From Tracie: How to Have a Not Bummer Summer

Thursday, June 09, 2011

How to Have a Not Bummer Summer

Last weekend, we attended a pre-screening of Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer, which earned me major cool-mom points with Katarina.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Movie PosterJudy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer is based on the characters created by Megan McDonald in her Judy Moody book series.

The basic plot: Judy has a plan to combat a summer vacation full of boredom - a contest to see which of her friends can earn the most "thrill points" by completing tasks, such as: ride a roller coaster (bonus points if you keep your hands up), learn to surf, watch scary movies (without closing your eyes), and ride an elephant.

Her plans are thwarted as she learns that two of her friends already have exciting summer plans lined up that will earn them thrill points faster than you can say "circus camp", which is where one of the kids is spending his summer (I want to go to circus camp! How fun is that?). Judy's parents have to make an unexpected trip to California, leaving Judy and her brother Stinky in the care of their eccentric, gorilla-artist Aunt Opal.

Judy Moody and The Not Bummer summer is very cute. There are lots of laugh moments, and a few cringe-worthy poop and puke moments (a little tip from me to you - during the roller coaster scene, feel free to hold your hands up over your eyes and close those eyes until it is don't need thrill points bad enough to watch that). I think it is a movie that both girls and boys would enjoy.

This movie feels like a kids movie in all the best ways, bright colors, fun costuming, snippets of animation, fantastic situations full of imagination, and a search for BIG FOOT!

A thought on casting - can we be really honest about child actors for a minute? Most of them are annoying, and painful to watch (and don't pretend you haven't thought the same thing). I was pleasantly surprised by Jordana Beatty's UN-annoying portrayal of Judy Moody, she really impressed me.

From Katarina (in her own words):
"It was a really great movie! I especially liked how they crossed animation with live actors. I hysterically laughed at the part where Judy almost ate Big Foot poo on the bottom of her sandwich; and the part where Opal drove into the sign and an elephant head fell on the car. I also loved the part where Judy and Opal made trash can hats. Watching the movie made me want to read the books."  

Judy Moody and The Not Bummer Summer opens in theaters on June 10, 2011
Check it out and make your summer thrilladelic! 

Rating: PG, for mild rude humor and language. (there is a conversation about whether or not "crap" is a bad word)
Cast: Jordana Beatty (Judy Moody), Heather Graham (Aunt Opal), Preston Bailey (Frank), Jaleel White (Mr. Todd)
Credits: Directed by John Schultz, written by Megan McDonald and Kathy Waugh, produced by Sara Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness. 

I was provided with free passes to the pre-screening, but I was not compensated in any other way. Relativity Media did not require me to say nice things about the movie, the opinions are all mine. They also did not require me to eat an entire large tub of popcorn by myself...but that is a different story.
Have you and your kids read the Judy Moody book series?
Are they excited to see the movie? 
.....and the most important question.....
Did you go to circus camp when you were a kid?


  1. I totally need Judy Moody to move to my fricken neighbourhood! What the hell am I going to do with my kids all summer? I'm not concocting some contest for them!
    Great movie review! I may not want to watch the movie, but I will definitely drive my kids to it, drop them off, and pick them up when it's over. :)

  2. how NOT to have bummer summer...Skype with you as soon as mt netbook is fixed...(or I have an adequate replacement)

    That's all. :)
    Or maybe have a fun Twitter or FB chat with ya...That's always a blast.
    Especially with our #WILDAndCrazyTwitterHastags #TwitterChatsFunAndEntertaining

  3. I so want to see this movie.. ok umm yeah my kids want to see it.. blinks eyes innocently.. I would defnitely have to cover my eyes in the roller coaster scene as I don't do them in real life let alone on Tv ..

  4. My 7 year old has read all the books and is insisting we line up to watch the very first released showing of the movie!

  5. I can't wait to see this movie with my 7 year old. She has read all the books and asks me every week if the movie has been released yet.

  6. I've seen the ads and thought it looked adorable. I'm glad you and Katarina enjoyed it!

  7. Yey for getting to pre-screen movies! :D What fun!

  8. We read one of the books, but Ethan wasn't a big fan. He's more into Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He did, however, think the movie looked funny. Maybe if he sees the movie I can get him to read the books.

  9. so katarina has not read the books yet?

    And how cool is this statement? "Watching the movie made me want to read the books."

  10. Woo hoo for you on the preview screening -- definitely thrill points for you!

    My son has already started asking to see this film so I am glad to know that it won't be another Alvin & the Chipmunks:The Squeakquel or Marmaduke -- unfortunatley adult actors can be annoying, as well!

    But here's my question -- circus camp??? What? How cool is that? Except for the clowns -- you know how I feel about them.


  11. I miss my daughter being at the age to like this kind of stuff.

  12. sounds great!
    I LOVE the Judy Moody books! Loved reading them with my girls when they were little :)