Ramona and Beezus
is thoroughly pleasant, and while that may sound like a case of damning a movie with faint praise, the truth is that this is one of the most enjoyable family films of the summer.
Adapted from Beverly Cleary’s perennially popular book series, the movie stars Joey King as Ramona Quimby, a grade-schooler with a big imagination. So big, in fact, that she often clashes with her no-nonsense teacher (Sandra Oh). When Ramona’s upbeat dad (John Corbett) loses his job, the family -- including her teenage sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez), and their practical-minded mother (Bridget Moynahan) -- must make major adjustments, like dad learning how to...