1 hour, 44 minutes
G General Audiences.
Joey King ... Ramona Quimby
Selena Gomez ... Beezus Quimby
John Corbett ... Robert Quimby
Bridget Moynahan ... Dorothy Quimby
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Aunt Bea
Josh Duhamel ... Hobart
Jason Spevack ... Howie Kemp
Sierra McCormick ... Susan
Sandra Oh ... Mrs. Meacham
Kathryn Zenna ... Mrs. Kushner
Janet Wright ... Grandma Kemp
Ruby Curtis ... Willa Jean
Hutch Dano ... Henry Huggins
| Ramona and Beezus is based on Beverly Cleary's popular children's books and relates the misadventures of a Ramona Quimby (Joey King), a rambunctious grade-schooler with a
supersized imagination and her more sedate older sister,
Beezus (Selena Gomez). Both of them are nice as is their Dad (John Corbett) and Mom
(Bridget Moynahan), as well as Mom's slightly funky younger sister, Aunt
Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin), and Aunt Bea's even funkier former-and-future
beau, Hobart (Josh Duhamel). Ramona's
wise third-grade teacher, Mrs. Meacham (Sandra Oh) is nice too, even
when she's saying "shush." In fact, everyone is so darn nice and each of their escapades; including Ramona setting the house on fire and Dad
losing his job - ends up making you feel it's nice too.
When it becomes a possibility that they'll have to move away from their beloved Portland,
Ore., neighborhood, the accident-prone
third-grader comes up with assorted moneymaking schemes that have a
habit of not quite working out as planned, often to the embarrassment of
Beezus and their Aunt Bea.
The film directed by Elizabeth Allen is shot in
the bright colors of summertime beach towels. On the one hand, it
reflects the cheery, lighthearted humor of Cleary's well-loved books,
first published half a century ago, but the film never quite captures their true essence.