Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

David Bowers (Astro Boy)

Starring:

Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley; Devon Bostick as Rodrick Heffley, Rachael Harris as Susan Heffley; Steve Zahn as Frank Heffley; Robert Capron as Rowley Jefferson

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Greg Heffley, the "wimp" from the first movie in the series, is back, along with his best friend, the lovable lug Rowley Jefferson. This time Greg’s biggest hurdle isn’t merely to survive middle school, but to deal with his big brother Rodrick, who's determined to undermine Greg's attempts to woo a pretty new girl at school named Holly Hills.

Greg and Rodrick’s mom, Susan, desperately wants her sons to be friends…so much so that she decides to pay them a buck for each hour they spend together without fighting. And when things seem to be going swimmingly between the feuding bros—never mind that they're really not—Mom and Dad decide to head out of town for the weekend, leaving Greg and Rodrick to take care of each other. That's a BIG mistake.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules strives be a fun family film with a heart of gold, but it definitely falls short. Greg and Rodrick’s parents seem unaware of how their sons are lying and manipulating them. Rodrick torments his brother Greg and calls him many mean names throughout the film. The only consistently moral character is Rowley, who doesn't like doing things he knows are wrong.

Rodrick eventually divulges his "secret of the good life" to Greg. The rules are: 1. Don’t do anything you don’t want to do; 2. Lower Mom and Dad’s expectations of you; and 3. Never do something someone else can do for you. Unfortunately, Greg seems to take his brother’s advice. In addition to this, there is a lot of slapstick violence, potty humor and name-calling.

Greg and Rodrick's parents seem to mean well, but they're too easily manipulated by their kids. Not only are there no penalties for Greg and Rodrick, but the film attempts to portray “normal” middle school behavior. Of course, everything works out just fine in the end…or does it?

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