Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Schultz|
|Produced by||Sara Siegel-Magness
Bobbi Sue Luther
|Written by||Megan McDonald
|Based on||Judy Moody
by Megan McDonald
|Music by||Richard Gibbs|
|Edited by||John Pace III|
|Distributed by||Relativity Media|
|Running time||92 minutes |
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is a 2011 comedy film based on Megan McDonald's Judy Moody book series released on June 10, 2011 and starring Heather Graham, Preston Bailey, Taylar Hender, Jaleel White, and introducing Jordana Beatty as Judy Moody. The film tells about a third grader named Judy Moody who sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life. Reviews have been critically negative, as the film holds a 19% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The film was considered a box office bomb and earning only about $6 million. It debuted at number 7 at the box office on its opening weekend.
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The movie tells the story of third-grader Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty), who sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life. However, her parents (Kristoffer Winters and Janet Varney) are going to California to help Judy's grandparents and Judy and her brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) have to stay with their Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). Judy decides to organize a contest with her friends to see who can have the most exciting summer. To win the contest, you must have a certain amount of "thrill points." At the start of her summer, it starts to go bad. All of her friends leave and go to someplace on a summer vacation, except for Frank (Preston Bailey). Her friends keep sending her pictures of their summer, so she tries to top them, so she can earn more thrill points than them. All of her ideas go bad, so she decides to stay in the house for the rest of the summer, until she hears the newcast in front of her house. She looks out of the window and discovers that Stink is going to be on the news, because of his search for Bigfoot. She runs outside and tries to jump into the camera, but unfortunately, the camera crew stops the cameras from filming her.
Judy tries to pair up with her brother Stink in the search for Bigfoot. One day while they were out, they see Bigfoot walking the streets. They try to chase him, but he jumps inside of an ice cream van. They end up seeing two of the members from Zeke's Bigfoot search club, and get into the van with them. They continue to chase after Bigfoot, until the newcast van hurries and jump in front of them. Judy and the others drove around them, and ended up finding the in the Fun Zone, an old amusement park. Bigfoot and the ice cream van driver (discovered to be Mr. Todd) gets out of the van. They find out that Bigfoot really is Zeke in disguise, and that he was helping Mr. Todd sell ice cream. As a prize for finding Mr. Todd, Judy gets 2 front row seat tickets for the circus. Judy ends up participating in a circus act (because it was Rocky's family). As she gets sawed in half, the scene goes to her in her backyard in front of her family getting sawed in half. Her Aunt Opal is about to leave, but before she left, her & Judy goes to put the hats on the lions & she gets MORE thrill points. She got the most thrill points, she say, by meeting her Aunt Opal.
The movie ends with them getting money for Stinks Bigfoot statue getting touched by the neighborhood.
- Jordana Beatty as Judy Moody
- Parris Mosteller as Stink Moody
- Heather Graham as Aunt Opal
- Janet Varney as Mrs. Moody
- Kristoffer Winters as Mr. Moody
- Jaleel White as Mr. Todd
- Preston Bailey as Franklin "Frank" Pearl
- Taylar Hender as Amy Namey
- Bobbi Sue Luther as Young Woman
- Haley King as Priscilla Granger
- Ashley Boettcher as Jessica Finch
- Robert Costanzo as Mr. Birnbaum
- Sharon Sachs as Mrs. Birnbaum
- Garrett Ryan as Rocky Zang
- Jackson Odell as Zeke
- Cameron Boyce as Hunter
- Paul Kvinsland as Himself
Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain) is Portrayed as the Scream Monster Rollercoaster in the movie.
The film has been panned by critics. The film currently holds a 19% "Rotten" rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 74 reviews. The consensus states: "Though it may entertain some very young viewers, Judy Moody is likely to be a garish sensory onslaught for anyone with a normal attention span." Film critic Roger Ebert rated the film two out of four stars, stating that "little kids might find [it] perfectly acceptable" and that "[grown-ups] may find themselves looking for stuff to think about while watching this film." However, he said that the film progresses through "with lots of bright colors and jolly music."
The film debuted on June 10, 2011, earning $6,076,859 its opening weekend. As of August 10, 2011, it has grossed $14,982,196. It claimed the No. 7 spot on its opening weekend, opening in 2,524 theaters.
|Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress||Jordana Beatty||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor, Age Ten or Under||Preston Bailey||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature film - Young Ensemble Cast||Jordana Beatty, Preston Bailey, Parris Mosteller, Garrett Ryan, Ashley Boettcher, Taylar Hender, Cameron Boyce, Jackson Odell||Won|
Home and television media
As Relativity Media has no home entertainment company, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment acquired rights to release the film in home entertainment ports. On October 11, 2011, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the film on DVD and Blu-ray.
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- Official website
- Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer at the Internet Movie Database
- Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer at AllMovie
- Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer at Box Office Mojo
- Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer at Rotten Tomatoes
- Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer at Metacritic