“When her best-laid plans for a summer full of fun go comically awry, an imaginative young girl creates her own vacation adventures in Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer. Based on the beloved, bestselling book series by Megan McDonald, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is an irresistible and delightfully funny treat for adventure-loving kids and adults. This summer, third grader Judy Moody is planning the most super-duper, double-rare summer vacation ever with best friends Rocky and Amy. Except that it turns out Rocky is going to circus camp to learn to tame lions, and Amy is headed off to Borneo with her mom to save a lost tribe while Judy stays home with her pesky little brother Stink and second-best friend Frank Pearl. Just when she thinks things are as rotten as they can be, her parents announce that they will be going to California and Judy will have to stay behind with her Aunt Opal, who she’s never even met! It looks like Judy’s best summer ever has just become her way worst summer ever. But feisty, fearless and ever-funny Judy Moody never gives up! With help from some unexpected sources, she’s headed for a summer full of surprises in this charming and spirited family film. Get ready, get set, get MOODY!”
As a teacher, I am familiar with the Judy Moody books and was excited to see how the movie translated to the screen. This is definitely a fun movie for your kids to see this summer.
There were several things that I liked about this movie. One of my favorite things was how they brought in some animated sequences into the film. When Judy gets into her ‘imagination,’ you get to see the adventure inside her head. These sequences are animated.
During the film, Judy and her friends are trying to see who can earn the most ‘thrill points’ during the summer. It was hilarious to see the different things that Judy would do to earn her thrill points. For me the most memorable were the roller coaster sequence and the hunt for the legendary Bigfoot.
I thought that the actress you played Judy Moody, Jordana Beatty, did a great job. She really caught the spirit of the character. I also really like Heather Graham as Judy’s Aunt Opal. She is the cool aunt that all kids want!
If you are looking for a fun summer movie for your kids, Judy Moody is worth checking out!
Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is rated PG and opens today in theaters!
**I attended a screening of Judy Moody for this review.