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Ramona and Beezus

Ramona And Beezus

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In Theatres: 
Jul 23, 2010
Grade:
B-
Running Time: 
104 minutes
BOTTOM LINE

At its heart Ramona and Beezus is about family. Even with all the difficulties and hardships, things end up working out in the end.

At some point or another, we have all probably read one of Beverly Clearly's beloved children's books or at least heard her name. The Ramona series is probably her most popular so it comes as no surprise that it would eventually make it to the big screen.

Ramona Quimby (Joey King) is a wild and energetic third grader with a vivid imagination. What kind of kid isn't these days? Because of this, she's always getting into trouble even though she means well most of the time. Her older sister Beatrice aka Beezus (Selena Gomez) is more mature and categorizes her as a pest rather than family. Still, when trouble times are ahead, it's family that will get you through it, although it doesn't hurt to have a little imagination as well.

The film is primarily targeted at the tween age group, give or take a few years. Disney Channel star Selena Gomez is the perfect actress to reel in that sort of crowd as well, despite the film being primarily about the young Ramona. I went into the film expecting some form of feel good entertainment that's goofy and full of heart and creativity. Imagine how surprised I was to find out that wasn't exactly the case.

For something targeting the 12 year old crowd, Ramona and Beezus is surprisingly mature. It deals with touchy subjects such as unemployment, death, and commitment. It's stuff that might go right over the heads of the younger crowd. That's not saying there isn't any imagination in the film because there is plenty of that as well. Ramona is quite the dreamer and her fantasies comes to life on screen.

Older generations will find the love/hate relationship of Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Uncle Hobart (Josh Duhamel) entertaining. There really is something for everyone in this film. Well, at least for all the ladies out there. Not quite sure what's in it for the guys to be honest.

At its heart Ramona and Beezus is about family. Even with all the difficulties and hardships, things end up working out in the end. It's a bit more mature than you would expect for a kids film so parents beware, you might have to do some explain after it's over.

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