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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Steve Zahn , Chloe Moretz , Thor Freudenthal  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Zahn, Chloe Moretz
  • Directors: Thor Freudenthal
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG97F6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Greg's Deleted Diary Pages
  • More gross, silly Fregley fun
  • The benefits of the Cheese Touch
  • Chirag’s trail of tears
  • Rowley's Lost Zoo-Wee Mama Cartoons

  • Feature Commentary with Director Thor Freudenthal and Writer Gabe Sachs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peek

  • Editorial Reviews

    Amazon.com

    The first volume in Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Web and book series hits the screen in this live-action adaptation. The impish Zachary Gordon, who recalls Wonder Years-era Fred Savage, plays Greg Heffley, who enters middle school determined to become class favorite. It won't be easy. His best friend, Rowley (the sweetly funny Robert Capron), is a big, redheaded lug who embarrasses him at every turn. Greg's obnoxious teenage brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), advises him to keep his head down, but Greg believes he needs to excel at something to achieve his goal. Smart, but small for his age, he tries wrestling and safety patrolling, but nothing seems to fit. During gym class, he and Rowley meet wise-beyond-her-years newspaper reporter Angie (Chloë Moretz, (500) Days of Summer), who finds popularity overrated. Greg isn't convinced, but the harder he tries, the more boorish he becomes, until even Rowley abandons him. After a humiliating encounter with some high school bullies, though, Greg learns what really matters: self-respect (he also discovers that the dreaded "cheese touch" is just a myth). Berlin-born director Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) avoids any dull or sentimental patches, which should please kids and adults alike (an upbeat modern-rock soundtrack doesn't hurt). Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn could use more face time as the terminally un-cool Heffley parents, but Harris's rhythm-impaired moves at the mother-son dance provide one of the best laughs. Kinney fans will also appreciate the way Freudenthal weaves stick-figure drawings from Greg's journal throughout this zippy entertainment. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

    Product Description

    The hysterically funny, best-selling book comes to life in this smash-hit family comedy! Greg Heffley is headed for big things, but first he has to survive the scariest, most humiliating experience of any kid’s life – middle school! That won’t be easy, considering he’s surrounded by hairy-freckled morons, wedgie-loving bullies and a moldy slice of cheese with nuclear cooties!

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    48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Family Fun!!! April 7, 2010
    Format:DVD
    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!!!
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    Rating this movie is a difficult thing because I have to keep in mind the target audience and not rate it in terms of my own standards for judging films.

    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.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected January 10, 2011
    Format:Blu-ray
    My daughter loves this book series, so my wife decided to get this DVD, and we watched it as a family. I wouldn't normally review a kid's movie, but I want to let dads know that this movie is actually watchable, and certainly better than I expected. The plot hangs together, the kids are good actors, and there are some genuinely funny moments which I can relate to from my own childhood. The only reason I'm deducting a star is that, as others have noted, the portrayal of the parents as somewhat clueless is both unnecessary and counterproductive.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    Format:DVD
    "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" was directed by Thor Freudenthal ("Hotel for Dogs") based on the book by Jeff Kinney. Zachary Gordon plays Greg Heffley, a kid entering middle school for the first time with the company of his best friend, Rowley Jefferson played by Robert Capron. Greg becomes obsessed with the idea that he needs to do something notable to get into the "Class Favorites" section of the yearbook in order to make his mark and hit the big time, if it weren't for the dorkiness of his best friend holding him back.

    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.
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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!! August 5, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    This movie brought me back to middle school times. I'm an adult now. But this movie was highly entertaining. I can still relate to a lot of it, even though I am an adult and I don't have the same situations any more. But this movie makes it easy to remember. Middle school is a simpler time in your life. And this movie paints that picture very well. I don't mean they dumbed it down. This movie was smart with a very good message: "Never turn on your friends". What I mean is it shows how kids worry about simpler things in middle school. And they are frequently hilarious, just like the entirety of this movie. Zachary Gordon did an A+ job as Greg. I can't wait to see them all back in the sequel, and the one after that and the one after that! I give this a 10/10!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars boring
    Boring and predictable after first 20 minutes. Everyone's childhood insecurities are played over and over like a broken record .
    Published 4 days ago by Mark Gershaft
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
    the whole FAMILY loves this movie:) hilarious. We can watch over and over. Bought on our amazon account and can watch it anytime. i would recommend age 8 and up
    Published 17 days ago by Jennifer Thompson
    3.0 out of 5 stars When I ordered this, I I was thinking that ...
    When I ordered this, I I was thinking that I would get as it states (Blu-Ray/DVD + Digital copy!) Apparently I am confused...Because all I got was a Digital copy...AND NO CASE! Read more
    Published 19 days ago by Alysia
    3.0 out of 5 stars My 8 yr old boy LOVES this series!
    My 8 yr old loves this series, but has quickly learned that the book and the movie are two totally different entities. He did not enjoy the movie as much as the book. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Melissa Burns
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good example of what middle school and young adolescence is like.
    Good film showing all the bs a kid goes through in middle school. My 10 year old grand daughter really loved it.
    Published 1 month ago by Doug Christensen
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for entire family
    Both my kiddos like this! 8 1/2 y girl & 6 y boy. My husband and I found it great as fam movie night. Sometimes it's tough. This one pleased our four!
    Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Woram
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Those
    I got this for my 8 year old granddaughter. She spent about 8 out of the next 48 hours watching this movie. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Rick Burd
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good
    I'm not sure why I had low expectations for the film, but I was pleased to have been wrong. We watched with our two kids, ages 6 and 8, and it was enjoyed by all. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by P McNamara
    2.0 out of 5 stars I never got to see the movie.
    I went though the process...clicked to pay for my movie, and then waited...10, then 15 minutes. The movie never came on. Is it something I did? Read more
    Published 1 month ago by lamar
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected and Enjoyable
    The whole series of the Diary of a Wimpy are great, but this one is the kids and my favorite.
    Published 1 month ago by Joanne
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