Teen sensation Selena Gomez (“Hannah Montana,” “Wizards of Waverly Place”) teams up with newcomer Joey King in this delightful coming-of-age comedy based on the best-selling books by Beverly Cleary. Ramona (King) is a little girl with a very big imagination and a nose for mischief. Her playful antics keep everyone in her loving family on their toes, including her older sister Beezus (Gomez), who's just trying to survive her first year of high school. Through all the ups and downs of childhood, Ramona and Beezus learn that anything’s possible when you believe in yourself and rely on each other.
**Widescreen Theatrical Feature
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Cast & Crew
It's something that you would not be unhappy seeing on television, [but] there's nothing that calls it for you to go see it on the big-screen.
Honesty about the difficulties, both large and small, of being part of a family is what Ramona and Beezus does best, even if the rough and dangerous edges have been filed down.
Allen's direction is bright and imaginative; particularly enjoyable are the movie's occasional flights of fancy.
The film tries to appeal to audiences of all ages, and for the most part "reels you in like a sea bass," as Ramona would say.
[Ramona] deserves better treatment, fairer justice, than she gets in Ramona and Beezus, for no other reason than she's the best thing in it: a rambunctious, bright-eyed mighty mouse with a kaleidoscopic wardrobe and an imagination to match.
Sure, the film's reality may be saccharine, but for a non-computer animated, non-3D kid's film, we'll take it.
Ramona and Beezus has enough charm to forgive it an unnecessary foray onto romantic-comedy turf.