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JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT SO BUMMER SUMMER is a very entertaining, quirky movie. The audience will empathize with the feisty Judy and cheer for her to have a great summer. It has a great script and a creative art direction that deliberately enters the child’s world. Some caution should be used as the children can be unruly and be completely on their own plan due to little adult supervision, with some rude retorts, yet it does have some underline positive elements.
(Pa, B, O, L, V, N, M) light mixed worldview with moral elements, children love teacher, children look down upon the use of the word “crap,” marred by use of a “Magic 8” ball and some bathroom humor; no obscenities or profanities but the vulgar use of “crap” is rebuked and scatological humor includes a toad urinates on a girl, a children’s club is called “the p** club,” children almost eat dog droppings, mentions of dung, child vomits on another child, child flings spit-wads, and picking of scabs; light violence includes child pushes another child, van crushes a bike; no sex; upper male nudity where boy has shirt off at pool, immodest clothing on female; no alcohol; no smoking; and, unruly children, women and child do yoga poses, mood ring, and child looks for Bigfoot, children are often unsupervised.
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT SO BUMMER SUMMER follows the escapades of the adventuresome Judy Moody. Fun and entertaining, JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT SO BUMMER SUMMER will have viewers laughing and reminiscing about childhood days.
Moody third grader Judy Moody has planned to have the best summer yet, inviting all her best friends to take part in the “Judy Moody Mega Rare Not Bummer Summer Dare chart,” tallying all of their adventures and making sure this is the most thrilling summer ever. Judy’s plans quickly go astray when her best friend Rocky announces he’s going to Circus Camp and friend Amy’s going to Borneo to help a lost tribe. Judy becomes truly moody because of this and decides to turn the whole “Judy Moody Mega Rare Not Bummer Summer Dare” into a competition.
One more thing stops Judy from her ultimate summer. Her parents announce they are heading off to California to help her grandfather. So, Judy is left with her little brother who’s searching for Bigfoot, her eccentric Aunt Opel, and her “scaredy-cat” second best friend, Frank. Despite all this, Judy Moody determines not to be defeated and decides to gain her own thrill points.
Of course Judy receives postcards from Rocky about his circus camp, and he’s gaining thrill points by the moment just like Amy, who’s sending emails with pictures of her playing with Gorillas and helping out the lost tribe in Borneo. So, Judy decides to replicate these same adventures but in a much more imaginative manner. With her odd Aunt Opel, her Bigfoot seeking little brother and “fun sponge “ of a best friend who all get in her way, all her plans seem to fall short of thrill points. The question is, does Judy have enough creativity and imagination to get through the summer or will it be a “bummer summer”?
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT SO BUMMER SUMMER is a very entertaining, quirky movie. The audience can’t help but empathize with the feisty Judy and hope and cheer for her to have a great summer. Children will be able to relate to Judy and her lingo, but the caution is Judy is definitely moody and has some rude retorts. This was not a children’s movie with subtle hints to adult jokes, this was a pure children’s movie. JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT SO BUMMER SUMMER has a great script and a creative art direction that deliberately takes you into a child’s world. Though the children can be unruly and be completely on their own plan because there is very little adult supervision, it does have some underline positive elements.
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