Family Movie Review
Even youngsters who haven't read any of the original Judy Moody books probably will want to devour them all. That is, after they see how the new movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer -- based on the uber popular series and brought to the big screen for the first time -- weaves this trio of fun props into the dialogue and non-stop antics. All while telling a perfectly hilarious and funny "what I did last summer vacation" story through a series of silly mishaps as experienced through the eyes of third grader Judy Moody.
A bit of trivia: newcomer actress Jordana Beatty, who plays the title role hails from Australia in real-life, was a 12 year-old middle school student when the feature film was shot last year.
The film is set in the fictional town of Frog Neck Lake, Virginia, of all places. Surprisingly, though, the entire movie was actually shot in Southern California, in South Pasadena, Magic Mountain in Valencia, San Pedro, and the beaches of Oxnard, among other locations in the region. Nevertheless, Judy Moody's filmmakers pulled off the authentic feel of the story's scripted setting with great finesse considering the small budget of the less than $20 million they had to work with.
There's also a smattering of four letter words used here and there, such as poop, scat, dung, and dodo, with the worst word of all being c-r-a-p. I can't say more than that though because I wouldn't want to spoil all the fun of the film for you before you see it.
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is definitely an inspiring way to jump start a creative staycation adventure, to kick off an unforgettable, thrill-a-delic summer for your kids like none other.