For the uninitiated, Megan McDonald’s fictional heroine Judy Moody is the lead character in a series of books for those kids who have outgrown Ramona and Junie B. Jones but aren’t ready for young-adult material just yet. The first movie inspired by those novels, Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
, isn’t an adaptation, but rather a fresh adventure co-written by McDonald herself that feels aimed at a younger audience than her books shoot for.
After finishing the third grade, Judy Moody (winningly played by newcomer Jordana Beatty) plans for the greatest summer ever with her three best friends. She’s made a chart where they’ll earn points for doing ex...