This is a film that needs Ritalin
By PETER KEOUGH | June 9, 2011
The mood never dips below the high end of mania in John Schultz's punishing adaptation of Megan McDonald's children's book series. With day-glo colors, a soundtrack more annoying than the ice cream truck that's a recurring gag, editing as subtle as blue vomit on a roller coaster, and child actors who make Heather Graham look like Laurence Olivier, this is a film that needs Ritalin. Judy (Jordana Beatty) has planned the perfect not bummer summer vacation, but it all unravels when her cool friends go off on trips to Borneo or circus camp and she's stuck with dorky Frank and her brother Stink. Then kooky Aunt Opal (Graham) shows up, Big Foot is sighted, and the whimsy gets really tedious. A reference to Mary Poppins serves as a reminder that all kids' movies don't have to be stupid and obnoxious, but this one shows contempt for children of all ages.
91 MINUTES | BOSTON COMMON + FENWAY + FRESH POND + SOMERVILLE THEATRE + SUBURBS
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