Diary of a Wimpy Kid

        Diary of a Wimpy Kid is directed by Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) and stars Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron as “Greg and Rowley”. Greg is less than amused that he and Rowley are entering middle school which according to Greg is filled with Morons. The movie quickly drops us hints that the next hour and a half are going to be life lessons in friendship and growing up. Greg’s goal seems to be about becoming popular and to do that he must appear in the yearbook. His friend Rowley is just proud to be himself and goes along for the ride.

         The whole movie seems to revolve around a piece of excessively moldy cheese that has been left in the middle of the school yard. Why you ask, well because moldy cheese is apparently the middle school version of cooties. If you are seen touching, you are immediately uncool to all that is middle school. It doesn’t take long to figure out that the climax of this movie will revolve around this piece of cheese somehow.

         Greg and Rowley quickly and somehow unknowingly become the school outcasts, forced to eat lunch on the floor with a kid named Fregley. Unfortunately, other than a few cheap laughs, Fregley is an unnecessary character in the movie who is all but forgotten by movies end. The story takes a familiar turn when Rowley becomes more popular than Greg through a series of unique events ultimately creating a distance between the two friends. Rowley makes a new friend who we know nothing about and seems to like a girl named Chloe. Unfortunately Chloe seems to be another unnecessary character as any relationship she has with Rowley never develops into anything.

        Overall, there are a few laughs to be had here, but it seems like there was a point to be had at the beginning followed by an hour of filler and an end. A lot of unnecessary scenes here. It seems to kiddish for the adults and to adult for the kids. It never really grabs an audience. Steve Zaun plays Greg’s father Frank, but other than a timely joke, his role was meaningless. A great movie to watch during dinner while having a conversation with the family.

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  1. I have to say, I was forced to watch Diary of a Wimpy Kid with my two 11 year old nephews. I was prepared for the worst. However, there were a few parts that I found myself laughing. When the character Fregley talks about his growing hair and when Rowley starts to dance with his mother at the school dance. I have to disagree with you about the film is too adult for the kids. My 11 year old nephews (who entered middle school this fall) enjoyed the movie and wanted it to be longer than 1 hour and 25 minutes. Although I agree about it being a bit kiddish for the adults. Plus, most adults have not read the books that the movie is based on.
    With Greg trying to be so many different people to become popular…and Rowley being himself who ended up getting more attention. I think the movie sends out an important message to kids–Just be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you are not. My nephews continue to watch this movie repeatedly…I however, will settle for one time!

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