Get ready to score extra thrill points and mega-laughs with this irresistible family comedy based on the best-selling book series! Feisty, fearless Judy Moody is looking forward to the most super-duper, double-rare summer vacation ever. The trouble is, her parents are called out of town and her BFFs are going away with their own families. That leaves Judy trapped at home with her pesky brother Stink under the watchful eye of Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). But with a little playful planning - and a lot of imagination - Judy turns a snoresville summer into the way-not-boring adventure of a lifetime!
Based on the Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is about a third-grade girl with big ideas for an exciting summer full of dares, scares, and thrills with her three best friends. Judy's carefully crafted plans for a summer-long thrill contest are quickly dashed when she discovers that two of her friends, Rocky and Amy, are going away for the summer, and she'll be left at home with second-best friend Frank Pearl and her brother Stink. Things get even worse when her parents inform her that they're headed to California and are leaving her and Stink under the care of their Aunt Opal, whom Judy's never even met. It turns out that Aunt Opal is far from your average aunt; she's actually pretty cool and she's full of surprises that, when mixed with Judy's natural passion for adventure and action, might just yield some very unexpected results. The film does a good job of preserving the feel and attitude of the Judy Moody character with her frequent flights of fancy, but its brief segments of animation, presumably intended to mirror the cartoonish illustrations that pepper the books, seem somewhat abrupt and awkward. Kids ages 7 to 10 will find laughs and adventure in this 91-minute film, but it's definitely not aimed at older kids or adults, who will find it simply adequate. --Tami Horiuchi