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'Judy Moody' goes to the White House

June 9, 2011 |  4:21 pm

Judymoody President Obama was busy Thursday hosting Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba, the current chair of the United Nations Security Council, but his daughters Sasha and Malia are anticipating a very different houseguest.

According to Relativity Media, the White House has submitted a request, presumably on behalf of its two youngest residents, for a screener of "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer," the PG-rated kid flick that stems from author Megan McDonald's popular children's book series. The film is scheduled to arrive Friday, the same day the movie opens in theaters.

Malia, 12, and Sasha, 10, are exactly the right age for the movie that chronicles the exploits of a precocious third-grader and her younger brother, nicknamed "Stink." Unfortunately, early reviews have not been kind. Critics have faulted the film, which McDonald co-wrote with Kathy Waugh, for its volume, garish colors and juvenile plot lines. Still, the movie does offer a faithful depiction of the book world McDonald has created--a series that has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide--and helped spawn a new generation of eager readers.

Assuming Sasha and Malia are fans of the adventurous heroine, all should be well in the White House screening room this weekend.


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Photo: Jordana Beatty as Judy Moody and Heather Graham as Aunt Opal in "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer." Credit: Relativity Media