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(2011), PG [PG*] (1hr 23.9min)

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November 20, 2011
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), PG [PG*] ... For the most part this is a true kid-caliber movie.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): CBM Productions, Relativity Media, Smokewood Production
Distribution (US): Fox Home Entertainment
Director(s): John Schultz
Producer(s): Sarah Magness, Gary Magness, Andrew Sugerman, Bobbi Sue Luther, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Megan McDonald
Screenplay by: Kathy Waugh, Megan McDonald
Based on the "Judy Moody" Book Series by Megan McDonald
Cinematography/Camera: Shawn Maurer
Music: Richard Gibbs
Film Editing: John Pace III
Casting: Julie Ashton
Production Design: Cynthia Charette
Art Direction: Vaserie Green
Viewed on Fox Home Entertainment DVD

Since the insufferable Judy Moody (Jordana Beaty) cannot go to California with her parents (Kristoffer Ryan Winters and Janet Varney), cannot go to Borneo with Amy (Taylar Hender) and cannot go to circus camp with Rocky (Garrett Ryan), she is bent on NOT having "the way worst, double-drat, bummer summer ever." Y'know. Those summers of TV (no cable) and Grandma Lou.

Judy had planned a super summer of earning thrill points by daring deeds such as riding the Screaming Monster roller coaster with no hands but all her friends were off to distant parts of the world. She is stuck with her brother James, a.k.a., Stink (Parris Mosteller) and Frank (Preston Bailey). Oh yeah! Let's not exclude Judy's "adult" supervisor in mom and dad's absence, Aunt Opal (Heather Graham).

In the absence of her friends, Judy devises a plan to hold a thrilladelic contest to earn thrill points wherever she and her friends may be. Whoever reaches 100 thrill points first wins. World-traveler Aunt Opal is one to be eccentrically supportive of adolescent mischief.

One positive note for viewers. This is a delightful romp of the preteen through a few days of summer. It is not a cookie-cutter film repeating a plethora of vulgar jokes and other inappropriate content meant to also amuse/entertain the adults who accompany their kids but means nothing to children which you've had to tolerate through the previous couple dozen "kids shows." There is some of such content, most of which is discussed below (which I suspect was added as embellishment by the filmmakers for whatever reason). For the most part this is a true kid-caliber movie. It earned a final score of 85 which places it just three points out of 13 below the scoring range earned by G-rated movies in the comparative baseline database. Inspect our listing of Findings and the discussions below and you will be armed with knowledge of all the inappropriate and off-color content before deciding for what age stratum, if any, you deem this film to be fit.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 76 out of 100
Most violence/crime content comes in the form of vehicular irresponsibility. One of the Bigfoot hunters impersonates the police with a red flashing car top light.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 60 out of 100
Gross humor and crude humor such as manure humor appear occasionally. Adolescent mischief and rudeness are present as are one lie, a tantrum and a bit of vandalism regarding clothes hanging on a clothesline. And twice the crew trespass on private property. Though it is not politically correct to mention, one character (a carny) appears in punk style.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 76 out of 100
In addition to a prepubescent or just pubescent little girl wearing a very short skirt in which she shows little concern about guarding what can show, Heather Graham dresses to challenge modesty frequently. One time there is a camera angle (or pose) to force the viewer on Graham's figure.

Let me point out the appearance of Judy in a bathtub. If that scene were not to take a chip out of the foundation of wholesome morality why then did the writers keep her brother, Stink out of the bathroom in which Judy was bathing while 200,000,000 viewers were allowed in? [1 Thess. 4:1 - 5, 7]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There is no consumption or possession of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages nor is there any use of tobacco and no abuses of prescription drugs in the entire 83.9 minutes of the program.

Offense to God (O) - 96 out of 100
One time Judy utters a euphemism of Jesus' name. [Deut. 5:11] Jesus holds a special place for little ones in His Heart and is grieved deeply when adults lead them into sin such as blasphemy. He warns that they who teach and/or cause His little ones to sin would be better off with a millstone tied about his/her neck then cast into the sea [Luke 17:2] And yes, "little ones" includes at-home teens since "little one" is mikros, meaning younger by birth. All of your children are younger than you by birth. Jesus further warns that whatever one does to children they do to Him. [Matt.25:40]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
There are no murders or suicides. Nor even any mention of them.



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  • 1 Thess. 4:1 - 5 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his [or her] own body [which includes control of drives, touching, seeking, lusting (even after images), crude talk, promiscuity, etc.] in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; [Be master of your body and urges, not a slave to them. Be not a seeker of any manner of sexually-oriented imagery or behavior outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage. For any sexual contact (including sight and sound), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage is sinful.]
  • 1 Thess. 4:7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. [Vain is shav {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as in slang or profanity. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or responsible discussion and in praise and prayer is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name or title. So, trying to excuse such expressions with "I was talking TO God/Jesus when I said that" or It's just words" or "I was acting" will not work with Him. Nor will "Everybody says that" excuse the sin of using His name in vain. If everyone on the planet who has ever drawn a breath used His name in vain, it would still be a sin to do so. If no one ever did, it would still be a sin to do so. Whether we believe it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we care or not.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Judy Moody and the <U>NOT</U> Bummer Summer (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 76 out of 100
  • child riding in car without seatbelt
  • reckless vehicular endangerment, twice
  • reckless driving, twice
  • theater horror sequence
  • impersonating the police

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 60 out of 100
  • gross humor
  • adolescent mischief
  • lie
  • punk attire
  • manure humor
  • trespassing, twice
  • tantrum
  • adolescents in woods alone at night
  • vandalism

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 76 out of 100
  • pubescent girl in very short skirt without concern for preventing exposure
  • adult dressing to challenge modesty, frequent
  • girl in a bathtub
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 96 out of 100
    o a single euphemism of Jesus' name by an adolescent

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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