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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer: A Movie Review

Updated on July 5, 2011

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is a summer treat for younger children. The colorful (literally as you’ll seen in the movie) story is written to entertain young children and the cast members do a great job making sure their characters do so on the big screen.

Besides a plot that will keep your kids wondering what will happen next, there is a nice blend of animation involved. Whenever Judy imagines something, the thought is animated, and there is colorful animated text that is sprinkled throughout the movie. Also, the children’s characters stay within a third graders realm with their behavior, Judy’s tomboy clothing (check out the mix matched converse shoes she wears), and that frizzy red hair (because brazilian blow outs aren’t on the typical third grader’s most wanted list).

The story is based on third grader Judy’s (Jordana Beatty) attempts to ensure that her and her friends do not have a bummer summer this year. She creates a Thrill Chart, where thrill points are collected once a cool activity is complete and whoever has the most points win. But there are some unforeseen problems in Judy’s way: two of her best friends are going away to circus camp and to save a lost tribe in Borneo; she has to find her teacher somewhere hiding in town for a sweet reward; and being left with her Aunt Opal while her parents fly out toCalifornia. So our poor Judy is bummed out because of these problems (including her Big Foot hunting brother Stink, and having all her thrill attempts spoiled by her last remaining friend in town).

But, as with all children’s movies, the silver lining of Judy’s rainy cloud is reveled with the help of her world traveling underground artist Aunt Opal (Heather Graham) and her friends that show her how her summer activities were thrill points worthy.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is a definite crowd pleaser and should be a dvd buy once released. To some it up in one word, this movie is ‘Rare!’

Cast: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller,Preston Bailey, Jaleel White, Janet Varney, Kristoffer Rya Winters

Director: John Schultz

Rated: PG for some mild rude humor and some language

Running Time: 91 minutes

Theatrical Release Date: June 10, 2011


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