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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Schultz
Produced by Sara Siegel-Magness
Gary Magness
Bobbi Sue Luther
Written by Megan McDonald
Kathy Waugh
Starring
Music by Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Shawn Maurer
Editing by John Pace III
Studio Smokewood Entertainment
Distributed by Relativity Media
Release date(s) June 4, 2011 (2011-06-04) (Hollywood premiere)
June 10, 2011 (2011-06-10)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Money made $17 million

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is a 2011 American comedy film based on Megan McDonald's Judy Moody book series. Directed by John Schultz from a screenplay by McDonald and Kathy Waugh, it introduces Australian actress Jordana Beatty as the titular girl in a contest for the best summer with friends Amy Namey (Taylar Hender), who is off to Borneo; and Rockford "Rocky" Zang (Garrett Ryan), who is going to circus camp. Since her parents (Janet Varney and Kristoffer Winters) are off to California, Judy is stuck with her young brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and her free-spirt aunt Opal (Heather Graham). Her misadventures to have the best summer included a Bigfoot chase, activities ruined by her friend Frank (Preston Bailey), and putting hats on animals with Opal.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer was the second project of couple and Smokewood Entertainment owners Sara Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, following the commercially and critically well-received film festival hit Preciuos (2009). The two bought the book rights on May 5, 2010, and Relativity Media bought the rights for domesitc distribution on February 1, 2011. The adaptation's two-month shooting, which started in late August 2010; tracking of the score; and production of the animated sequences took place in and around Los Angeles, in order for Schultz to accompany his wife's birth.

Beginning its domestic theatrical run on June 10, 2011, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, as typical for productions starring female tween characters like the previous year's Ramona and Beezus, was a box office bomb, grossing $17 million against a production budget of $20 million. It was also critically panned for its fast pace, loudness, toilet humor, disconnected plot, and unlikable protagonist. On a brighter note, Beatty and Donahue's acting was praised in reviews; and the film was nominated for three Young Artist Awards, winning one for Best Young Ensemble Cast.

Plot

Feisty third-grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life. However, her parents are traveling to California to assist Judy's grandparents, meaning Judy and her brother Stink are looked after by their aunt Opal. Judy organizes a contest with her friends to see who can have the most exciting summer by earning "thrill points". When vacation beings, 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. However, 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.

Cast

  • 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

Junior novelization

The junior novel-tie in book was released on May 24, 2011. This was also the 10th book of the Judy Moody series, written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

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