Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +4

Content: +3

Directed by John Schultz (Aliens in the Attic, Like Mike). Main Actors: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller, Preston Bailey.

FILM SYNOPSIS:Fun and funny antics dominate this clever adaptation of Megan McDonald’s book series featuring 3rd grader Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty), her good friend Frank (Preston Bailey) and little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller). Energetic Judy dreads summer vacation as her classmates all leave town for exotic vacations or summer camps. Even her parents are taking a trip, adding insult to injury. Dad’s sister Opal (Heather Graham) agrees to leave Bali to take care of her niece and nephew. A potentially boring summer quickly turns wild as Aunt Opal, a kind of an “Auntie Mame” character, appears on the scene. She’s single, pretty and 30-something going on 12. Judy, Stink and Frank are quickly won over by Opal and the four of them become involved in solving the mystery of a reported Bigfoot gorilla-like animal terrorizing the town.

This summer movie is refreshing for children in the 5-12 age group – live actors, no 3-D glasses and an honest portrayal of how creative and imaginative children can be without structured, constant supervision; it’s a treat instead of a treatment.

PREVIEW REVIEW:Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is a celebration of youth and its innocence. These children are not absorbed in computer games, mean-spirited or revenge-seeking. They just want to enjoy the freedom of summer. Time enough for all the negative influences and raging hormones in their teens. Yes, they giggle at the mention of poop, throw up after eating too much junk food, and think nothing is impossible. Free-spirited Opal causes more problems than her charges because she doesn’t have a clue about discipline nor is there any kind of order in her life. She packs a picnic lunch that accidentally includes poop on the sandwiches and drives like a maniac. She also tells the children wonderful stories about exotic places she has lived and her many adventures.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Relativity Media

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Crude terms for excrement (poop, crap)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None clearly heard but possible exclamatory OMG’s

Violence: Non-threatening slapstick action (aunt drives recklessly, causing property damage; potentially dangerous falls, but no injuries)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Boy throws up on roller coaster; adult in charge of children creates chaos

Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Families

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