Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Director: John Schultz

Cast: John Schultz, Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller

     
 

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Megan McDonald's popular series of children's books comes to life on the big screen in this family-friendly adventure that finds mischievous third grader Judy Moody experiencing a summer she'll never forget. School is out, and with the endless possibilities that summer has to offer, Judy (Jordana Beatty)

Overview

Megan McDonald's popular series of children's books comes to life on the big screen in this family-friendly adventure that finds mischievous third grader Judy Moody experiencing a summer she'll never forget. School is out, and with the endless possibilities that summer has to offer, Judy (Jordana Beatty) plans to have fun in the sun with her best pals Rocky and Amy. And right after learning that Rocky and Amy will both be leaving town with their families until fall, Judy finds out that her own parents are taking a trip to sunny California without the kids. At first Judy grows depressed at the thought of spending the summer at home with her little brother, Stink (Parris Mosteller), and their friend Frank Pearl, but once their aunt Opal (Heather Graham) arrives, things quickly start to look up. Later, after making a list of dares to spice up their summer at home, Judy and her friends discover you don't have to travel far to find real fun, because every day is an adventure if you want it to be.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
For the uninitiated, Megan McDonald's fictional heroine Judy Moody is the lead character in a series of books for those kids who have outgrown Ramona and Junie B. Jones but aren't ready for young-adult material just yet. The first movie inspired by those novels, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, isn't an adaptation, but rather a fresh adventure co-written by McDonald herself that feels aimed at a younger audience than her books shoot for. After finishing the third grade, Judy Moody (winningly played by newcomer Jordana Beatty) plans for the greatest summer ever with her three best friends. She's made a chart where they'll earn points for doing exciting stuff like riding roller coasters, but when she learns that two of her friends are going away for the summer she's worried the fun may never start. As if that weren't bad enough, mom and dad have to go to California and Aunt Opal (Heather Graham), whom Judy doesn't know, is coming to stay with her and her younger brother, Stink. Luckily, Opal turns out to be a cool bohemian artist, and soon she and Judy come up with outrageous, cool things to do all summer. There's a distorted cartoonish quality to the film's design -- the inside of the Moody home recalls a toned-down variation on the house Tim Burton created for Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and throughout the film words and drawings regularly appear onscreen. While all of this works to put us inside Judy's highly creative mind, the filmmakers would have been wise to remember that a little of that stuff goes a long way. The young Beatty charms early and often; she's neither dumb nor sickeningly precocious and director John Schultz mostly avoids the moments where she looks like a young actor following orders rather than just a kid reacting naturally. She's paired well with Parris Mosteller, the tyke portraying Stink -- he's saddled with an adorable speech impediment, and he's got the same otherworldly quality that Jonathan Lipnicki had in Jerry Maguire. With his Bigfoot fixation and his constant spouting of whatever comes into his little mind, Stink gets some of the biggest laughs in the movie. The problem with Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer is that it gets stuck in an uncomfortable valley between being an out-right farce and retaining some semblance of reality. It's trying hard to entertain kids, and fans will appreciate all the references to the books that are layered into the visuals. Sadly, it's frustrating that the movie never gets as wacky as the design makes us think it should be, but it's still too distorted to seem like real life -- as if the director didn't have the boldness to commit one way or the other. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer would be so much stronger if it had as much bold confidence in itself as its lead character does in herself.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
UPC:
0024543774693
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
22,695

Special Features

Join the Toad-Pee Club Interactive Video Game; Flippin' Out With the Cast; Camryn's "Wait And See" Music Video; 10 Things You Need To Know About Judy Moody; Judy Moody's Guide To Making a Movie; Deleted Scenes; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jordana Beatty Judy Moody
Heather Graham Aunt Opal
Parris Mosteller Stink Moody
Jaleel White Mr. Todd
Preston Bailey Frank
Garrett Ryan Rocky
Taylar Hender Amy
Ashley Boettcher Jessica Finch
Janet Varney Mom
Kristoffer Winters Dad
Sharon Sachs Rose
Robert Costanzo Herb
Cameron Boyce Hunter
Jackson Odell Zeke
Ashley Jackson Maddy
Doug MacMillan Trey-Paul Nevreby
Jenica Bergere Rocky's Mom
Dean Cameron Animated Reporter,Town Hall Official
Pedro Shanahan Mohawk Man
Megan Franich Ivy the Ticket Taker
Norwood Cheek Vampire Ticket Seller
Jenn Korbee Newscaster
Bobbi Sue Luther Young Woman
Richard Riehle Ringmaster
Cable Magness Bouncy Castle Boy
Frank Caronna Surf Instructor
Camryn Magness Zombie Cheerleader
James McManus Zombie Movie Narrator
Brian Palermo Zombie

Technical Credits
John Schultz Director
Eugene Adamov Set Decoration/Design
Julie Ashton Casting
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Cynthia Kay Charette Production Designer
Gina B. Cranham Set Decoration/Design
Mary Jane Fort Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Gibbs Score Composer
Valerie Green Art Director
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Bobbi Sue Luther Executive Producer
Gary Magness Producer
Shawn Maurer Cinematographer
Megan McDonald Screenwriter
Hal Olofsson Asst. Director
John Pace Editor
Reel FX Creative Studios Animator
Scott Sanders Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Siegel-Magness Producer
Andrew Sugerman Executive Producer
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Kathy Waugh Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
1. Scene 1 [3:15]
2. Scene 2 [4:13]
3. Scene 3 [3:58]
4. Scene 4 [3:41]
5. Scene 5 [4:11]
6. Scene 6 [4:06]
7. Scene 7 [3:31]
8. Scene 8 [3:42]
9. Scene 9 [3:03]
10. Scene 10 [3:57]
11. Scene 11 [3:24]
12. Scene 12 [3:54]
13. Scene 13 [3:36]
14. Scene 14 [1:37]
15. Scene 15 [4:19]
16. Scene 16 [5:57]
17. Scene 17 [3:57]
18. Scene 18 [2:51]
19. Scene 19 [5:05]
20. Scene 20 [4:00]
21. Scene 21 [5:11]
22. Scene 22 [2:57]
23. Scene 23 [6:43]

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