Judy Moody & The Not Bummer Summer

*½

“No one in this family has any imagination!”

The Berggren Bottom Line: Judy Moody seemed like a wannabe combination of Dr. Seuss, Superfudge, and Pippi Longstocking for modern audiences, but it lacked any of the originality of those tales. This movie was not worth its weight in a box office ticket and treat prices for the family. Save yourself and go for a bike ride.

First, let me make it clear that my dislike for this film is not because it is for kids. In my bio you will see several kids films listed as my favorites. Second, let me say I am not familiar with the Judy Moody book(s) that this movie is based upon. I know nothing of them. They seem to be very popular and are probably very good, but this movie wasn’t.

The movie begins very promising. It starts on the last day of school before the summer starts. Everyone knows that’s the best day of school. Unfortunately, Judy gets ‘bummed’ because she finds out her best friends aren’t going be home for the summer. So they won’t be there to adventure with her. She’s destined for a bummer summer and audiences are destined for a bummer movie–literally.

The best part of this movie was that the guy who played Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) from Family Matters was in it. And he was even pretty good. In fact, the casting was pretty good overall, although I had a hard time figuring out 30% of what the kid playing Judy’s brother said. He had a bit of a speech impediment. It’s not that I have a problem with handicaps. And I’m all for celebrating victory over them by giving people opportunities. Unfortunately, with quick sequences, fast dialogue, and flashy visuals, it was hard to follow his dialogue. My son kept saying, “What did he say, Dad?” Bummer.

This movie was just trying too hard. It combined some animation to capture a particular imagination sequence Judy was having. Trying to be creative, it just came off weak. Judy also used lots of new ‘cool’ words like “thrilladellic” this and “megasuper” that. It just wasn’t on-top-of-spaghetti cool or supercalifragilisticexpithrilladellic. It was uberlame and a bummer.

Judy Moody just wasn’t a ‘movie’ quality film. Actually, I’ve seen plenty of iCarly episodes with my kids that were better than this film. Sure, it had some fun parts and cute laughs, but it would have been better as a made-for-television movie. Lastly, it was about 15 minutes too long. So save yourself and some money: rent it or Netflix it if you have to see it.

Sorry folks. I don’t mean to be a scrooge, but Judy Moody bummed me out and made me depressed for wasting my time watching it.

Parents: Although rated PG, it was a very clean and innocent movie. Good for any kid over 4 (if there’s absolutely nothing else to see).


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