Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Synopsis:
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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

MY REVIEW:
The first thing I want to say about this movie is "Steve Urkel"!!!  Okay, secondly, what a great movie for my children.  My oldest daughter went to see it at a friends birthday party when it was in theaters and when it hit the shelves my middle daughter wanted to own it right away.  We waited and gave it to her for Christmas, they watched it right away but my husband and I didn't sit down to watch it until tonight.  We sat down and watched it with our little girl for a "movie night just the three of us" and he loved it, while I have mixed feelings.  It's a fantastic children's movie I will give it that.  But personally I was finding it hard to keep my attention in so many places throughout the movie.  It was really fun for the children, they all seem to enjoy it and it was funny in some parts, but for me, they were few and far between.  Actually, I was relieved when it was finally over, I was in shock (a little bit) when my husband said it was a really cute movie, but sometimes (a lot of the times) our tastes differ and that's fine.  I just found it to be a little irritating.  This young girl has her whole summer ahead of her, the one thing she looks forward to every school year and she made this fantastic "NOT Bummer Summer" plan and just because two of her "TP Club" members are going away for the summer and having adventures of their own, she gets jealous and miserable and lets her entire summer slip away not realizing what an amazing time she is and could continue to have IF she'd stop competing and just have fun!  In the process of the "Dare Race" her two friends are away and having a wonderful time, completing dares and getting "Thrill Points" while hers are not coming at all.  Everything she tries to do fails and she blames it all on the one friend that remains.  Which of course will never end well, they have a fight and then her summer is ruined, yet again, I think by now we are at the sixth letdown of her not bummer summer.  She reminded me of one of my own children, sulking because not everything goes her way.  But I mean, for children they can relate to so much of this movie.  So, I would say for the age category this movie is geared to it will be/is a hit, but for the older generations, don't be surprised when you don't like it much.

  I would give this movie 9 out of 10 thumbs up!!

~~I purchased this movie with my money and was not given it to review~~

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