Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer!

REVIEWS | | June 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

On Wednesday we got to a view a screening of Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer. We have been looking forward to this movie as my daughter has started chapter books though not yet on Judy Moody (still ready Junie B. Jones) and Judy Moody’s sense of style so closely matches (or should I say mismatches) my daughter’s style.

Normally used to watching kid’s movies in the way of animation we have been choosing carefully family movies that hopefully hold their attention but are minus the meanness that seems part and parcel of so-called “family” shows. I was eager to see a kid play being a kid and a movie about kids, not just they happen to be in the show. Being new to the Judy Moody character I immediately loved the vibrancy and the colors. Starting out at a point of school closing and summer about to begin was easy for my kids to relate to as we close school in a week or so.  The challenge from their teacher Jaleel White (Steve Urkel from Family Matters) to find him throughout the summer set the tone for the movie. Also it was refreshing to see that even though they did not like pop quiz at first they all enjoyed finding the answers and they did really like their teacher – refreshing to say the least.

Of course we need mom and dad out of the way before adventure begins – but as they head out of town Aunt Opal (Heather Graham) is reeled in to babysit. I was lucky enough to see Heather Graham while she was in LA for the promo for this movie (I was there for a media event for Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and have to say she suited the role of the artsy aunt to a T. Judy’s elaborate plan (points and rating system included) for a fabulous summer with friends is dashed as most of them head to adventures of their own.

With every plan to have fun foiled Judy begins to feel that the summer will be a failure. I would tell you these but you should really watch the attempts yourself. Then enters Big Foot and stops me from giving you more about the movie. Australian actress Jordana Beatty (Superman Returns) as Judy Moody is perefectly cast as a typical 3rd grader. If you are expecting the huge adrenaline pumping action and deep drama and mind-boggling mystery you will not find it here. Here you see things from a kid’s view with freshness and fun infused.

Disclosure: I was invited to view a screening as media.

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