Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)
Author Clayton Crooks
Mon 13 Jun 11
"Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer" is a kid friendly comedy based on the best selling book by Megan McDonald. It's a movie that's very much like its intended audiences; it jumps around a great deal, and doesn't have much of an attention span. Nonetheless, it is these attributes that the younger kids in your family, say 5th grade or less, will certainly enjoy. There's not much for parents in this one, so it would be a great option to see it when comes out on Blu-Ray or DVD.
The entire movie is based around the main character, a young redheaded girl named Judy Moody, who is played by Jordana Beatty. School is just getting out and Judy devises a plan to make sure that this summer is the best ever for her and her friends. The plan is a series of events she calls a Thrill Chart that they can do during their summer vacation. It includes things that kids would find amazing, such as riding a roller coaster. For each event they do, they get points. Unfortunately, the plans are quickly altered when she finds out her friends are all going away on interesting adventures while she is going to be stuck at home with her Aunt Opal (Heather Graham) and younger brother, Stink (Parris Mosteller) who also happens to be obsessed with Big Foot.
As you might guess, Aunt Opal isn't nearly as bad as Judy originally thinks, and they even make plans at the end of the movie to continue their adeventure (a sequel perhaps?). Judy's checklist of things ends up back in the center of the action as she changes her plan into a sort of race that each of her friends can do, even while in other locations. Along the way, there are lots of jokes, that kids seem to enjoy, about things like bodily functions.
"Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer" is a fun movie for a younger audience that is mild-mannered enough to keep parents happy (but probably not interested in the film). Kids will definitely relate to the two young actors, Parris Mosteller and Jordana Beatty as they really do fine jobs in the film. Most of the adult characters are rather drab, but Heather Graham fits the part of the quirky-hippy Aunt Opal. If you've got a couple of young children, it would make for a fun afternoon, or as I've alaredy mentioned, it would be a fantastic rental once it's availalbe on Blu-Ray or DVD.
MPAA Rating: PG, for mild rude humor and language.
Cast: Jordana Beatty (Judy Moody), Heather Graham (Aunt Opal), Preston Bailey (Frank), Jaleel White (Mr. Todd)Credits: Directed by John Schultz, written by Megan McDonald and Kathy Waugh, produced by Sara Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness.
A Relativity Media release. Running time: 1:31.
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