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The first volume in Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Web and book series hits the screen in this live-action adaptation. The impish Zachary Gordon, who recallsWonder Years-era Fred Savage, plays Greg Heffley, who enters middle school determined to become class favorite. It won't be easy. His best friend, Rowley (the sweetly funny Robert Capron), is a big, redheaded lug who embarrasses him at every turn. Greg's obnoxious teenage brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), advises him to keep his head down, but Greg believes he needs to excel at something to achieve his goal. Smart, but small for his age, he tries wrestling and safety patrolling, but nothing seems to fit. During gym class, he and Rowley meet wise-beyond-her-years newspaper reporter Angie (Chloë Moretz,(500) Days of Summer), who finds popularity overrated. Greg isn't convinced, but the harder he tries, the more boorish he becomes, until even Rowley abandons him. After a humiliating encounter with some high school bullies, though, Greg learns what really matters: self-respect (he also discovers that the dreaded "cheese touch" is just a myth). Berlin-born director Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) avoids any dull or sentimental patches, which should please kids and adults alike (an upbeat modern-rock soundtrack doesn't hurt). Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn could use more face time as the terminally un-cool Heffley parents, but Harris's rhythm-impaired moves at the mother-son dance provide one of the best laughs. Kinney fans will also appreciate the way Freudenthal weaves stick-figure drawings from Greg's journal throughout this zippy entertainment.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
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CastSteve Zahn
DirectorThor Freudenthal
Genre:  Family
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  August 3, 2010
Runtime:  94 minutes
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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review by . March 16, 2011
I wanted to watch this movie because I read the first two books and thought they were pretty good. The movie was also okay, but the critics consensus was right. The movie failed to place a likeable protagonist at the centre of its middle-school based humour, thus drowning out the essential message. In fact, none of the characters are particularly likeable in this film except Angie and Rodrick, and that's just because Rodrick and Angie both remind me something of myself. Greg, the main character …
review by . September 05, 2010
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I'm a substitute teacher, and if you asked me last year what was the most popular book students were reading, I'd say without hesitation 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'.*  The cover sports simple designs of mostly miserable kids undergoing not 'The Wonder Years,' as many have attributed this movie experience, but those middle school children going through the horrible transitional anomolies of growing up between childhood and adolescence.      I was …
review by . April 21, 2010
   For pure entertainment and a basic feel good message about popularity and real friendship, Diary of a Wimpy Kid delivers.       Most kids are going to eat up the bathroom and booger humor (sorry about the pun). Most will love the problems Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) gets himself into. There were some pretty hysterical and absurd moments that made me laugh out loud. Lots and lots of physical humor and lots and lots of bad ideas. Greg eventually learns some important …
review by . April 20, 2010
For pure entertainment and a basic feel good message about popularity and real friendship, Diary of a Wimpy Kid delivers.    Most kids are going to eat up the bathroom and booger humor (sorry about the pun). Most will love the problems Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) gets himself into. There were some pretty hysterical and absurd moments that made me laugh out loud. Lots and lots of physical humor and lots and lots of bad ideas. Greg eventually learns some important lessons like …
review by . April 10, 2010
I took my 9-year-old to see this movie last month. He's a huge Wimpy Kid fan (name a 9-year-old who isn't, eh?) and was excited to go see it. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read the books with him so I knew the story was cute, but changing it into a movie seemed a bit... odd.     The story itself is about a kid, Greg, who starts middle school and his mom gives him a diary (journal) to write about his experiences in. To say that Greg isn't the most popular kid in school is …
review by . March 19, 2010
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As I watched "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," I kept thinking back to my own middle school days and eventually realized that none of them were being depicted accurately. This goes beyond a mere sequence of events; the attitudes, emotions, and behaviors expressed by these kids -- and the adults, for that matter -- are not based in reality, at least not the reality I've been a part of. Maybe I was lucky. Or maybe the filmmakers didn't have a clue. Whatever the case, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" exists on a channel …
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