Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (2011)



Critic Consensus: Entertaining for some very young viewers, but for those with normal attention spans, Judy Moody is loud hyperactive overload.

Movie Info

The film chronicles Judy Moody's (Jordana Beatty) adventures in which she sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life with the help of her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and fun-loving Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). The script, penned by Kathy Waugh (Peep and the Big Wide World) and Megan McDonald, is based on the characters in McDonald's popular children's book series, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press. -- (C) Relativity

Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor and language.)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Megan McDonald, Kathy Waugh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2011
Box Office: $15.0M
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Critic Reviews for Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (27)

Too bad, then, that there's no real joy in all the physical business filling the screen, not even in Judy's animated daydreams. Bummer.

Full Review… | July 9, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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The best thing about Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is the engaging performance of red-haired Aussie starlet Beatty, who will play the titular star in Eloise in Paris. We can only hope that film sticks to the book.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Globe and Mail
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An assault on the senses, a fever nightmare of color explosions and extreme closeups of a child's tonsils while they scream for the ice cream man.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Mild-mannered, kid friendly. Not much there for adults. Except for Heather Graham...

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Tribune News Service

It's a fun, imaginative movie that is terrific for young kids. I think it encourages children to celebrate creativity.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

It's a simple story that treads familiar ground, but it's fun to watch as a family, and it has an impressive amount of energy behind it.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer


Cast: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Parris Mosteller, Preston Bailey, Kristoffer Ryan Winters, Garrett Ryan, Jaleel White, Ashley Boettcher, Taylar Hender, Cameron Boyce, Jenica Bergere, Janet Varney

Director: John Schultz

Summary: In this family film based on Megan McDonald's children's books about never-dull third-grader Judy Moody, the capricious Miss Moody embarks on a summer adventure with her brother, Stink, and always-up-for-fun Aunt Opal.

My Thoughts: "This one was definitely meant for the kids only. I didn't find the film funny at all and the main character is annoying. I'm not even sure if kids who are fans of the books will enjoy it. I know my nieces and nephew only laughed a few times. I think this is one of the worse kid flicks I've seen in a while. Nothing more to say about this one.."


Super Reviewer

Proof that I will literally watch any movie, because I love movies. On my trip to Ohio I was bored and had a copy of this on DVD with me, so I watched it. I was hoping for something similar to "Diary of a wimpy Kid" or "Ramona and Beezus". While alike in tone, this just doesn't have the charm, story, or character of those movies. This is really geared towards kids(explains why I don't like it), and there isn't much here for adults. It's about a girl named Judy(Jordana Beatty) and her desire to have the best summer ever. She has a contest with her friends to see who can do the most thrilling dares, while her little brother searches for Bigfoot. Heather Graham plays their Aunt Opal who watches them over the summer break. All the performances are over the top(to be expected), and other than the little brother, I didn't care for any of the characters. However, I think kids will love it and be thoroughly entertained. So let the kiddies watch this, while you watch something more grown up.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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a crazy diary of a wimpy kid wanabe, but won't actually live up to it expectations and full of zany gross-out humor, and won't support its original bases of the books, but will entertain 4 to 6 year olds. C

Juan Charqueno
Juan Charqueno

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