When I entered high school, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. At some point, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be an entertainment reporter. Clearly, that didn’t happen. But somehow, last Friday, I found myself at a media junket for Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer. How cool is that?
Jordana Beatty is perfectly cast to play Judy. She just explodes on the screen in this fun and adorable character. And she landed the role via a Skype audition! Opposite Heather Graham, who is just stunning by the way, I loved seeing the adventures they get into. They both talked about how much fun they had making the movie and after seeing the film, I can see why!
Jaleel White, who lets face it, has come a long way from his Urkel days. Dare I say, Hot? (or maybe you remember the later seasons when he played the alter-ego Stephan? Hubba hubba). He plays Mr. Todd, Judy’s beloved teacher, and he is fantastic. When I asked what he would want people to know about him, he said, “I’m a hard worker… ” Yes, he is. I found him to be genuine, with a great sense of humor. He read the books, got a bad haircut and even learned to play the banjo for it! It’s great to see a child star grown up to be someone with a great outlook on life and a work ethic to be proud of.
The thing that made me want to get involved with reviewing the film is that the movie is based on a fun series of books about an imaginative and adventurous girl. Getting to meet the author, Megan McDonald, who also adapted it for the screen, was a huge treat for me. She based a lot of the characters on people and kids she knows in her life. When asked what advice she’d give to aspiring writers, she said “tell a great story… a story you have within you.”
The movie is colorful, fun, and though geared toward kids, still enjoyable for parents. I laughed and remembered my own childhood. It sparked some great conversation with my own girls. They loved the movie. Isa asked if I would buy her some of the books this weekend.
This morning she told me she was going to make up her own summer “thrill point” chart! On the list? San Francisco to visit the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Headquarters, Disneyland, Solvang, and the list grows. I guess I’m going to have an active summer helping her get these thrill points!
A movie that gets my kid to laugh, read, and use her imagination? And made me laugh too? Thumbs way up!
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer opens in theaters on Friday, June 10 and is rated PG.
I wasn’t compensated for this post and my opinions are my own. I did get to see an advanced screening through momsla. And was fed a cookie.