Reviewer's grade: B
Jodie Foster flashes back to her days as a Disney child star " although this time Abagail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") is the kid and Foster is the hapless adult " in this comfortable adventure yarn for tween girls. Foster is the nervous author of a series of adventure stories and Gerard Butler ("300") is her imaginary friend and main character in her books. He's an Indiana Jones kind of guy; she's a Don Knotts kind of gal.
When 11-year-old Nim is left alone on a hidden island halfway around the world, Foster's scaredy-pants writer receives an SOS e-mail and sets out to rescue her. It's all harder to swallow than a porcupine's tail, but it's safe and pushes all the right buttons for its intended demographic " a tropical tree house, clever and exotic pets, and a child who saves the island from discovery. PG