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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy)
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Greg has the curse of being a middle child so he is largely ignored by his parents in favor of his younger brother still potty training and his older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick) takes great delight in torturing Greg giving him rules he must follow or suffer the consequences. Incidentally, a sequel is already in the works called "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules." Instead of keeping his head down and getting through these difficulty years, Greg fights the laws of nature in his household becoming a burden to his family and often getting in trouble.
With the situations and the way they are presented, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" feels more like an extended TV show of something like "Malcolm in the Middle" instead of a feature film. It has an amusing way of blending in the stick figure illustrations from the book into the story to represent Greg's visualization of the up and down changes in social status he and his friends experience. Greg tries several tactics to get famous in his school that fail fantastically like joining the wrestling team, auditioning for the school play, and joining safety patrol.Read more ›
In essence, as you might have suspected, the book is better than the movie (even though I don't necessarily like everything about the books, either). In fact, movies almost always suffer in comparison to the books on which they're based. So judged as a kids' movie, I give "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" 3 stars. It wasn't great, but it did have moments that made my 10 and 11 year old sons laugh. There was some genuine humor that even an adult could enjoy with his children. My sons also enjoyed looking at the ways the movie was different than the book.
As a parent who's careful about what my kids watch, I was pleasantly surprised that there were relatively few objectionable things. Yes, I knew that a certain amount of grossness would accompany the movie (and which I knew would make my boys laugh), but it was actually less than I expected. There is one scene with a woman in a bikini on a motorcycle magazine that was unnecessary in a movie that had few other things like this and that will mainly be watched by pre-adolescents.
I also wasn't too keen on the portrayal of the parents (especially fathers) who Hollywood often portray as clueless and careless. While there are bullies like Roderick in real life, in a comedy such bullying seems unnecessary.
The movie "redeemed" the main character, Greg, at the end by having him do something nice to "atone" for all that he'd done wrong throughout the movie. However, all of the times he mistreated his best friend, Rowley, were actually sort of painful and not particularly humorous.Read more ›
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Funny movie. But my son wanted to follow the book a little bit closer.Published 9 days ago by Lindsey Macy
My son loved this movie and would watch it over and over if he could!Published 29 days ago by Katie and J
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