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Mainstream - Mom Reviewed - Ramona and Beezus

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Ramona and Beezus
Selena Gomez, Joey King, John Corbett
Directed by Elizabeth Allen
Fox Home Entertainment 2010

Ramona & Beezus is the heart-warming story of a quirky third grader who goes through the ups and downs of life.  The plot centers on Ramona and her goofy but creative adventures.  Whether it is inventing new words for class, getting caught upside down in the jungle gym, annoying her older sister, or trying out for a peanut butter commercial, Ramona has a knack for messing things up.  She puts her heart and soul into everything she does so when her father loses his job, she thinks up ways of making extra money to save the family home.  Unfortunately, each idea she comes up with somehow goes awry.  In the end, despite her many misadventures, the people come around and embrace Ramona for who she really is.

My kids truly enjoyed this family DVD so much they watched it three times in one weekend!  One of their absolute favourite scenes is when Beatrice is upset and goes off on Ramona for coining her nickname Beezus.  Sobbing, she asks her: Who could love a girl named "Beezus"?  Ramona looks at her sister and hesitantly replies "hmm....Jesus".  Well, the kids just thought that was hilarious.   That is only one of the many scenes that reflect some of the real life situations kids go through.  Don't think this is just a girls' movie-my son enjoyed it a great deal.  Ramona is very relatable as a third grader who doesn't fit in the traditional school or family model and has a different way of seeing a whole lot of things; in fact, it is the premise of the movie and I think this is why it is so appealing.

Ramona and Beezus is a touching family movie.  I can only hope my kids got the underlying message that sometimes coloring outside the lines, as Ramona put it, is perfectly acceptable.  We should embrace our unique and quirky qualities because pretending to be someone or something else just won't get us the results that we want...no matter how hard we try. Making mistakes is part of life so you just have to get up, dust yourself off and try again. 

Audrey Blair

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