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Friday, November 5, 2010

Movie Review: Ramona and Beezus

Based on the Ramona series by author Bevelry Cleary, Ramona and Beezus centers around the Quimby family as they navigate their way through daily life.  The Quimby family include Mom and Dad and their three daughters, Beatrice, also known as "Beezus", Ramona and baby Roberta.  The star of the movie and the story is Ramona played by Joey King.  She simply shines in the role.  You can't help but wonder what kind of trouble will she end up in next.  Her resemblance to Selena Gomez as Beezus helps too.  You could believe that they really were sisters.  

The plot is fairly simple.  Beezus and Ramona's dad loses his job and has to find another one and their Mom goes off to work instead.  The film shows us how the Quimby family copes with the everyday troubles, like paying the bills and making sure everyone eats dinner together.  There's a small sub-plot about the girls' Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) who reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Hobart (Josh Duhamel), the boy next door.  The movie also focuses on young Ramona's troubles as she tries to make money to help her parents out or just tries to get a decent photo taken on school photo day and her usual squabbles with her elder sister, Beezus.  

This is a family film, one everyone can enjoy.  I myself read a few Ramona books when I was a kid and it was a bit nostalgic to see the characters I had grown up reading about.  The film is light and warm and make you reminisce about the mischief you may have gotten into when you were a kid.  

Directed by Elizabeth Allen; Screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustag; Cinematography by John Bailey; Editing by Jane Moran; Music by Mark Mothersbaugh

Cast includes: John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Duhamel, and Sandra Oh


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