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Majestic Preview: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules

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You know I couldn’t pass it up.

In disclosure, I have not seen the first Wimpy Kid movie, although I did read the book.  I thought the book was entertaining, but didn’t see much point in reading the two (at the time) sequels.

The premise is understated and deceptively rich:  a seventh-grade Greg Heffley keeps a diary about the travails of growing up, weird parents, and the difficulty of being the middle child.  In the second installment, Greg’s parents have decided that Greg and his brother Rodrick must get along better.  Complicating issues is Greg’s motley crew of friends and the arrival of a new girl at school who catches Greg’s eye.

There is a lot to like in this Wimpy Kid film as it finds a sweet-spot between being to patronizing to children and boring adults.  The kids are all genuinely portrayed, despite the tendency of Greg’s narration to exaggerate.  Steve Zahn, playing Greg’s father, does some great face work as the silent backup to his wife’s tirades.  Best of all, when the boys break loose during the party sequence when their parents are away, it’s still sufficiently tame that parents needn’t worry about the film setting a bad example.

See Also

While animation seems to have over-run the family-movie genre, occasional mostly-live-action films like Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief make for decent, if not outstanding entertainment.

Written by Bill

April 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

Posted in Movies

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