Saturday, October 15, 2011

grandma's movie reviews - Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
By - 20th Century Fox
Rating - PG - for some mild rude humor and language

For years little girls have read the Judy Moody books . . . this past summer Judy ended up on the big screen in the movie, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer. So, is it a good movie choice for our young grandchildren? I initially thought this movie sounded like a fun story for children to enjoy . . . but after watching it, I was disappointed. Judy is 9 or 10 years old, or so . . . certainly old enough to show at least some self control, but when she doesn't like her circumstances or doesn't get her way she pouts, throws a tantrum and says unkind things to her brother and friends. I would have enjoyed this move significantly more if she showed how to respond to disappointments with at least some measure of self control. I'm also unimpressed by the apparent disregard for using seat belts when riding in a car and the total lack of concern for the safety of others - Judy's aunt Opal drove a car she knew she wasn't really able to drive over a yard filled with children's toys - and even dragged a bounce house with a boy inside into a road. What happened to telling a good story, even a funny story and at the same time having characters who cared about other's feelings and the safety and well-being of others? And, do we really think a child of nine or ten is old enough to go to a horror movie - even an old time horror movie - particularly without their parents?

Yes, I realize this is a "pretend" story and in the end Judy learned to look at her summer from a different perspective, but if I had a granddaughter, I'd pass on having her watch this movie. If she did see it, I would absolutely want to talk to her about the choices Judy made and how she might have done things differently. I'd talk with my granddaughter about the best way to deal with disappointments and how to treat others - especially when we are disappointed.

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