Ramona and Beezus

  • Review Date: June 21, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Beloved book girl comes to life in sweet, kid-friendly tale.
  • Review Date: June 21, 2010
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but kids will take away important lessons about friendship, family, and self-confidence.

Positive messages

The movie is full of positive messages about the importance of family, believing in yourself, and being true to who you are. It embraces individuality and imagination and suggests that it's never too late to do what you love or be a better version of yourself.

Positive role models

Sure, she's unpredictable and impetuous, but Ramona Quimby is also loyal, imaginative, hardworking, passionate, creative, and enthusiastic. Her family and friends are ultimately supportive and loving, even if they do get frustrated with her sometimes. Ramona's parents -- especially her dad -- stay upbeat despite tough circumstances; her dad offers an example of someone finding a silver lining within what seems like a pretty dark cloud.

Violence & scariness

Some slapstick falls, bumps, and bruises. A few scenes in which Ramona imagines scary things happening (thanks mostly to her sister's suggestions...). A brief kitchen fire. A pet's death is sad but handled gently.

Sexy stuff

A few kisses and embraces between adult couples. One teenage kiss (as well as some tentative flirting). A rekindled romance is one of the movie's key subplots.

Language

A few insults like "stupid" and "jerk." When Ramona wants to say a bad word, she chooses "guts."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults toast with champagne.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adaptation of Beverly Cleary's classic children's books about impulsive, imaginative Ramona Quimby and her older sister Beezus (played by tween favorite Selena Gomez) is a sweet, age-appropriate story about family and friendship. The plot revolves around Ramona's father losing his job, which may resonate all too well for some families in today's economy, but the tone is light overall, and the ultimate message is that believing in yourself and the people you love can help overcome any obstacle. There are a few sad moments relating to a pet's death, as well as some mild flirting and kissing between both adult couples and a pair of teenagers. Ramona gets into her share of mischief, but she always intends well, and she apologizes when she makes mistakes.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Grade-schooler Ramona Quimby (Joey King) lives with her family -- Mom (Bridget Moynahan), Dad (John Corbett), older sister Beezus (Selena Gomez), and baby sister Roberta -- on Portland's charming Klickitat Street. Everywhere she looks, Ramona sees the potential for adventure and imagination -- but even though she always means well, sometimes her enthusiasm leads to sticky situations ... and exasperated friends and family members. All of Ramona's optimism and imagination are put to the test when her dad unexpectedly loses his job; she's sure she can help save their house, whether that means selling homemade lemonade or auditioning for a TV commercial. Meanwhile, Ramona's Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) is rekindling a romance with former high school sweetheart Hobart (Josh Duhamel), and Beezus starts looking at longtime friend Henry Huggins (Hutch Dano) in a new light.

Is it any good?

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Fans of Beverly Cleary's beloved children's books about Ramona will quickly realize that RAMONA AND BEEZUS combines elements from more than one of them; the central job-loss storyline comes from Ramona and Her Father, while other incidents are borrowed from different books in the series. But while it may frustrate purists, the blending doesn't make the movie any less sweet or charming. Much of that is thanks to King -- she sells Ramona's particular mix of earnestness and mischievousness perfectly. You always believe her when she says she's sorry for her latest misadventure ... even though you know another one is just around the corner.

The rest of the cast is fine; Moynahan's character isn't particularly well developed, but Corbett's Mr. Quimby is warm and relatable -- his relationship with Ramona is one of the nicest things about the movie. Gomez, who's sure to be a big draw for tween fans (and also sings a song on the movie's soundtrack album), is cute as the often put-upon Beezus, and Duhamel is quite charismatic as reformed committmentphobe Hobart. Ramona and Beezus might not break any cinematic molds, but it's gentle, upbeat, and kid-friendly -- and that goes a long way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ramona's behavior. Does she ever mean to get in trouble/make mistakes? Why does it sometimes happen anyway?

  • What makes Ramona different from other kids? Kids: How are you different from your friends and classmates? Does that ever feel like a bad thing? How do you handle that?

  • Is Ramona and Beezus' relationship believable? How well do you get along with your sibling(s)? What are the good and bad parts about having a brother and/or sister?

  • Fans of the Ramona books can talk about how the movie compares to what they've read. Which do you like better? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 23, 2010
DVD release date:November 9, 2010
Cast:Bridget Moynahan, Joey King, John Corbett, Selena Gomez
Director:Elizabeth Allen
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters, Great girl role models
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byTuesdayBear July 26, 2010
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I loved these books as a child, and frankly wasn't expecting much from this movie (the book's always better than the movie, right?). I was very pleasantly surprised. This movie basically took the great moments from all of the Ramona books and combined them. Joey King captured the essence of Ramona quite well. Selena Gomez was just a bit too glamorous as Beezus, but she had good moments. John Corbett (Chris from Northern Exposure) was absolutely perfect as Mr. Quimby. He was a very good choice. This movie was entertaining for both myself and my daughter. She appreciated all of the Ramona-esque antics, and I appreciated the relationships among the adults in the film. I'm usually a stickler about not letting my daughter watch teen-romance type shows, but I felt that any kissing in this movie was wholly appropriate (related to a newly engaged couple, and a quick peck among teens). The self-proclaimed "love life" of Beezus is a very minor sub-plot, and is innocent in the way that teen crushes should be. The final scene shows Beezus setting some very good boundaries, which I think makes her character a good role model for young girls. All in all, this was a very enjoyable movie. We'll be purchasing this one, and we don't buy a lot of movies.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old July 14, 2010
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7
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Great for ages 7 and up

My whole family enjoyed this kid friendly movie!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byjazzyhaddad123 ... July 10, 2010
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2
QUALITY
 

you don't have a son.ssilly my cousin! jason

SANDIE ANGULO CHEN WILL RATE IT IFFY FOR AGE 14-15, OFF FOR 14 AND UNDER, AND ON FOR 15 AND OVER, SHE PROMISE, I SAY YOU CAN WATCH RATED G AT ANY AGE.

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