“Ramona and Beezus” Just what Girls Need.

Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 44 min.
Release Date: July 23rd, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution


Director: Elizabeth Allen (II)

JJ Rating: B

See it again: No.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: anyone with little girls. It’s a perfect movie for them.


Ramona (Joey King) is a unique little girl that sees things like no one else and ends up causing more trouble than she intends. She only tries to be herself, but seems to step on everyone’s toes in the process. Ramona and Beezus.

The story had its cute moments. There were several touching scenes. The movie overall had an idea of fun and it was up-building family stuff. The one theme I saw and agree with was that “children will make mistakes, deal with it lovingly” and ideally loving has to do with calm and care. There’s a lot of times, I know, that children do things and you just want to wring their necks in an unharmful but stress relieving kind of way. The problem is that these kinds of things imprint on their little minds and cause problems later. There has to be a balance. Though I’ll never watch this movie again I think that showing this theme the way they did was smart and well done.

Joey King was adorable and performed well as the little obnoxious child that was so huggable. She would get on my nerves but I couldn’t stay mad at her forever. That face is too hard to remain mad at. Ha. Selena Gomez plays Beezus and she’s really nice, so it was hard to see her act mean and believe it, but she tried and it worked ok. John Corbett played Robert, the father, and he had the right amount of strength and kindness to be that father a little girl would want as her daddy. Bridget Moynahan plays Dorothy, the mom, and she does a good job. She’s pretty, if this were a whore drama on primetime she’d be a target for the American Pie generation. Ginnifer Goodwin plays Aunt Bea and Josh Duhamel plays her love interest Hobart. Aside from the fact Hobart is a terrible name these two had fantastic chemistry. This brings me to Sandra Oh who plays the teacher. She did that with deadpan, dry awesomeness. She’s so good with that it’s great to watch. She really brings out the fun in her character toward the end.

I do not recall ever reading these books. Ramona and Beezus is far too simple for me to enjoy and not too much fun as I had hoped, but if I had little girls I’d take them to see this film, most defiantly. There’s a lot to learn and enjoy and it wouldn’t annoy me to see it over and over again. But I won’t be having girls, I’ll be using my mind to make sure I only have boys. You read that right, but if I did have girls, this movie is on the list of ok things for them to see. It may be a girly movie, but it’s a strong girly movie. No wimpy girls here.

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