Hapless preteen Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) endures bullies, swirlies, morons, and wedgies while navigating the treacherous world of middle school and recording his traumas in his personal journal in this family-oriented comedy inspired by author Jeff Kinney's best-selling series of illustrated novels. Try as he might, Greg just can't understand who thought it was a good idea to place kids who haven't even hit their first growth spurt in the same school as kids who get a five-o’clock shadow by lunch time. Realizing that he'll have to get creative if he hopes to survive until high school, Greg concocts a series of get-cool-quick schemes that all go hopelessly awry. Despite the fact that he's viewed as a dork by his peers, Greg never loses hope that someday, when all is said and done, he'll be able to look back on his middle school experiences and laugh. Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris co-star in this comedy from Hotel for Dogs director Thor Freudenthal.~Jason Buchanan
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Weakest of the trilogy but still good
Owned for 1 year when reviewed.
Surprisingly, this is the weakest entry of the Wimpy Kid trilogy, with some cringey moments with Chloe Grace Moretz. Still has a lot of laughs though.
This movie was actually a lot better than I expected, and had some hilarious moments. I can relate to some of the things that happened to Greg. I have not read the book, so I couldn't compare it. 12 year old Greg Heffley is nervous about starting middle school. Him and his dorky best friend, Rowley Jefferson try to fit in and become popular, but that's easier said than done. Throughout the school year, Greg and Rowley come up with weird ways to become popular like being a Safety Patrol officer, wrestling, and performing in epic school plays. In order to truly appreciate this film, you either need to be a parent, or think from the perspective of a kid. I highly recommend DIARY OF A WIMPY KID!!!
This file is fantastic! The actors in the original series of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid movie fantastic are the best! You really fall in love with these characters and their stories. I wish they made more of these movies in the franchise. The new cast was good. The original was great!
As I wrote in my previous review:
"The stories are a great way to capture children's attention, keep them focused, and leave them wanting more. In a digital age where kids prefer playing games on tablets rather than expanding their reading and study skills, this series helps because it will most probably make them want to read the source material that the video is based on. A great investment in their lives, it is!"
My kids love this movie they keep watching it again and again. Jokes are not crude but appropriate for grade school kids or younger. There are good lessons to learn. Friendship and sticking up for your friend is one of them.
I seen the previews for this movie a while back and my oldest daughter told me she wanted to see it. I told her that I thought it looked silly, but I ended up renting it at first and we watched it and I loved it! I thought is was the perfect growing up movie for my daughter who is getting close to that age. I then bought this movie and the 2 that followed it!