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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

4.3 out of 5 stars 515 customer reviews

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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!

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

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

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Steve Zahn, Chloe Moretz
    • Directors: Thor Freudenthal
    • Format: Multiple Formats, 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.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      Parents Strongly Cautioned
    • Studio: 20th Century Fox
    • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
    • Run Time: 92 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002ZG97F6
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,618 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" on IMDb

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    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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    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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    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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    Bought this for my seven-year-old grandson recently. He had heard other kids at school talking about "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". I wanted to encourage him to have his Mom read the book aloud to him as well as viewing the DVD. He absolutely loves this series. It helps him to understand the common experiences he has at school and play with other kids like Wimpy". We discuss the situations later and gain insight into why certain behaviors work or don't work and about the qualities of having a good friendship and relationship with siblings and parents. The author is so insightful in how he decides on a story line and develops the characters. I purchased the next book and DVD as well called "Rodrick Rules", as Rodrick is the older brother who gives his younger brother a hard time. Again, this story was a huge hit with my grandson and he loves to view it over and over. It creates a great deal of laughter and is a terrific video for the entire family to watch. So glad to have discovered this series! Purchased online from Amazon. Always a rapid
    response/delivery time. Product arrives in perfect condition. I trust Amazon.
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    There’s a series of books called “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and presumably (I haven’t read any of them) this first film is based on them. Altogether the books are a series of 8, plus a “workbook” so, you could also say, a series of 9…
    The main character in this film is Greg Heffley, just entering 7th grade with high hopes of rising rapidly to be one of the most popular students. Alas, his dreams seem threatened by his un-cool friend Rowley, and every avenue he tries to gain attention and popularity seems to be thwarted. At first Rowley always seems to be the problem, or perhaps the even more nerdy Fregley, or…or well, ultimately he has to face the fact—HE is the problem. He’s so intent on gaining popularity via superficiality that he has become his own worst enemy—and one lousy friend.

    In short this is a charming little film focused on a middle-school crowd (and with action and dialog that parents should not find objectionable). Even better—it does not look for laughs by making the parents seem like idiots. In fact the parents, teachers and other school staff come across as both reasonable and concerned, but unfortunately as with all of us, not able to live kids’ lives for them. So ultimately it’s up to Heffley himself to realize that he’s his own worst enemy. To put it in the more adult terms I once heard a comedian use in his act: you know that horrible blind date you ended up with one time? I realized—I AM that horrible blind date! Other lessons along the way naturally include not putting others down based on appearances, and that the best way to be liked is to genuinely like other people of all types. It imparts all these lessons with plenty of comedy along with the requisite seriousness, so it looks enjoyable to a wide audience. In fact it's unclear to me why its rating is even PG; it seemed more G to me, but regardless it's a film that older kids in particular and their parents may enjoy watching together. I recommend it.
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