Though I had not read any of the Wimpy Kid books I was still able to enjoy the movie. It is not the type of film that comes along very often anymore. Good clean fun that both kids and parents can enjoy. No off coloured language or sexual situations. Properly paced and something everyone can relate to.
Greg (Zachary Gordon – The Brothers Bloom, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) writes all his thoughts and feelings in a diary though he prefers to call it a journal. He is a little nervous because he is about to start middle school. His best friend is Rowley (Robert Capron – Bride Wars, The Sorcerer's Apprentice) and he is not exactly ready for the move to middle school. Plus Greg has to also deal with his older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick – Saw VI, The Stone Angel), who makes it his life duty to torment him.
The belief that he has always held that he is going to be successful in life begins to get a little shaky when middle school turns out to be a little trickier than he thought it would be. On Halloween night Greg and Rowley are chased by some bullies. They manage to get away, but it is not over.
Greg decides to try every trick in the book to be seen as cool. In order to fit in a little better Greg joins the wrestling team. Rowley and Greg become safety patrol officers. Rowley breaks his arm and becomes popular. The cartoon kid for the school paper gets mono, so Greg tries out to be the new cartoonist, but Rowley wins and becomes more popular. Everything Greg tries is backfiring and he gets jealous of his best friend.
The jealousy leads to Rowley getting in trouble for something Greg has done. Rowley tells Greg that he no longer wants to be friends. He even goes so far as to getting a new best friend named Collin (Alex Ferris – The Time Traveler's Wife, X-Men: The Last Stand). Greg is left with Fregley (Grayson Russell – Talledega Nights:The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), the biggest nerd of all nerds. Middle school is not really going as Greg planned….at all.
The cast all do a great job with special kudos going to the young actors. It would not be an easy job to transform cartoon stick figures into real humans, but these kids do it flawlessly.
Director Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) keeps the film going at a good pace and the comedic scenes are evenly paced. Kids between the ages of 7-11 will love all the silly things that happen on all of Greg's adventures and mishaps.
Charming, adorable and cute are words to describe this film and that adds up to a winner that is easy to enjoy.
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