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Dear Dumb Diary (2013)

Based on the best selling series "Dear Dumb Diary" by Jim Benton. Follow Jamie Kelly, as she navigates Mackeral Middle School with the help of her best friend Isabella, her nemesis Angeline and the boy of her dreams, Hudson.


Kristin Hanggi


Jim Benton (based on the book series by), Kristin Hanggi (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Alyn Lind ... Jamie Kelly
Mary-Charles Jones ... Isabella
David Mazouz ... Hudson Rivers
Sterling Griffith ... Angeline
James Waterston ... Assistant Principal Devon
Lea DeLaria ... Ms. Bruntford
Maddie Corman ... Jamie's Mom
Laura Bell Bundy ... Aunt Carol
Jeffrey Hanson ... Jamie's Dad (as Jeff Hanson)
Tom Markus ... Mr. Vandoy
Duane Stephens Duane Stephens ... Coach Dover
Jacque Gray ... Miss Anderson
Marlys Miller-Fladeland Marlys Miller-Fladeland ... Old Office Lady 1
Marie Sharon Marie Sharon ... Old Office Lady 2
Carson Oliver Carson Oliver ... Mike Pinsetti


Based on the best selling series "Dear Dumb Diary" by Jim Benton. Follow Jamie Kelly, as she navigates Mackeral Middle School with the help of her best friend Isabella, her nemesis Angeline and the boy of her dreams, Hudson.

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Comedy | Family | Musical

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Rated PG for some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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The only times Jamie changes her hairstyle is in the musical number "More Than a Number to Me", during the scene where she is getting money for the Jumpathon and helping Isabella get money for the Juvenile Optometry Federation, and at the Jumpathon, but other than that, her hair is always down. See more »


References Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »


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Written by Seth Freeman
Performed by Emily Alyn Lind
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Obnoxious, Ridiculous, and Somewhat Below Average on the Intelligence Scale, but Fun.
1 December 2016 | by betchaareoffendedeasilySee all my reviews

This made-for-TV-movie children's movie was jarring, to say the least. The biggest positive going for this film is the lead Emily Alyn Lind, whom anchors the movie and while she is at times obnoxious, is always entertaining, and

amazing at physical comedy for such a young age, she is always fun to watch. This would have been a 100% disaster without Lind, but because of her, it only half failed.

The tone of the movie overall is absolutely all over the place and is completely screwball and silly. I appreciated that there were two parents, and ones was stay at home mom, these days that is "taboo", which is bizarre to me. I appreciated the silly over-the-top way her parents interacted with Jamie. I totally don't mind that her mom was cooking a lot or even that she's bad at it, I know tons of stay at home moms who cook and clean and raise kids, and they are pretty darn amazing women, there is nothing at all wrong with that. Though it is decidedly less depreciating to adults and human intelligence than the last two seasons of Hannah Montana and i-Carly, and most of the teen sitcoms to come after that play on Disney and Nick. The silliness of the parents suited the tone of the movie, which is decidedly non-serious, and very surreal and screwball. I can see why some would be turned off by it, in fact, it took me half the movie to not hate it myself.

The musical numbers were superfluous, and are generally obnoxious, and disruptive to the continuity of the movie, basically, they are filler to pad the run time of the film. They are not out of the norm I suppose for the absolute absurdity of this film, but I found it silly just how weird the main character is, she is pretty "out there", I was pretty out there myself, but she constantly thinks adults are bizarre and weird, and yet, her and her friend Isabella are just plain creepy sometimes, they are not "normal" by any stretch, and even weird than their adult counterparts that they criticize so vehemently. Jamie dances around in the middle of class, and does all kinds of weird things because she actually thinks she's somewhere else when she daydreams... It was definitely over-the-top in that regard, and was a bit like Lizzie Maguire on steroids without the heart and sympathy. This hatred towards adults and blatant hypocrisy, is probably the biggest detriment to the movie.

I cannot help but dislike the main character for her ingratitude as well, if had that big of a room to myself when I was that age, that big of a bed, and that big of a walk in closet, I would have been ecstatic, plus the giant house, and a fridge full of food... I literally lived in a room smaller than her closet except when I was really young and shared a room with 4 of my siblings, and wondered what I would eat on a day-to-day basis, . I know most kids are not like Jamie is, and that is why I get frustrated by movies such as this, why can they get just a smidgen closer to what the size of a typical American household looks like? For most, it was a lot closer to my childhood than Jamie's.

On the upside, it is refreshing to see a story that still has clear cut morals by the end, however, a day and age where people seem to think morals are irrelevant and yet they still want people people to respect them and have morals. As goofy as this movie is, at least the characters learned from their mistakes in the end. I appreciated that this movie did teach a lesson, even if I didn't necessarily like some of the other aspects of this film, it was very entertaining once you get use to the silly goofball tone, if you can get used to it. It was also refreshing to see that the popular girl wasn't a total jerk like they usually are in these types of movies, and actually had a heart.

God Bless ~Amy

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6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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