Face it, we all can relate to this story in some form. You are either a parent, have an older sibling, were the older sibling or had that best friend who had the older sibling. In fact you might be all of the above. Bottom line is there is certainly going to be something in this film that hits home. And there will be plenty for all ages to laugh at. Except maybe your older teens who are just a little too cool to let on they like it.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Stars: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn, Rachel Harris, Peyton List and Robert Capron
Director: David Bowers
Scriptwriters: Gabe Zachs and Jeff Judah adapted from the novel by Jeff Kinney
Rating: PG for crude humor
Running Length: 96 minutes
Looking for some family fun at the theater this weekend? Then grab a ticket for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. This follow up to the first Wimpy Kid film is also based on the best selling book by Jeff Kinney. Face it, we all can relate to this story in some form. You are either a parent, have an older sibling, were the older sibling or had that best friend who had the older sibling. In fact you might be all of the above. Bottom line is there is certainly going to be something in this film that hits home. And there will be plenty for all ages to laugh at. Except maybe your older teens who are just a little too cool to let on they like it.
In this edition Greg (Zachary Gordon) and his older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) are being pressured by their mom to put aside sibling differences and find a loving bond. All the while Greg is trying to survive the 7th grade and catch the eye of the cute new girl. Rodrick is focusing on the upcoming talent show, his music career and new ways to torment Greg. That is the premise of the film but most of the content is funny scenarios that Greg and his best friend Rowley (Robert Capron) get into. So the message isn’t heavy handed and for the most part it is just humorous antics that we all have been a part of at some time. Like staying up late and watching the scary movie that our parents told us not to watch.
It is these scenarios that Kinney writes so well and that the screenwriters adapted perfectly that make these films work. Well, that and expert casting. Set apart each moment could stand alone as a funny incident. You put them together and you get a decent comedy that ten year olds adore and parents can enjoy while there. Jeff understands the dynamic of middle school and siblings and has the uncanny ability to draw out those life moments. The casting is vital because you have to love the characters. Gordon and Capron have such a wonderful onscreen chemistry. They never seem to be acting. They are comfortable and trust each other completely. It has to work with your best friend when you are ten and it has to work for two actors in a movie.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is rated PG for some mild rude humor and mischief. If poop jokes offend you then you might need to approach life a little less uptight. The mischief is harmful pranks that certainly backfire and are there to teach a good lesson. If you are concerned about the possible content I suggest picking up one of the books and flipping through the pages. You will have to look long and hard to find anything to shield your child from. This film is best enjoyed with a middle schooler tagging along. This is certainly not a college date night film or even one for older married couples to attend alone. Sure there are funny moments but you need the core demographic with you to really appreciate it. That is why it is the perfect family outing and one that should be taken advantage of. I give it 4 out of 5 comic strips. Kinney’s books have been enjoyed by millions of families and to see the characters come alive on the big screen is joyful as well.
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