Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
|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|
|93 minutes |
|Box office||$17 million|
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is a 2011 American 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. Reviews were generally negative, as the film holds a 19% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. It was also a box office bomb, grossing $17 million against a production budget of $20 million.
Feisty third-grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life. However, her parents must travel to California to assist Judy's grandparents, so Judy and her brother Stink must be looked after by their aunt Opal. Judy decides to organize a contest with her friends to see who can have the most exciting summer by earning "thrill points". At the start of summer, her friends leave except for Frank. Amy is going to Borneo and Rocky is going to Circus Camp. Her friends send her pictures of their summer, so Judy tries to top them, but Frank ruins all her plans by knocking her off a tight rope, vomiting all over her on a roller coaster, and leaving the theater in the middle of a scary movie. After Judy’s ideas go wrong, she decides to stay in her room for the rest of the summer, until she hears the newscast in front of her house. Judy looks out of the window and discovers that Stink is going to be on the news, because of his search for Bigfoot. Judy attempts to be part of the story but the camera crew stop the cameras from filming her.
Judy tries to pair up with Stink in the search for Bigfoot. One day, while Judy and Stink are out, they see Bigfoot walking down the street. They try to chase him, but he jumps inside of an ice cream van. The two end up seeing members of Zeke's Bigfoot search club, and get into the van with them. They continue to chase after Bigfoot but the news van hurries and jumps in front of them. Judy and the others drive around them, and end up finding them in the Fun Zone, an old amusement park. Bigfoot and the ice cream van driver (discovered to be Mr. Todd) get 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 two front row seat tickets for the circus. Judy ends up participating in a circus act with Rocky's family. Aunt Opal is about to leave, but before she leaves, she and Judy go put hats on lions and she gets more thrill points. Judy says that Aunt Opal helped her get the most thrill points. Aunt Opal tells Judy that next year, she is planning on wrapping the whole Eiffel Tower with 10,000 scarves and wants Judy to help her. Judy and Stink receive money for Stink's Bigfoot statue getting touched by the neighborhood.
- Jordana Beatty as Judy Moody, a feisty third-grader who decides to spend the rest of the summer in her bedroom.
- Parris Mosteller as James "Stink" Moody, Judy's 6-year-old brother.
- Heather Graham as Aunt Opal Moody
- Janet Varney as Mrs. Kate Moody
- Kristoffer Winters as Mr. Richard Moody
- Jaleel White as Mr. Todd
- Preston Bailey as Franklin "Frank" Pearl
- Taylar Hender as Amy Namey
- Bobbi Sue Luther as Young Woman in Movie
- Hunter King as Priscilla Granger
- Ashley Boettcher as Jessica Finch
- Robert Costanzo as Mr. Birnbaum
- Sharon Sachs as Mrs. Birnbaum
- Garrett Ryan as Rockford "Rocky" Zang
- Jackson Odell as Zeke
- Cameron Boyce as Hunter
- Paul Kvinsland as Himself
The film received a 21% "Rotten" rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 82 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.3/10. The consensus states: "Entertaining for some very young viewers, but for those with normal attention spans, Judy Moody is loud hyperactive overload". Film critic Roger Ebert rated the film two out of four stars, stating that "little kids might find [it] perfectly acceptable" but "[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 $15,013,650 and grossed an additional $2,016,232 overseas for a worldwide total of $17,029,882. 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|
As Relativity Media has no home entertainment company, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment acquired rights to release the film in home entertainment ports. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (which is now Relativity's home media partner) distributed the film on DVD and Blu-ray editions, which were released on September 20, 2011.
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