He’s the kid who made “wimpy” cool, in a family comedy based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 24 million copies. ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking middle school student Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life: middle school.
Wise-cracking Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is about to begin Middle School at Westmore and he plans on being popular. His friend Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) is immature for his age and still says things like, “Come on over and play later.” Greg attempts to help Rowley dress better and become more hip, but as time goes by it is Rowley who is becoming popular and when the boys end their friendship, it is Greg who realizes he is the one who maybe needs to change.
I had hoped this film would be more affirming and uplifting but there is a lot of gross humor in it, and parents need to check the content listing below to decide for themselves if they want to take the kids to see it. However, a reconciliation in the movie is nicely done. We award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie for ages twelve and above. This movie is about one wimpy kid who comes through in the end.