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still from the movie ramona and beezus Sisters Ramona Quimby (Joey King, right) and Beezus Quimby (Selena Gomez) all-too-rarely see eye-to-eye. (Photo: Alan Markfield, 2010 Twentieth Century Fox and Waleden Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved)

Ramona and Beezus

The perfect family movie opens July 23

By Gopa Praturi | null null , null

Ramona and Beezus tells the story of the young, highly imaginative Ramona Quimby and her sister Beezus. The movie, which opens nationwide on Friday, is based on the book Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary.

"Ramona has a strong fantasy life," actor John Corbett, who plays dad Bob Quimby, told Scholastic Kids Press Corps at a recent press day for the movie in New York City. "Whenever she sees something pretty much ordinary, it'll turn into a hot air balloon or a flying machine. She lives the kind of life that we forget after we get older."

You will find it easy to relate to young Ramona Quimby. And the cheerful story of the Quimby family will have the entire family laughing with joy.

"This isn't a kid's movie," said Joey King, who plays Ramona. "It's for the whole family."

Ramona, a youthful 9-and-a-half-year-old girl, is constantly teased. No matter what she tries to do, Ramona is laughed at by the kids at school and by her mundane teacher, Mrs. Meacham.

Her little sister, Roberta, is always the most adorable and precious in the family. Her older sister, Beezus, is more mature and better at everything.

"Beezus is always very studious," says Bridget Moynahan, who plays mom Dorothy Quimby. "She always wants to please her parents and she goes by the book. Whereas, Ramona is completely out of the box! That's what fascinated me. You could have two children, both parented the same way, and they could both have two completely different personalities."

In the movie, Ramona and Beezus find out that their father has lost his job. Mom has to earn the family living for the time being. Hoping she could finally make a difference in her family, Ramona tries all kinds of methods to help raise money with the help of Beezus and her friend Howie. Of course, all her attempts wind up as disasters.

The love and care the family members in Ramona and Beezus share is what makes this movie spectacular. Author Cleary created a substantial bond between the two sisters that translates well to the big screen. Furthermore, Bob and Dorothy treat their three children with such care that this movie could almost be a two-hour tutorial on parenthood.

"I really like the relationship between the family members in this movie," says Selena Gomez, who plays Beezus. "Ramona and Beezus fight and they hate each other in the beginning; then they realize that they really need each other."

If you are in search of a heartwarming family movie, Ramona and Beezus is the perfect solution.

For more about the movie, check out Kid Reporter Grace Choi's report on her visit to the movie in Vancouver, Canada, last year on the Scholastic Kids Press Corps Blog. Also, check out the movie's official website.


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