Ramona and Beezus

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6.51 h 43 min2010X-RayG
The adventures of young Ramona Quimby (newcomer Joey King) and her big sister Beezus (Selena Gomez) come to life in this all new film based on the best-selling books by Beverly Cleary. Ramona's vivid imagination, boundless energy, and accident-prone antics keep everyone she meets on their toes. But her irrepressible sense of fun, adventure and mischief come in handy when she puts her mind to helping save her family's home.
Directors
Elizabeth Allen
Starring
Joey KingSelena GomezJohn Corbett
Genres
Kids
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Cathleen LaroseReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie
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My daughter loves this movie.
Daniel P. CaudillReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Wholesome
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Loved this movie for our family movie night with our 6yr old daughter! Wholesome and sweet!
H. BalaReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ramona Quimby can be extraordinary - but you probably have to do some damage control in her wake
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- A despondent Beezus: "Who could ever love a girl named Beezus?"
- Ramona, hesitantly: "Jesus?"

In Portland, Oregon dwells Ramona Quimby who is nine years, three months old and, despite her older sister Beezus' assertions, isn't at all a pest or a nuisance (except that she is). Ramona's big imagination lends to plenty of daydreaming and playacting and silly shenanigans, and the rest of the kids in her class think she's daft, her teacher rendered bemused and resigned. Ramona means well, has a big heart, comes from a loving family, but she's like Pollyanna and Walter Mitty and an incoming wrecking ball all rolled into one.

The story's conflict surfaces when Ramona and Beezus' dad gets laid off and suddenly, for the Quimbys, there's penny pinching and the hovering threat of losing their house. Things like this will sometimes have a bigger impact on the children. Ramona not only becomes terrified of losing her home but, after dialogue with a snotty classmate, she also dreads the possibility of her parents divorcing and maybe having to move to Tacoma. Ramona determines to remedy all this. Everyone take cover.

Based on Beverly Cleary's beloved children's books, RAMONA AND BEEZUS and its watchability rest strictly on Joey King's shoulders (Selena Gomez only has a supporting role, really). And to lift one of Ramona's made-up words, Joey King's presence makes this movie all the "funner." It's a fine line to toe, I think. Ramona gets into so many scrapes that inconvenience so many people that it would've been disastrous if the filmmakers had tapped the wrong girl to play her. It would've been all too easy for the audience to perceive Ramona as annoying and even unsympathetic. But Joey King is awesome and so very likable, and she works the crowd with that infectious giggle and that marvelously expressive face and a certain irrepressibility. How could you not forgive her her well-intentioned screw-ups?

The rest of the cast is really good, especially John Corbett who plays Ramona's understanding, nurturing father. Ramona's interactions with her father and with her sister Beatrice (forever known as "Beezus") prove the backbone of the story. I enjoyed watching the sisters' relationship unfold. Ramona, always in trouble about something, fears that she'll never do as well as Beezus who always garners straight A's and is well liked by everyone. And so maybe the turning point for Ramona is when she gets those words of encouragement from Beezus at the end of that one sad evening.

Oh, and somehow Ramona does manage to save the day. Go figure.

Watch RAMONA AND BEEZUS and, chances are, you'll be enchanted by the wonderful Joey King. There's a comfort and a warmth in watching this movie, and you may even get caught up with the side stories, whether it's Ramona's beloved cute Aunt Bea re-sparking an old romance or Beezus kind of striking up a first one. If you want to meet an extraordinary girl bubbling over with life and imagination and who, in prepping for a princess audition, ends up in the bushes and concocts a makeshift tiara out of burrs, well, that's Ramona Quimby all over. Grown-ups will smile throughout this film. Kids will adore it. Fair warning, though, that your young 'uns may pick up Ramona's favorite curse word. Heck, I may even adopt it. There's something pretty visceral about screaming "Ah, guts!" to the heavens. I'm right, yeah?

The DVD's bonus stuff: "Show & Tell Film School" is seven minutes of director Elizabeth Allen giving tips on how to make a movie and we see how she herself applied these tips to her shooting of RAMONA & BEEZUS; 4 Deleted Scenes (totaling 00:04:11 minutes); a gag reel (00:02:50); "My Ramona" features an interview with author Beverly Cleary (00:04:14); and the theatrical trailer.
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PoseyPeddlerReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet Movie for Grandkids
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Entertaining and wholesome
Ben MastersReviewed in the United States on February 8, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ramona Blu-Ray
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The Blu-Ray of "Ramona and Beezus" is the same great film about Ramona Quimby and her big sister Beezus and their parents in their home in Portland, OR (with Vancouver as a stand-in for Portland), with Joey King in the same superb performance as before, but this edition has some new features that are included exclusively on the Blu-Ray (the features from the original DVD edition are also included):

--Deleted scenes: The original DVD edition had four deleted scenes; the Blu-Ray has three more deletions, for a total of 7.

--A Day in the Life of Joey King: This 5-min. feature is an insider's view of what a normal day was like for Joey King, star of "Ramona and Beezus," who went by "Pickle" on the walkie-talkie. It shows her at makeup, in one of her homeschooling sessions (she was focused on fractions in this one), and in the process of shooting the playground rings scene with Jason Spevack (who played her friend Howie Kemp); the school scenes were shot at an actual school. One thing that I was surprised to learn about her is that she has cat allergies WRT shooting the scenes w/Picky-Picky.

--Selena and Joey Audition Footage: Two scenes of Selena Gomez and Joey King in rehearsal. One is when Beezus wanted to die after Ramona embarrassed her at the lemonade stand; the other is when Ramona is opening up her lemonade stand. These were the rough cuts of the actual scenes. It should be noted that Joey was not in the hairstyle that she would have in the film as Ramona.

--Fox Movie Channel Presents Life After Film School: Director Elizabeth Allen is questioned by three film students in a 22-min. interview.

The other features that were carried over from the DVD edition include:
--a 3-min. gag reel;

--"My Ramona with Author Beverly Cleary," in which the author talks about how Ramona came to be popular and some of the stars of the film talk about what the books meant to them (4 min.+);

--"Show and Tell Film School" (7 min.), where director Elizabeth Allen and star Joey King present tips on how to make your own film, with a bit of an insider's view of how they made "Ramona";

--and the original theatrical trailer.

In addition to the features, the film is presented in HD on this Blu-Ray edition, and has English and French audio, and English and Spanish subtitles (the same languages as on the DVD edition). The Blu-Ray comes in a 3-pack with a copy of the original DVD edition and a digital copy for portable devices. The artwork for the Blu-Ray disc is the same as the original DVD edition, with the included DVD having somewhat different artwork (this one had Selena and Joey in a field of flowers, apparently); the digital copy shows Ramona hanging upside down from the "Z" and "S" in the title. The three discs are in a clear blue rounded square case, with the Blu-Ray and DVD on a hinged flipper, and the digital copy on its own on the right-hand inside of the case.

The menu for the BD is essentially the same as for the DVD, but the options are on tiny scraps of paper.

In short, whether you get this combo Blu-Ray/DVD/digital copy, or you get the original DVD edition by itself, I think that you'll be treating yourself to what I believe is one of the best films I've ever seen, with one of the greatest performances ever from a juvenile actress by the name of Joey King.
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RSARAHJReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm a ten year old girl and I absolutely loved it! FIVE STAR
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I'm a ten year old girl and I absolutely loved it! FIVE STAR

It was: comical, interesting, heartfelt, and I'm very sad that I finished it. I definitely recommend this movie for all ages but if you don't prefer kissing at all for your kids I don't recommend this movie, but if you're okay with four kissings then I totally recommend it!
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Violet Bear ReviewsReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious Family-Friendly Movie EVERYONE Should SEE!!!
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Everyone adores sweet little Ramona and her wonderful adventures, so I was thrilled when I found out there was a movie reflecting a little bit of her whole story.

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*SPOILER-FREE REVIEW (BY VB REVIEWS on AMAZON)*
Ramona (young Joey King) is struggling as a younger child of her finance-struggling family while teenager Beezus (Selena Gomez) is trying not to get frustrated over the annoyingly embarrassing antics of her sister who NEVER seams to grow up. But the true excitement starts when their understanding Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) visits them—and makes a new encounter with her long-forgotten (or said to be forgotten) high-school sweetheart, Hobart (Josh Duhamel), who is staying for a while with his extended family (an extended family that HAPPENS to live next door and HAPPENS to be the family of Ramona's best friend). And while Aunt Bea tries to avoid Hobart at all costs, Hobart endlessly tries to trap Bea back into a romance.

This worth-while movie is a mix of everything wound up to an awesome movie that will make you LOL. Ramona's goofy character; a loving, determined family; a sweet competitive romance; and the well-displayed conflicts that leave you on the edge of your seat will bring a smile on all of your family's faces.
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5 STARS!!!

- VB Reviews
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tmcint67Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rented for my nieces
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Rented this movie for my nieces and they liked it. Grew up reading the books
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