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| | 1 hr 43 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Family

I'm sure you remember the rambunctious kid from childhood books, the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. If you were a fan, see the movie, an adaptation of the collection. It centers on Ramona Quimby, a little girl with a very active imagination and to a lesser degree her older sister Beatrice, called Beezus, a typical teen wanting her own space and identity.

The movie follows Ramona as she and her family find balance and happiness in their lives. The Quimbys comprise of Ramona (Joey King), Beatrice (Selena Gomez), mom Dorothy (Bridget Moynahan), dad Robert (John Corbett), baby sister Roberta, and Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin).

The story unfolds as Mr. Quimby loses his job during a home renovation. Ramona overhears and makes a mission out of raising money to help. Mrs. Quimby goes back to work so the family has income while her husband searches for a job, so Aunt Bea comes to babysit. Beezus navigates her feelings for a neighbor, her friend Henry and deals with Ramona constantly embarrassing her when he is around.

At school, Ramona is the joke of the class due to her vivid imagination, but has one close friend. Her adventurous and rambunctious take on life seem to cause problems for everyone else, even though she only tries to help. While hosting a lemonade stand, Beezus swallows a fly and spits in Henry's face. She blames Ramona. Ramona decides to have a car wash and accidentally rolls Hobart's (Aunt Bea's ex, played by Josh Duhamel) car in a garage where it gets covered in paint. Trouble just follows the young girl and theses are only a few of the incidents.

In a turn of events, the family cat Picky-Picky dies, bringing the sisters closer together. Mr. Quimby gets a job offer, but the family must move. After a bit of reluctance, Aunt Bea reunites with Hobart. Ramona runs away because she feels she is the cause of her family's problems, but doesn't make it very far before they're reunited. The movie ends with a wedding and the family happily staying put, as Mr. Quimby receives a job at Ramona's school.

Ramona helps her family love one another and this tale is more heartfelt than comedic, although there are plenty of laughs with Ramona's antics. This movie is perfect for the whole family with storylines suitable for all ages.

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Stars
Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin
Director
Elizabeth Allen (II), Elizabeth Allen (I)
Language
English
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