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What to know: An entertaining film, more for kids than adults, that demonstrates how friendship is worth working hard for.
Recommended age 8-15
94 minutes
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Looking to squeeze in some summer fun before heading back to school? Well then head to your local movie theater and see "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days." This film is the third film in this popular series and is based on the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, which are written by Jeff Kinney. These books are about the ups and downs of growing up and trying to deal with school, family and relationships. The stories are so well written and relatable, that you can't help but love the books and the movies. This film stars Zachary Gordon, who does a great job once again as the main character Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron, as his lovable friend Rowley Jefferson. This films starts out with Greg and Rowley finishing the school year and planning out their summer vacation. There's only one problem, as usual for Greg, nothing goes as planned. Follow along as Greg and Rowley try to make it through the dog days of summer. My favorite character is Greg because he is funny and means well even when he makes mistakes and deep down, he just wants everyone to like him. It is hard choosing one scene as my favorite, because most of the scenes at the country club are absolutely hysterical, but I was able to choose one. That's when Greg's older brother Roderick, played brilliantly by Devon Bostick, tries to fake drowning to the pretty life guard will save him. The problem is, she doesn't even notice him, so an older, hairy man dives into the pool, pulls him out and performs mouth to mouth on him. Roderick's facial expression is priceless and this scene is just so funny, I could not stop laughing. Not only is this movie well written and very funny, but it has a really strong cast that help bring to life the Heffley family and make this an enjoyable film that the entire family can relate too and enjoy. The movie also has a great message in it about growing up and learning from your mistakes. Overall, I love this fabulous film and urge you to take your family and go see this film today. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars, as I think this is a film your entire family will love as much as I do. Go see this film, opening in theaters on August 3rd, trust me, you will love it! And remember, a man who makes no mistakes, is a man who hasn't learned anything. Reviewed by Julianna Noone, age 12, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Greg Haffley is looking forward to spending the summer vacation playing video games but his parents, particularly his father, have different ideas. It is funny to see the ways Greg tries to fool his dad into believing he is active and has a job. There are a lot of negative behaviors such as lying. However, the positive behaviors, like the friendship between Greg and best friend Rawley and the father / son relationship between Greg and his dad as they realize the importance of sincere and truthful communication, redeem the story in the end. An entertaining film, more for kids than adults, it demonstrates that friendship is worth working hard for and has good talking points about friendship, truthfulness, sibling and peer pressures.
School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick. Directed by David Bowers. Rated PG for some rude humor.
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