Film: Ramona and Beezus

A Little Sister Goes A Long Way
The 2010 movie adaptation for the Ramona Quimby series of books. Instead of adapting a single book, the movie hits on most of the major story lines of the series and compresses everything into a single year (the series takes place over a span of six years).

The film provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Beezus in the books isn't ugly, per se, but somewhat gawky and acne-ridden like a typical adolescent. Not so here.
  • Award Bait Song: "Live Like There's No Tomorrow", by Selena Gomez & The Scene.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The movie hits on most the major plot events of the books by making them all happen in a relatively short time period.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    Beezus: Who could ever love someone named Beezus?
    Ramona: Jesus?
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: As in Ramona the Brave, Ramona is so angry she threatens to say a bad word. So she shouts "GUTS!", but rather than get in trouble, she gets laughed at.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Near the beginning of the film, Mrs. Quimby says "Henry Huggins? I haven't heard that name in awhile." The Ramona books were a Spinoff of the Henry Huggins series and he was prominently featured in the first few books. His role gradually decreased and by the end, the time when the film is set, he hadn't been mentioned for awhile.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: While the movie has a lot of humor in it, the trailers make it seem like a slapstick comedy.
  • Non-Indicative Title: Despite the title being an inversion of the first book's title, that book has the least amount of material used in the movie, and much of the film's plot actually comes from the fourth book Ramona and Her Father.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Henry Huggins becomes Beezus's Love Interest in the movie, even though he rarely appears or even mentioned in the Ramona Quimby series, implying that their friendship has somewhat drifted apart since the Henry Huggins series.
  • The Runaway: The attention seeking variety, Ramona tries to run away from home after getting into a fight with her family to "punish" them. She quickly comes back when her parents calmly lets her do so.
  • Tagline: "A little sister goes a long way."