Ramona and Beezus – Wikipedia

2010 American film

Ramona and Beezus is a 2010 American family adventure comedy film based on the Ramona series of novels written by Beverly Cleary.[3][4] It was directed by Elizabeth Allen, co-produced by Dune Entertainment, Di Novi Pictures, and Walden Media, written by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay, and produced by Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan with music by Mark Mothersbaugh. The film stars Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Duhamel, and Sandra Oh. Though the film’s title is derived from Beezus and Ramona, the first of Cleary’s Ramona books, the plot is mostly based on the sequels Ramona Forever and Ramona’s World. Fox 2000 Pictures released the film on July 23, 2010. Ramona and Beezus earned generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $27 million.[2]

The adventurous and creative third-grader Ramona Quimby often finds herself in trouble at school and at home, usually with her best friend, Howie. When her father Robert loses his job and the family falls into severe debt, Ramona’s efforts to earn money end up backfiring in humorous ways. She repeatedly embarrasses her older sister, Beatrice, calling her by her family nickname, “Beezus”, in front of Beatrice’s crush, the paperboy Henry.

Although an executive in a company since Beezus’s birth, Robert quarrels with Dorothy (his wife and the girls’ mother) when he considers pursuing a creative career.

Meanwhile, Ramona’s visiting aunt Bea is one of the few who accepts her despite all her eccentricities. After a car-painting accident involving Bea’s old flame Hobart, Ramona gives up her money-making schemes. The next day, she ruins her school portrait by cracking a raw egg in her hair and making a face when the photographer asks her to say “Peas” instead of “Cheese”. Ramona’s worries increase the following day, when her classmate Susan reveals that after her own father lost his job, her parents divorced and her father moved to Tacoma. The news makes Ramona physically sick, and Robert has to pick her up early from school, interfering with a sudden job interview. Instead of being angry, Robert decides to spend the rest of his day drawing a mural with Ramona.

While Ramona and Beezus attempt to make dinner for their parents, the pan catches fire while Beezus is on the phone with Henry. During the ensuing argument, Henry overhears that Beezus loves him. Still upset, Ramona goes to feed her cat Picky-Picky but is devastated to find him dead. The girls’ private funeral for their friend helps them reconcile. A job offer for Robert in Oregon leads Ramona’s parents to decide to sell their house. As the family touches up the garden during an open house, Ramona inadvertently initiates a water fight with the neighbors, which floods the neighbors’ backyard and exposes a box that Hobart buried there years ago. The box contains mementos of Bea and Hobart’s teenage romance, and in light of their rekindling relationship, he proposes to her. Hesitantly, Bea accepts, and the family begins planning the impromptu wedding.

Furious her aunt broke her promise not to get “reeled in”, Ramona rushes home, seeking solace in the attic. The fragile floorboards break, leaving her legs dangling from the ceiling during the open house. After they clear out, Robert scolds her for her lack of maturity; Ramona and her mother then berate him for showing little compassion, and he leaves. Feeling unwanted, Ramona decides to run away. Unable to convince her not to leave, her mother helps her pack. Opening the heavy suitcase at a bus stop, Ramona discovers that her mother intentionally made it heavy to keep Ramona from getting far. Inside, Dorothy packed a book of Robert’s sketches of Ramona. Her family finds her soon afterward and everyone is happily reunited.

At Bea and Hobart’s wedding, Ramona saves the day when she finds the wedding ring Howie dropped. During the reception, Beezus and Henry share a kiss and dance together, risking it as they were moving. Robert gets another job offer, this one at Ramona’s school, as Mrs. Meachum recommended him as the new art teacher after she saw the mural that he and Ramona made. Ramona is delighted they will not have to move and that her parents reconcile. Before Bea and Hobart leave for their honeymoon in Alaska, Ramona gives Bea a locket with her school picture, and Bea says Ramona is “extraordinary”.


In 2009, it was announced that Elizabeth Allen would direct a film adaptation of the Ramona series of novels written by Beverly Cleary.[5][6] The film, Ramona and Beezus, would be released in cinemas on July 23, 2010. Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan spent $15 million to produce the film with writers Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay.[1] Filming took place in Vancouver.[7][8]Fox 2000 Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film. Mark Mothersbaugh composed the music for the film. Dune Entertainment, Walden Media, and Di Novi Pictures co-produced the film.


Ramona and Beezus was released in theaters on July 23, 2010 by 20th Century Fox and Walden Media to 2,719 theaters nationwide. The film was rated G by MPAA, becoming the studio’s fourth film to be rated G since 1997’s Anastasia. The trailer was released on March 18, 2010, and was shown in theaters along with How to Train Your Dragon, The Last Song, Despicable Me, Toy Story 3, and 20th Century Fox’s other films, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Marmaduke. The film premiered in New York City on July 20, 2010. It was released in Irish and British cinemas October 22, 2010.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Ramona and Beezus earned generally positive reviews. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 70% of 91 reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The website’s consensus reads, “If Ramona and Beezus fails to capture the essence of its classic source material, it’s sunny, sweet, and wholesome.”[10] On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 56 out of 100, based on 29 reviews.[11] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a grade “A-“.[12]

Eric Snider of Film.com said that “The resulting story is a jumble, and there are too many side characters, but golly if it isn’t pretty darned infectious.”[13] Jason Anderson of the Toronto Star gave Ramona and Beezus a good review, saying that “[Ramona and Beezus] is a lively affair, largely thanks to the sweet and snappy screenplay by Laurie Craig and Nick Pustay and to the appealing performances by the cast.”[14]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #4, grossing under $3 million on its opening day.[15] It brought in $7.8 million during its opening weekend, earning it #6 at the box office. Over its first week, it earned nearly $12.7 million.[16] As of November 20, 2010, its total gross stands at $26.6 million,[2] surpassing its $15 million budget. The film made £84,475 on its first weekend in the UK, debuting at number 14 in the box office chart.[17]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray combo pack on November 9, 2010. The movie streams on various platforms, including Disney+.


Ramona and Beezus
Released July 28, 2010 (2010-07-28)
Label Hollywood
  1. “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow”
    Released: July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)

The accompanying soundtrack album was released on July 28, 2010 by Hollywood Records.[18] The film’s soundtrack includes “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow”, performed by Selena Gomez & the Scene. The song was digitally released as a soundtrack single on July 13, 2010[19] and serving as a promotional single from the band’s second album, A Year Without Rain (2010).

  1. “Walking on Sunshine” – Aly & AJ
  2. “Eternal Flame” – The Bangles
  3. “Peanut Butter Jingle” – Ali Dee and the Deekompressors
  4. “(Let’s Get Movin’) Into Action” – Skye Sweetnam featuring Tim Armstrong
  5. “Here It Goes Again” – OK Go
  6. “A Place In This World” – Taylor Swift
  7. “How I Love You” – Rob Laufer
  8. “Everybody” – Ingrid Michaelson
  9. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  10. “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow” – Selena Gomez & the Scene

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Siegel, Tatiana (17 July 2010). “Female power pushes ‘Ramona’. Variety. He refused to greenlight the movie for a dollar more than $15 million
  2. ^ a b c Ramona and Beezus (2010)”. Box Office Mojo. IMDb. February 18, 2011. Retrieved November 1, 2010.
  3. ^ Vena, Jocelyn.“Selena Gomez To Star In ‘Ramona and Beezus’ Movie.” MTV.com, 2009-02-06.
  4. ^ Kilday, Gregg. “Young actresses cast for ‘Beezus and Ramona.'” Reuters, 2009-02-05.
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (6 February 2009). “Gomez stars in ‘Beezus and Ramona’. Variety.
  6. ^ Beresford, Trilby (11 May 2019). ‘Ramona and Beezus’ Director Talks Hidden Difficulties for Mothers, Myth of “Cutthroat” Women in Entertainment”. The Hollywood Reporter. which just so happened to be one of my favorite childhood books [Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary] so naturally, that was a perfect fit.
  7. ^ Mesh, Aaron (July 20, 2010). “Beezus Wept”. Willamette Week. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Anderson, Jason (July 23, 2010). “Ramona and Beezus: A family film with a dose of reality”. Toronto Star. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  9. ^ “Ramona and Beezus”. The List. 22 October 2010. General release, from Fri 22 Oct.
  10. ^ “Ramona and Beezus”. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  11. ^ “Ramona and Beezus”. Metacritic. Retrieved 2 April 2022.
  12. ^ Stewart, Andrew (25 July 2010). ‘Inception’ tops ‘Salt’ to win weekend”. Variety. Based on the classic children’s books by Beverly Cleary, the pic scored an overall A- CinemaScore rating.
  13. ^ “Review: Ramona and Beezus Pleases”. Film.com. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  14. ^ Anderson, Jason (July 23, 2010). “Ramona and Beezus: A family film with a dose of reality”. The Star. Toronto.
  15. ^ “Daily Box Office for Friday, July 23, 2010 – Box Office Mojo”. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  16. ^ “Ramona and Beezus (2010) – Weekly Box Office Results – Box Office Mojo”. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  17. ^ “UK Film Council Box Office – 22nd Oct – 24th Oct”. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on Nov 15, 2021. Retrieved Nov 15, 2021.
  18. ^ “Ramona and Beezus (2010) : Soundtracks”. IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-05-07.
  19. ^ “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow (From “Ramona and Beezus”) – Single”. iTunes. Retrieved 13 February 2016.

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