Ramona and Beezus

Movie review by
Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Beloved book girl comes to life in sweet, kid-friendly tale.
  • G
  • 2010
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 68 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 72 reviews

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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, integrity, 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 & Representations

Sure, she's unpredictable and impetuous, but Ramona Quimby is also loyal, imaginative, hardworking, passionate, creative, curious, 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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults toast with champagne.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ramona and Beezus is an 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). It's 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byKathyebailey May 30, 2019

Don’t be fooled by the low star rating from common sense media

This movie was great. I am very picky about what I let my kids watch and I had no problems with this movie morally.

The big sister wasn’t very nice to her lit... Continue reading
Adult Written byMollyRosesmom September 19, 2018

We loved it!

My 6 year old and I loved this movie. We rarely watch movies because they are all too scary or intense. Not this one. There are some times they say "stupid... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 23, 2019

Exquisite creation

I think that you should let your kids watch this movie because it is the common stages of life and to me it was an amazing movie with great acting and believe i... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 28, 2021

Only three stars?! This was my favorite movie when I was little!

I watched Ramona and Beezus for the first time when I was five or six with my older sister who was 10 or 11 at the time. We both loved the movie and it was comp... Continue reading

What's the story?

In RAMONA AND BEEZUS, 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?

This book adaptation might not break any cinematic molds, but it's gentle, upbeat, and kid-friendly -- and that goes a long way. 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ramona's behavior in Ramona and Beezus . 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?

  • How do the characters in Ramona and Beezus demonstrate curiosity and integrity? Why are these important character strengths?

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