Review: Judy Moody and the Not a Bummer Summer

One of the things that irks me the most about movie reviews is that adult (mostly movie snobs) rate kids movies. I think this is unfair. Kind of like if a group of large hairy testosterone-laden men were to review a heartfelt “chick-flick” – what would they say? “YUCK”! – but does that make it a bad movie OR a good review? No!!

Judy Movie Not a Bummer summer is a totally awesome movie –  but much better if you’re a kid between the ages of say 8 and 15. My daughter has read all of the Judy Moody books and my son has faithfully read all of the stink books.  The movie contains some juvenile gross humor and quite a few gags and the kids loved it!! The action is pretty constant and I have to say I felt like I wanted to live in this little town and spend a “boring” summer there too – it looked like great fun!

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!

For the parents, is it safe to take all kids to? I usually go to the IMDB parents guide – I did have to laugh out loud with this entry:


3 hells, 5 asses, 6 craps, and 8 oh my gods

All pretty tame stuff in my estimation (I was more grossed out by the gross stuff, but what the heck, I’m an adult!)