The summer movies are rushing to theaters and so are movie fans. It should come as no surprise that the hits are hidden among the misses pretty well. For those unsure of just what to see, look no further than the reactions of Memphis, Tennessee fans to “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.” What did cinema lovers have to say about Judy’s summer misadventures?
“I love the books, but was ultimately disappointed by the film. It really only impresses if you’re younger than Judy. Then again, even as a kids movie it’s not very impressive. The jokes are two dimensional and there isn’t much plot involved.” — Gus Raman, 24, Memphis
“You know what? The movie was a bummer. End of story. I wasn’t expecting much when they cast the porker Heather Graham as Aunt Opal. Her performance could have certainly been better, as I expected. The poor writing and lame plot really hurt.” — David Tretton, 29, Memphis
“As a book series, Judy Moody is fantastic. They’re a great way to spend an afternoon in the middle of summer. The movie? Not so much. It seems like they thought they could slap together an elementary summer comedy and kids with eat it up. I can tell you this. My kids were bored within the first half hour.” — Lucy McKinsey, 38, Cordova
“Frank’s scenes just weren’t funny. The boys in the book play a much more humorous role than their juvenile performance in the film. Stink got a couple of gems early in the film, but otherwise it was a letdown. The girl who portrayed Judy did do a good though.” — Clarisse Demoe, 22, Memphis
“Judy was worried that her summer would be a bummer – she should have been worried that her movie be a bummer. My little sisters loved the movie, but I was bored from start to finish. Who thought that was a good idea?” — Travis Clapton, 17, Jackson
“I was pretty pleased overall. You can’t walk into the theater and expect a kid’s movie to be a work of art. Yes the jokes were kind of lame and yes Judy came across as being fairly spoiled. You know what though? My daughter was really able to relate. She suffered the same disappointment this very year when one of her friends revealed that she would be in summer camp. Think about that.” — Jennifer Armstrong, 40, Collierville
“My little sister wanted to see it. Neither of us were amused- massive disappointment. I would have rather spent my money on some other movie. All the jokes were childish and the characters were stale. Aunt Opal was one of the few entertaining characters. Seriously- this premise has been done to death. What do we have to do for some originality?” — Sally Berea, 19, Memphis