This movie makes the point that kids can make some bad decisions but then learn from their mistakes. Young Emily Alyn Lind turns in a terrific performance as Jamie Kelly, the self-proclaimed “artist/writer” who pens a diary about life in middle school. Jamie has a crush on a boy named Hudson Rivers, and has to deal with the prettiest girl in school, Angeline. Also, her best friend Isabella connives and uses a charity fund raiser to help meet one of her own needs. Yet Jamie soon finds that there are more to people than sometimes meets the eye and she helps Isabella realize the error of her ways. In addition, Jamie raises funds to help make sure her favorite class, Art, is kept in the school budget.
“Dear Dumb Diary” is awarded our Dove Seal for all ages. Jamie is funny and bright and kids everywhere, especially girls, will enjoy her adventures in middle school.