Reviewed by: Walter Ruggieri
|Featuring:||Zachary Gordon (Greg Heffley), Robert Capron (Rowley Jefferson), Robert Capron (Rowley), Rachael Harris (Susan Heffley), Steve Zahn (Frank Heffley), Steve Zahn (Frank), Connor Fielding (Manny Heffley), Owen Fielding (Manny Heffley), Devon Bostick (Rodrick Heffley), Devon Bostick (Rodrick), Aaron Sanders (voice), Chloe Moretz (Angie Steadman—as Chloë Grace Moretz), See all »|
|Producer:||Color Force, Nina Jacobson, Bradford Simpson, Ethan Smith|
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation|
“How to be cool”
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” is a movie based on the best selling books by Jeff Kinney. The movie is about Greg Heffley ( Zachary Gordon) a sixth grader who keeps a journal (not a diary) about his first year in Junior High School. He is not the most popular kid in school, but his desire is to become the most popular kid in school no matter what. After many failed attempts to overcome his nerd and geek status he learns that the best thing is to be yourself and to be loyal to your friends.
The movie is well filmed and well performed. The children actors carry the movie since the adult roles are minimal. There are several funny situations and the movie overall was entertaining. My wife and three children went with me to see the movie and all expressed that they had a good time. My youngest daughter (13 and a seventh grader) said it was cool.
The movie is not for young children. Though the main characters are in sixth grade, the content and situations are generally for teens. There are several crude situations and 10-12 references to bathroom bodily functions. An older teen male appears shirtless and there is a situation that involves a magazine of an adult nature with a woman in a skimpy bikini on the cover.
There is one scene that seems to imply drug use by an older teen. Being a teen focused movie, there are an abundance sophomoric situations, a couple very minor sexual references, hazing, picking, making fun of others, and many stereotypical adult roles.
There is also a situation in which an older teen attempts to scare Greg Heffley and his best friend Rowley Jefferson (Robert Carpon) by referencing devil worshipers (which are not depicted, condoned or condemned). The characters also participate in Halloween. There is no explicit sexuality, or graphic violence.
In the end, Greg Heffley learns that the means do not justify the end and it’s how you play the game that matters, not necessarily who wins. Though Greg lies and lets his best friend suffer the consequences of something Greg did wrong, he protects his friend in the end and wins his friendship back. The movie does exemplify the Biblical premise that you reap what you sow.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: Mild
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