Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Film, Family and kids
2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars
A kid-lit staple like Judy Moody was destined for the big screen, but this franchise kick-starter skews more toward the tween-TV side of things. Judy’s hyperactive imagination is translated as nothing but a blitzkrieg of overstimulation: wacky animated vignettes, bubble-lensed mugging and blurry and speedy action scenes. Kids will find this ADD adaptation to be like chowing down several bowls of sugary cereal. Adults will feel like they’ve endured nonstop Nickelodeon-channel programming.

Yes, any movie involving our precocious heroine (Jordana Beatty) dreaming up the ‘most way-cool, double-rare summer plans ever!’ is destined to be frenetic, and whoever cast hippie-dippy Heather Graham as the daffy aunt deserves a raise. But the books’ wunderkind is missing, replaced by a generic eye-rolling, motormouthed preteen bopping around set-pieces. All the Big Foot obsessions, busybodying and blue vomit in the world aren’t a substitute for bringing Megan McDonald’s memorably goofy girl to life. Without that, you’re left cringing through a loud, manic bummer.

By: David Fear, Time Out New York



Release details

Release date:
Friday October 21 2011
92 mins

Cast and crew

John Schultz
Jordana Beatty
Heather Graham
Parris Mosteller
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