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Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Not an entirely cruel summer. Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

RidicuTastic Splendiferousness Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    37

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though the lead actress, newcomer Jordana Beatty, gives a spunky performance as third-grader Judy, her character's borderline bratty charm wears thin fast. Mostly it's undercut by the movie's irritatingly antic slapstick style.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The lesson is that fun can't be planned, but the film is so airless (think iCarly as a videogame) that there isn't a truly playful moment in it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A film that little kids might find perfectly acceptable. Little, little, little kids. My best guess is, above fourth-grade level, you'd be pushing it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film wants to put on screen the sense of random play and concentrated games that fill a child's world for a few summers. In this it succeeds, but the film does not welcome others who might still retain memories of those NOT bummer summers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Popular book heroine gets a bummer adaptation.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this big-screen adaptation of Megan McDonald's popular kids' books follows elementary schooler Judy Moody as she experiences a summer of fun that's fine for younger audiences, especially those familiar with the stories. The humor does veer toward the potty variety -- expect a couple of scatological words like "crap" and the sight of Judy covered in blue vomit and a toad peeing on her friend -- but otherwise there's not much that parents are likely to find objectionable. And Judy learns a valuable lesson: that having a meaningful summer isn't about ticking off "thrilling" activities on a chart but rather enjoying your family and each day's adventures.

  • Families can talk about Judy's summer goal and her jealousy of her best friends. Kids: Is it hard when it seems like your friends are going to have a more exciting vacation than you? What does Judy's story teach you about that?
  • How does this movie compare to other kids' book adaptations? Which are your favorites?
  • Even though Stink gets on Judy's nerves, they seem to have a better relationship than other movie siblings. How believable are their interactions?
  • Do you consider Aunt Opal to be a good role model for the kids? Do you have any relatives like her?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: The story isn't meant to be educational, but kids will learn about the Bigfoot myth, as well as the definition of a "guerrilla artist."

  • message true3

    Messages: Judy's summer experience offers some positive messages about the importance of not trying to force yourself to do exciting things but instead simply enjoying the moment and finding what's amusing in your everyday life. When Judy and her family come together for the Bigfoot escapade, she realizes that she really can have a fab summer even without her chart and her friends.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Although she's a little bit flaky and irresponsible (and not exactly a safe driver), Aunt Opal is kind and willing to help Judy in her attempts to win thrill points. Frank, despite being bossed around constantly, is a good friend to Judy and has the courage to tell her when she's being inconsiderate. Judy learns to appreciate her family, friends, and time at home for the summer.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Some slapstick comedy -- like kids falling and tripping and cars hitting things -- but no one is hurt. Kids cross a creek unsupervised on a tight rope. In scenes featuring wild driving, it doesn't look as though anyone is wearing a seat belt. One scene features three kids on the same bike, with only one wearing a helmet.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Aunt Opal wears some pretty short shorts and has mild cleavage in one outfit.

  • language false1

    Language: Infrequent use of words like "dumb," "stupid," and "oh my God," as well as scatological words including "poo," "crap," and "pee."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: A few noticeable product placements -- like a Dyson vacuum, the Apple MacBook computer, Microsoft's Bing search engine, the Toyota Prius, and the website GiantHello.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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