Ramona and Beezus (2010)


Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels by Beverly Cleary. The film's title derives from Beezus and Ramona, the first of Cleary's Ramona books, though the plot is mostly based on the sequels, particularly Ramona Forever and Ramona's World.


The film opens with adventurous and creative third grader Ramona Quimby (Joey King) playing on the monkey bars during recess along with her best friend, Howie Kemp (Jason Spevack). Ramona echoes Howie's name as if she were above the Grand Canyon. When Ramona becomes frightened by the height of the monkey bars, she sticks her feet in two rings and lets go with her hands. Howie runs to find their teacher, Mrs. Meacham (Sandra Oh), while Ramona yells for help. Dorothy Quimby (Bridget Moynahan), Ramona's mother, asks Ramona to set the table and add another plate for Aunt Beatrice (Ginnifer Goodwin). Ramona's older sister, Beatrice, nicknamed Beezus (Selena Gomez), takes Ramona's task and does so herself. Report cards are in and Robert Quimby (John Corbett), Ramona's father, inspects Beezus' card, which is overall good. When he asks Ramona about hers, it seems that she hid it in the freezer and hesitantly decides to give it to her father. When Aunt Bea arrives, she finds Ramona sitting in a tree branch. Meanwhile, Howie tells Ramona that his uncle, Hobart (Josh Duhamel), is coming to live with him. it is revealed that Bea and Hobart had feelings for each other when they were younger. The next day at school, Ramona is trying to describe something that happened to her the following week. She says that construction workers came to her home and broke a big hole in the side of her house for a new room. Although this is true, Mrs. Meacham does not believe her, despite Ramona's claim that Howie did it, which Howie denies. The following day, Ramona's father loses his job and they are in debt of their home. Ramona overhears her parents' conversation and decides she's going to sell lemonade. Beezus sees Henry Huggins (Hutch Dano), the paper boy, and spits lemonade in his face due to a fly landing in her glass of lemonade and gets angry at Ramona. After that mistake, she decides to sell "delishus car wash $20", but that backfires also. After accidentally painting Hobart's 1996 Range Rover, she retires. The next day, Ramona's father accidentally give her a raw egg in her lunch, and after cracking the egg on her head, she got raw egg in her hair. Her teacher tried to take raw egg out of her hair,but most of it. Instead of the photographer saying "cheese", he says "peas", causing Ramona to interrupt with a great big "Ew!", ruining her portrait. The next day in music class, Ramona throws up on the drums, causing her to be picked up by her father. She then stays at home with Beezus. After trying to make dinner for her parents, the pan catches fire. Ramona interrupts Beezus on the phone with Henry, so Beezus yells at Ramona for always being a little pest and ruining her love life. Shocked, Ramona questions Beezus that she has a love life, but neither of them realize that Henry is still on the phone and has overheard their whole conversation. When Ramona goes to take her cat, Picky-Picky, out from the basement later that night, she sees him lying in his basket, dead. Ramona runs upstairs to tell Beezus to come to the basement. They then hold a private funeral in their backyard. In their prayers, they say that Picky-Picky will always be with them. The girls become closer and nicer to each other. After months of Hobart pursuing Bea, he decides to propose to her. She hesitantly accepts and they kiss passionately. Ramona is furious because her aunt promised not to get "reeled in", so Ramona runs away from home. After discovering a bowling ball in her suitcase, she is reunited with her family, and everything starts leading up to the wedding. Beezus and Henry share a kiss and then a dance. Ramona's father gets a better job now,being a art teacher at Ramona's school. Before Hobart and Aunt Bea leave for their honeymoon in Alaska, Ramona runs outside to Hobart's painted Range Rover to give a gift to her Aunt Beatrice: a locket with her school picture. And now the Quimby family is happy.