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"Ramona and Beezus," adapted from the books by Beverly Cleary, is a film that could have easily gone wrong, appealing to younger audiences with endless juvenile slapstick routines. But there's so much more going on here than the mischievous antics of a third grader. It tells a bright, funny, heartfelt story, and despite its innocent tone and waning nostalgia, it never plays down to its audience. It supplies little Ramona with dialogue just sharp enough to make her seem observant, but not so sharp that she sounds like a nine-year-old psychotherapist. It's sweet without becoming sappy. It makes the characters likeable but flawed at the same time. Its plot is fun but not so light-hearted that it sidesteps unfortunate realities.Read more ›
In contrast, this movie pitches Cleary's plots to you like fastballs. For example, first Ramona gets a bad report card and curses (Ramona the Brave), then she makes a mess with toothpaste (Ramona and Her Mother), and then her dad brings home Gummi Bears for her and sister to share (Ramona and Her Father), and so on. There's also some fantasy sequences to emphasize Ramona's runaway imagination and to give the film even more of a child's eye-view perspective.
The overall plot is basically borrowed from "Ramona Forever," as Howie Kemp's annoying Uncle Hobart tries to (re) woo Ramona's Aunt Bea. There's also a storyline (Ramona and Her Father) about their dad losing his job (which caused an audible gasp in my audience). This isn't sugarcoated, although there's a happy ending for all the characters.
Joey King does an outstanding job as Ramona, as does Selena Gomez as Beezus (although physically, she's too glamorous for my idea of the character), and the rest of the cast is solid, too.
Adult-appropriate only material: Absolutely none, although if your kids know someone who's lost their job, they might ask questions about the bank repossessing their home. So be prepared.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Movie barely goes along with the book series. Characters are disappointing. I bought it to go along with a Beverly Cleary book study, but will not be sharing it with my students.Published 10 days ago by Teacher Momma
my daughter purchased this movie, needless to say without asking, so i wouldn't honestly knowPublished 21 days ago by Kari Knox
My daughter preferred the books over the movie but still enjoyed it.Published 25 days ago by brian johnson
very cute family movie, seen it 3 times now and never get tired, very entertaining, Joey King is adorable, well, the whole family is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vlad Pitt
Kids love this movie. Shipped it quick, starting watching it just as fast.Published 1 month ago by Peter Chambers
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