I was excited to see that Ramona and Beezus got a G rating! I love that! Of course, I still check movies out on websites like http://www.PluggedIn.com just to check and see if there are other subtle things that slipped through even with a G rating. But, my kids enjoyed this movie and it is always fun to read a book and then see the movie and compare.
I think there are some fun ways to draw learning moments out of this movie. First, just comparing the similiarities and differences between the book and movie is interesting to do with a movie like this. Even the name of the movie is slightly different than the original Beverly Cleary book. In addition, Beverly Clearly has an interesting story and it could be fascinating to learn about her and her biography. This is a great website about the beloved author and also includes a video interview with Beverly Cleary: http://www.beverlycleary.com/
Family dynamics, birth order, and sibling relationships are all interesting components of this movie and can inspire some discussion about how a family relates to each other. Charting the birth order of your kids and maybe even creating a family crest or motto is a fun way to celebrate your family identity and uniqueness. Walden Media even offers some discussion guides and ministry resouces related to this movie: http://www.walden.com/guide/ramona_and_beezus/
One thing I appreciate about this movie is the father/daughter relationship. A wonderful moment in the film is when Ramona's dad tries to cheer her up as they draw the 'longest picture in the world' together for a class project. Getting a big roll of paper and rolling it across the floor in a fun, dramatic fashion, and drawing a gigantic picture together as a family would be a moment to remember. I love that they gave it such a fantastic title too: 'longest picture in the world' sounds so much more exciting than 'let's draw a picture'.
Lastly, I was inspired by this post from The Pioneer Woman's blog as she commented about Ramona's 'school picture' in the movie...and talked about how a homeschool mom is ultimately responsible for those 'class photos'. I love how she started with some serious 'school pictures' in her blog and they progressively get more lively and active and real.
Pioneer Woman's Blog - School Pictures: