Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Relativity Media

Directed by:

John Schultz (Aliens in the Attic)

Starring:

Jordana Beatty as Judy Moody; Heather Graham as Aunt Opal; Parris Mosteller as Stink; Jaleel White as Mr. Todd; Jackson 'Jaxn' Odell as Zeke; Preston Baily as Frank; Garrett Ryan as Rocky; Taylar Hender as Amy

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

Fiery-haired third-grader Judy Moody is determined to have the "best, most way un-boring summer ever." Her plan seems foolproof: Invite her best friends to participate in her "Judy Moody Mega-Rare NOT Bummer Summer Dare!" For each dare they complete—stuff like riding an elephant, surfing a big wave, taking the plunge on the Scream Monster roller coaster—they'll collect 10 thrill points. Whoever gets the most points wins. Sounds fun, right? Not so much.

Most of Judy's best buds, it turns out, already have thrilling summer plans. And just when Judy thinks her summer can't get any worse, it does: She and her little brother Stink have to spend the summer with Aunt Opal . . . whom they've never met. "This is the way worst, double-drat bummer summer ever!" Judy proclaims. But when Aunt Opal shows up, well, she turns out to be most definitely not boring.

In some ways, Opal's an overgrown kid herself, and she has a delightful way of coaxing Judy out of her self-absorption. In the end, Judy realizes that what really matters is enjoying each day's adventures as they come, including hanging out in the backyard, exploring the woods, catching toads and camping.

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer does have its fair share of goofy hijinks, slapstick violence and poop jokes. And sometimes Aunt Opal's outfits appear a bit too revealing. Plus, chasing down Bigfoot and doing yoga leads to some strange mystical thinking.

In 2000, children's book author Megan McDonald introduced the world to the feisty Judy Moody character inspired by her experiences growing up with four older sisters. Judy Moody invites us to recall what life was like before cell phones and iPods and reminds us that winning isn't everything. It's those messages that make Judy Moody's movie debut anything but a bummer.

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