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Movie Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Author James Dunsford
Submitted 26-03-2010

Rating: PG

Genre: Kids

Release Date: March 19, 2010

Running Time: 90 minutes

Child-friendly?Diary of a Wimpy Kid is based on the hugely popular book series of the same name. It basically follows middle school student Greg Heffley on his quest to overcome being wimpy and obtain the recognition and status he feels he deserves. Fans of Jeff Kinney’s book series may enjoy seeing the characters come to life on screen. Parents should know that the movie does contain a lot of typical middle school jokes and mischief that will probably keep their kids engaged and laughing throughout. It is recommended for kids aged 9 and older.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid follows sixth grader Greg Heffley on his quest to climb the middle school popularity ladder. With his chubby best friend, Rowley, by his side, he devises an endless series of can’t-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry.

Along the way, Greg keeps a diary, which he likes to refer to as a journal in order to be less "sissified." However, as hard as he tries to gain popularity and be well-liked by his peers, he puts his one true friendship in jeopardy.

The cast is made up of relatively unknown actors including Zachary Gordon as Greg, Robert Capron as Rowley and Chloe Grace Moretz as 7th grader Angie who gives Greg advice along the way. Greg’s parents are played by veteran comedic actors Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris. The movie was directed by Hotel for Dogs director Thor Freudenthal.

Although the movie doesn’t contain any full-blown swear words, there are many insults used like "moron," "idiot," "tool," "wimp" and "stupid." In addition, there are typical middle school jokes about boogers, snot and farting. Greg and Rowley are also bullied along the way and Greg is beat up by a girl in front of the whole school.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid will most likely appeal to the middle school crowd who can relate to the trials and tribulations of being a tween. Fathers may use the movie as an opportunity to speak with their kids about the importance of being yourself and maintaining important friendships.