Many, many people grew up reading Beverly Cleary's kid-lit books about Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby and their adventures on Klickitat Street. It should be no surprise that a film adaptation has been created; the only surprise is that it didn't happen earlier. Fans will note there was a Canadian TV show based on the characters in the 1980's, but until now Ramona and her pals have stayed off the big screen.
So it's a bit of a shame that Ramona and Beezus is so limp. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit that I somehow managed to never read any of the Huggins/Quimby oeuvre, but I've been assured by those who did that all of the essential plot points are solidly drawn from the source material. And the young actress cast as Ramona, Joey King, is smart and expressive and delightful, and likely to become the next go-to kid in Hollywood. While it's a tad strange to see Bridget Moynihan cast as the mother is a film like this (and with John Corbett as the dad!) but that has little to do with the tone of the film. No, it's just that Ramona and Beezus feels a little ... off.