Suzanne Tenner
Owen Gleiberman
June 15, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
91 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/10/11
performer
Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham
director
John Schultz
distributor
Relativity Media
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

How go-go precocious is Judy (Jordana Beatty), the tween heroine of Megan McDonald’s book series? She’s so manic she thinks summer is boring. To avoid a bummer summer, she assigns ”thrill points” to various activities that all end up disasters: She falls into a river while tightrope-walking, gets splattered with Sno-Cone barf on a roller coaster, etc. The lesson is that fun can’t be planned, but the film is so airless (think iCarly as a videogame) that there isn’t a truly playful moment in it. C?

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