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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Based on a series of American children’s books by Jeff Kinney, this classroom comedy uses a to-camera commentary and Kinney’s cartoon sketches to tell the tale of a self-centred kid who is so intent on being middle school’s most popular pupil that he’s forgotten how to be himself. If Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) were less analytical and more easy-going like his chubby chum Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron), perhaps he wouldn’t get on everyone’s wick, including ours. That’s the problem: Gordon’s character is so unpleasant that you’re itching for someone to punch him. Had he – and everyone else – been a bit more likeable, we might have overlooked the fact that the film is an empty vessel: a dull, scattershot series of observational sketches that aren’t funny or enlightening. Granted, many ten year olds will identify with Greg’s situation. The question is whether they’ll stay awake to see the film through to its limp end.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday August 27 2010
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Zachary Gordon
Robert Capron
Steve Zahn

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Rob

Son (8) and me hooted with laughter all through this. It's no classic, but hits the spot for entertaining boys. Chill out please, Derek

chris

all you people are wrong it's a bad-ass film and it is very funny and does not have a limp ending the person who wrote that must be on drugs yeah that person nobody likes you

chris

all you people are wrong it's a bad-ass film and it is very funny and does not have a limp ending the person who wrote that must be on drugs yeah that person nobody likes you