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George reviews 'Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer'

June 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The full-of-energy Judy Moody leaps from the page to the screen in "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer."

Judy's soon bummed out when her friends are off on their own summer adventures. But when her aunt arrives to babysit, the summer may not be so bad after all.

Heather Graham is actually a lot of fun as the adventurous, free-spirited Aunt Opal.

The movie seems pretty much aimed at 3rd-graders, which is where Judy is in life.

Jordana Beatty, as the title character, seems to talk practically non-stop through the movie. Someone really needs to calm this kid down! I think she inhales sugar.

Points for exciting summer challenges keep popping up onscreen as visual aids. Maybe kids will think that's cool. I found it a little distracting at times.

I also wasn't buying all the dialogue. Do 3rd-graders really use the word "uber?"

I admit it was cool seeing Jaleel White as Judy's teacher. You might remember him better as "Urkel" on TV's "Family Matters."

In a nutshell, this film is strictly for a very young audience. If you take your kid to see this, you deserve the extra points.

If your child loves the "Judy Moody" series of books, or the ones about her brother, Stink, then you know who this movie will please. But this might please you: It's under 90 minutes.

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