Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Thor Freudenthal (2010)

88min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on the bestselling "novel in cartoons" by Jeff Kinney, this weak comedy focuses on misfit pre-teen Greg (Zachary Gordon) as he negotiates his first year at middle school - a world of cliques, bullying and embarrassment. Hatching various plots to boost his popularity with the older kids, Greg finds his efforts are constantly hampered by his cruel big brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) and his nerdy best friend Rowley (Robert Capron). Director Thor Freudenthal punctuates the live action with animations based on Kinney's own work, but whereas Greg's adventures in book form are full of subtlety and wry observation, the movie is swamped by the sledgehammer clichés (gym class humiliation, Halloween high jinks) found in any run-of-the-mill children's TV comedy. None of the young actors has much in the way of screen presence, and it's left to Steve Zahn as Greg's hapless dad to grab the few real laughs on offer.

Summary

A boy starts a new school determined to be popular and admired, only to find himself instead a target for bullies. He documents his experiences in a journal as he sets out on a series of attempts to gain the respect he feels he deserves - but his every effort ends in disaster. Family comedy, with Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Cast & Crew

Greg Heffley Zachary Gordon
Rowley Jefferson Robert Capron
Susan Heffley Rachael Harris
Frank Heffley Steve Zahn
Rodrick Heffley Devon Bostick
Angie Steadman Chloë Grace Moretz
Chirag Gupta Karan Brar
Fregley Grayson Russell
Patty Farrell Laine MacNeil
Manny Heffley Connor Fielding
Manny Heffley Owen Fielding
Director Thor Freudenthal
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Aug 2010
Comedy Children's Drama