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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Steve Zahn
Rachael Harris
Zachary Gordon
Robert Capron
Chloe Moretz.
Directors
Thor Freudenthal.
Screenwriters
Jackie Filgo
Jeff Filgo
Jeff Judah
Gabe Sachs.
Running Time
92 minutes

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The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
Or: Greg Heffley Vs. The World


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Plot
Following the ups and downs of sly middle-schooler Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), all recorded in his Wimpy Kid's diary.


Review
The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
Spinning off from a simple premise that began as a cartoon novel — Greg (Zachary Gordon; think The Wonder Years’ Fred Savage) starts middle school dead set on being the popular guy — this kids flick mounts a series of set-pieces around toxic cheese, wrestling, mother-and-son dances, nightmare school plays, with the only through-line being Greg’s friendship with chipper fat nerd Rowley (Robert Capron).

It’s episodic in the extreme, emotionally superficial and outstays its 92 minutes, but it has the appeal of a Junior American Splendor, boasts moments of sharp wit and is well-played by a likable cast, including Kick Ass’ Chloe Moretz as a too-cool-for-school outsider.


Verdict
Fun, funny and affectionate, though it packs the emotional wallop of an undernourished high school nerd.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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Perfect Movie

FUN, FUNNY JUST GOOD ! ... More

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Posted by soulfood at 20:47, 01 October 2011 | Report This Post


YES!

I have 2 teenagers and they really enjoyed this movie. The whole family laught a lot and we can highly recommend it to everyone who needs a laugh. ... More

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Posted by Stefansjoglimt at 09:40, 13 May 2011 | Report This Post


hated it

the main character is a dick, his best friend is the ginger-fatkid stereotype the storyline is boring the only thing about funny about this film is the weird little ginger kid thats about it. AVOID ... More

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Posted by lbellas at 15:53, 01 September 2010 | Report This Post


hated it

the main character is a dick, his best friend is the ginger-fatkid stereotype the storyline is boring the only thing about funny about this film is the weird little ginger kid thats about it. AVOID ... More

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Posted by lbellas at 15:53, 01 September 2010 | Report This Post


Who needs to be likable?

It's been a while since I've seen a kids movie with such a huge contrast in the two main characters. The titlar character, Greg, is occasionally humorous, but overall an arrogant and conceited ass who you don't sympathise with at all, no matter what happens to him. Not as much can be said about his best friend rowley. He's juvenile and naive, bt all the while innocent and doesn't care for much other than being friends with greg. However, when good things start happening to Rowley, and he beco... More

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Posted by dahughesy at 13:42, 27 August 2010 | Report This Post


Hillarious!

Watched this movie on a plane the other week. It is hillarious. I pissed myself from beginning to end. The whole plane was in stitches! A great movie for kids and adults! ... More

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Posted by fraser1978 at 17:22, 06 August 2010 | Report This Post



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