The perils of Jodie Foster
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Nim's Island( Fox Walden )
The character: Adventure novelist Alex Rover
The peril: Life. Though Alex writes dashing adventure novels featuring an Indiana Jones-type hero, also named Alex Rover, she is actually a panic-stricken agoraphobic who spends her time holed up in her San Francisco apartment, where she eats only a particular brand of canned soups, obsessively uses hand sanitizer and becomes hysterical at the sight of a spider.
Alex is forced to leave the confines of her safe existence to help a little girl named Nim (Abigail Breslin), who lives on an isolated island paradise in the South Pacific with her biologist father (Gerard Butler), after Alex learns that Nim's father has been lost at sea. Alex must bring herself to get on a plane, endure a treacherous helicopter ride in a monsoon and steal a boat in order to make it to the island. And one more thing: She learns to eat worms.