Ramona and Beezus parents guide

Ramona and Beezus Parent Guide

Despite the number of children's movies on the market, it isn't often that one finds a film as endearing and family friendly as "Ramona and Beezus".

Overall A

Ramona Quimby (Joey King) is one of a kind-- or at least her parents (Bridget Moynahan and John Corbett) and her big sister Beezus (Selena Gomez) hope so! And that's because the imaginative and unconventional third grader has a real talent for trouble.

Release date July 23, 2010

Violence A-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use B+

Why is Ramona and Beezus rated G? The MPAA rated Ramona and Beezus G

Run Time: 104 minutes

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Despite the number of children’s movies on the market, it isn’t often that one finds a film as endearing and family friendly as Ramona and Beezus. The characters, based on the book series by Beverly Cleary, have been around for nearly 60 years and charmed generations of young readers. Hopefully, this modern day theatrical adaptation will appeal to all those Ramona fans as well as garner new admirers.

Ramona Quimby is played by Joey King, a ten-year-old girl who has already chalked up an impressive acting resume. Selma Gomez, known for her roles in Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place television shows, stars as Beezus.

While Beezus is a beautiful, smart and seemingly confident 15-year-old, Ramona is hopelessly bound to get herself in trouble. Whether on the school playground, in the classroom with her teacher (Sandra Oh) or at home with her sisters, things rarely go right for this imaginative but earnest elementary aged child. But her sincerity is admirable, especially when her father (John Corbett) loses his job. With her mother (Bridget Moynahan) forced to go back to work while their dad looks for new employment, the girls take on more responsibilities around the house. For her part, Ramona determines to earn some extra cash for the family by selling lemonade and washing cars. Though the results of her efforts are less than financially sound, she does manage to help her Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) reconnect with her old boyfriend Hobart (Josh Duhamel).

The friendship between Ramona and her favorite aunt is just one of the positive family relationships depicted in this story. Ramona’s father also plays an important and supportive role in his daughters’ lives. Though the Quimbys face some difficult and believable challenges—a job loss, sibling teasing, the death of a pet, and the stress of money issues—the script addresses these trials without becoming overly sappy or offering unrealistic solutions. Even when Ramona packs her suitcase and decides to run away, her parents do what they can to encourage her to come home.

With almost nonexistent content concerns (other than some brief moments of peril), many parents will feel comfortable bringing even their youngest school-aged children. And moms and dads won’t have to worry about enduring another kids’ movie when they sit through this live action motion picture. With a lively storyline and realistic portrayals of home life, even adults will likely find something they can enjoy in this Grade A production.

Directed by Elizabeth Allen. Starring Joey King, Selena Gomez, Bridget Moynahan, John Corbett. Running time: 104 minutes. Theatrical release July 23, 2010. Updated

Ramona and Beezus
Rating & Content Info

Why is Ramona and Beezus rated G? Ramona and Beezus is rated G by the MPAA

Violence: A character accidently causes a truck to crash into a garage full of paint.

Language: None noted.

Sexual Content: Teens exchange a brief kiss. An adult couple kisses at their wedding.

Drugs/Alcohol: Adults open a bottle of champagne to celebrate an achievement.

Other: A character experiences moments of brief peril when she becomes stuck on playground equipment. She also engages in mischievous behaviors such as squeezing all the toothpaste out of a tube, running away from home, jumping on the bed, pulling a girl’s hair, and exaggerating information during a presentation. A family pet dies. Children worry after hearing their parents argue. A family experiences the stress of a job loss as well as a possible relocation.

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Ramona and Beezus Parents' Guide

How do Beezus and Ramona react when they overhear their parents’ argument? How can the stress of a job loss (or other major crisis) affect different family members? What can parents do to help their children feel secure during difficult times?

What roles do relatives play in this film? How can aunts, uncles, grandparents or cousins assist a nuclear family? What other kinds of supportive adults can parents find for their children?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Ramona and Beezus movie is November 9, 2010. Here are some details…

Ramona and Beezus releases to home video on November 9, 2010, on DVD and Blu-ray (as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack).

Ramona and Beezus on DVD includes:

- Theatrical version of the movie.

- Gag Reel

- Five deleted scenes.

- Featurette: My Ramona with author Beverly Cleary

- Show & Tell Film School (Tips and tricks on how kids can make their own movie).

Ramona and Beezus Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with an exclusive journal, plus:

Disc 1:

- Blu-ray copy of the theatrical version of the movie

- Show & Tell Film School (Tips and tricks on how kids can make their own movie).

- Seven deleted scenes.

- Gag Reel

- Featurettes: My Ramona with author Beverly Cleary, A Day in the Life of Joey King,

Selena & Joey Audition Footage and Fox Movie Channel Presents: Life After Film School w/Director Elizabeth Allen.

Disc 2:

- DVD copy of the theatrical version of the film.

- Gag Reel

- Five deleted scenes.

- Featurette: My Ramona with author Beverly Cleary

- Show & Tell Film School (Tips and tricks on how kids can make their own movie).

Disc 3:

- Digital Copy of the film.

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Ramona and Beezus is based on the characters in Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s book series.These can be found at your local library.

Joey King and Selma Gomez also worked together while lending their vocal talents to characters in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Horton Hears a Who. A group of mischievous siblings are in for a surprise when Nanny McPhee arrives on their front step.

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