As this week's featured adaptation, we bring you reviews of "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer." The movie is based on the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds, which details the adventures of the little girl from Virginia Dare Elementary School. Despite the co-starring role of Heather Graham, the movie appears to be aimed arrow-straight at elementary schoolers.
Definitely not suitable for date night, but perfect for an afternoon of baby-sitting. Here are excerpts from reviews:
-- Roger Ebert: It's "a film that little kids might find perfectly acceptable. Little, little, little kids. My best guess is, above fourth-grade level, you'd be pushing it."
-- Dallas Morning News: "For those sighing about why they don't make more movies like last year's Ramona and Beezus, based on the book series by Beverly Cleary, they just did."
-- Boston Globe: "Some movies make you remember being a child. Some movies treat you like one. "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer'' does both. This is good news for the 8-year-olds who've read Megan McDonald's books, which began to arrive in 2000. They might not mind the movie's relentless determination to be both an arts-and-crafts project and dessert."
-- New York Daily News: "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer" isn't just "Rare!," as its title heroine would say - it's a seriously perfect vacation destination.