Ramona and Beezus

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Not to be confused with the 1955 novel Beezus and Ramona.
Ramona and Beezus
Ramona and Beezus Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Elizabeth Allen
Produced by Denise Di Novi
Alison Greenspan[1]
Written by

Laurie Craig
Nick Pustay
Beverly Cleary(the children's

novel books) (novel)[1]
Starring Joey L. King
Selena Gomez
Hutch Dano
Ginnifer Goodwin
John Corbett
Bridget Moynahan
Josh Duhamel
Sandra Oh
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography John Bailey
Edited by Jane Moran
Distributed by Fox 2000 Pictures
Release dates
  • July 23, 2010 (2010-07-23)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[2]
Box office $27,293,743[3]

Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 Fox-Walden film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by Beverly Cleary.[4][5] The film's title derives from Beezus and Ramona, the first of Cleary's Ramona books, though the plot is mostly based on the sequels, particularly Ramona Forever and Ramona's World.


Young third grader Ramona Quimby (Joey King) is climbing the monkey bars along with her best friend Howie (Jason Spevack). Ramona echoes Howie's name as if she were above the grand canyon. Ramona is frightened, so then she sticks her feet in the bars and lets go. She is now hanging from the bars yelling out for help. Howie then goes to Mrs.Meacham (Sandra Oh) and she then helps Ramona down.

Dorothy Quimby (Briget Monyhan), Ramona's mother, asks Ramona to set the table and add another plate for Aunt Beatrice (Ginnifer Goodwin). Beezus (Selena Gomez), Ramona's older sister then takes Ramona's task and does so herself. Report cards are in and Robert Quimby (John Corbett), Ramona's father, inspects Beezus' card. When he asks Ramona about hers, seems that she hid it in the freezer and hesitantly decides to give it to her father. When Aunt Bea arrives, she finds Ramona sitting on a branch in the backyard. She then asks about her calluses.

The next day at school, Ramona is to describe something of hers that has happened the following week. She says that construction workers came to her home and broke a big hole in the side of her house for a new room. Although this is very true, Mrs. Meacham does not believe her.

The following day, Ramona's father loses his job and they are in debt of their home. Ramona overhears their conversation and decides she's going to sell lemonade. After that mistake, she decides to sell "delishus car wash $20". But that backfires also. After accidentally painting Howie's Uncle Hobart's (Josh Duhamel) jeep, she retires.

Ramona's picture day messes up when she accidentally cracks a raw egg over her head thinking it was hard boiled. Instead of the photographer saying "cheese", he says "peas". Causing Ramona to interrupt with a great big "Ew!" ruining her portrait.

The next day, in Music class, Ramona vomits on the drums. Causing her to be picked up by her father. She then stays at home with Beezus. After trying to make dinner for her parents, the pan sets on fire. Interrupting Beezus on the phone with Henry Huggins (Hutch Dano), Beezus yells at Ramona for always being a little pest and ruining her love life with Henry. Shocked, Ramona questions Beezus that she has a love life. None of them knowing that Henry is still on the phone and overheard their whole conversation. When Ramona goes downstairs to feed her pet cat, Picky-Picky [Quimby], she sees her lying in her place, dead. A frozen Ramona runs upstairs to fetch Beezus and tells her the news. They then hold a private funeral in their backyard.

After months with Hobart, he decides to propose to Aunt Beatrice. She then hesitantly accepts and they kiss passionately leading up to the wedding. Beezus and Henry share a dance, then a kiss. Before they leave off to their Honeymoon in Alaska, Ramona runs outside to Hobart's painted car to give a gift to her Aunt Beatrice, A locket with her school picture in it.



Ramona and Beezus was released in theaters on July 23, 2010, by 20th Century Fox and Walden Media to 2,719 theaters nationwide, and was rated G by MPAA, becoming the studio's fourth film to be rated G since 1997's Anastasia.

The trailer was released on March 18, 2010, and was shown in theaters along with How to Train Your Dragon, The Last Song, Despicable Me, Toy Story 3, and 20th Century Fox's other films, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Marmaduke. The film premiered in New York on July 20, 2010.

It was released in Irish and British cinemas October 22, 2010.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Ramona and Beezus earned generally positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 70% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 68 reviews, for an average rating of 6.3/10.[6] Among Rotten Tomatoes' "Top Critics", consisting of notable critics from the top newspapers and websites,[7] the film holds an overall approval rating of 73%, based on a sample of 26 reviews.[8] The film holds a 56 rating on Metacritic, based on 28 reviews.[9] Eric Snider of Film.com said that "The resulting story is a jumble, and there are too many side characters, but golly if it isn't pretty darned infectious."[10] Jason Anderson of the Toronto Star gave Ramona and Beezus a good review, saying that "(Ramona and Beezus) is a lively affair, largely thanks to the sweet and snappy screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay and to the appealing performances by the cast."[11]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #4 on opening day, grossing under $3 million.[12] It would earn altogether $7.8 million on its opening weekend, earning #6 at the box office. Over its first week, it earned nearly $12.7 million.[13] As of November 20, 2010, its total gross stands at $26,645,939,[3] surpassing its $15 million budget. The film made £84,475 on its first week-end in the UK (information based on the UK film council).

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on November 9, 2010.


Currently, there is only one confirmed track for the film's soundtrack entitled "Live Like There's No Tomorrow", performed by Selena Gomez & the Scene. The song was digitally released as a soundtrack single on July 13, 2010.[14] The song is also part of the band's second album, A Year Without Rain. It is unknown whether or not there will be a music video. Other songs in the movie, that may be included on the soundtrack, include "A Place in This World" by Taylor Swift, "Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti & Spearhead, a song from Peter, Paul, and Mary, "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go, a cover of "Walking on Sunshine by Aly & AJ, Eternal Flame by The Bangles and "(Let's Get Movin') Into Action" by Skye Sweetnam featuring Tim Armstrong.

"Live Like There's No Tomorrow"[edit]

"Live Like There's No Tomorrow"
Single by Selena Gomez & the Scene
from the album Ramona and Beezus & A Year Without Rain
Released July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop, Soft rock, Ballad
Length 4:07
Writer(s) Matt Bronleewe, Nicky Chinn, Andrew Fromm, Meghan Kabir
Producer(s) Superspy
Selena Gomez & the Scene singles chronology
"Round & Round"
"Live Like There's No Tomorrow"
"A Year Without Rain"

"Live Like There's No Tomorrow" was released as a single from the upcoming Ramona and Beezus soundtrack album on July 13, 2010.[14] This is the one confirmed track of the soundtrack thus far. There is currently no music video for the single. It is performed by Selena Gomez & the Scene and also appears on their A Year Without Rain album.

Critical reception[edit]

Kim Gillespie of Wiarapa Times-Age included this song in highlights of studio album.[15] Bill Lamb, of About.com, also highlighted it and praised it: "an inspirational ballad that truly does uplift by the end."[16] MusicOMH editor David Welsh wrote a mixed opinion; stating that the song "stumbles upon emotional resonance thanks in no small part to Gomez's most impressive performance to date."[17]

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