas are mentioned.) A woman takes motion-sickness tablets.


    Cultural and ethnic stereotyping; name-calling.


    Adventure, daring, abandonment, trust, marine biology, ecology, loneliness, mental illness (OCD, agoraphobia), life-education, fantasy, escapism, hearing voices, isolation, independence, phobia, faith, triumph over adversity.


    Deceased mother is seen in flashback and frequently mentioned. Remote island setting. Scorching desert setting (during story). Sea lion, pelican, lizards (blue-tongue, bearded dragon, water dragon), fish, turtles, mealworms (eating is implied), camels, spiders, cobwebs, starfish, sharks, whale, plankton, caged foul, goat. Home-schooling. A girl travels down a flying-fox. Wild tropical storm with severe winds, thunder, lightning and heavy rain. A daughter frequently refers to her father by his first name. Leaky boat. Castaway. Fishing. Rock-climbing, abseiling. Volcano (erupts). Several high camera angles from on top of the volcano (down toward the ground) and aerials. A woman flosses her teeth. Spitting. Vomiting is heard. A nervous passenger is seen travelling on a jet, propeller plane and a helicopter. A sea lion farts (bubbles are seen and a bad smell is mentioned). A pig is roasted on a spit. Sausages cook on a barbecue. Stewing meat. Port-a-potties are seen. Flying lizards land on people's faces/heads. Rockfalls, avalanche, volcanic steam. Campfire.


    Beautiful graphics illustrate the telling of a family legend. Stunning Queensland scenery. Above-average family-friendly movie. Goodhearted, endearing. Abigail Breslin is spunky and brave; Jodie Foster is unexpectedly funny.


    Cultural and racial stereotypes. Infrequent interaction between performers results in flailing chemistry. The merging of three different story-lines may be confusing.

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