Rated: PG

Distributed By:

20th Century Fox

Directed by:

Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs)

Starring:

Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley; Robert Capron as Rowley Jefferson

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Greg Heffley is a journal-keeping wise-guy who's just trying to survive middle school. But unlike all those other middle schoolers, Greg has a plan. With a little creative manipulation, he'll be at the top of the social ladder in no time. The plan is his only hope since his home is no safe refuge. Between a mean older brother (Rodrick) and a little brother who gets all of his parents' attention, Greg feels lost. Plan after plan backfires until the unthinkable happens: Greg contracts a horrible case of . . . cooties.

Greg’s best friend, Rawley, is a devoted friend willing to always believe the best in people. Greg’s dad encourages him, praising him for his initiative and hard work. Mom tells him that it's "our choices that shape us."

Unfortunately, the film goes overboard with slapstick violence, including arm-twisting, face-mashing and kicking. Potty humor is found in almost every scene. Greg lies to his mother and mistreats and speaks badly of his friend Rawley. He also gives in to negative peer pressure.

Based on the popular books, the "hero" of Diary of a Wimpy Kid falls well short of being a good role model. Greg is clueless about how his bad choices can impact family and friends, and the whole film has a negative feel. Greg learns that awkward situations that take place in middle school will only last for a short time, but that positive message is lost amongst an ocean of potty humor.

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