Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Rodrick Rules

In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made 'wimpy' cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney.(Kinney's 'Wimpy Kid' series has thus fat sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor- Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. 2.8 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Rodrick Rules

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Certificate U
Genre Family / Children
Director David Bowers
Cast Rachael Harris, Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Peyton List, Robert Capron Steve Zahn
Studio Fox UK
Release Date June 2011
Running Time 97 mins
 

In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made 'wimpy' cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney.(Kinney's 'Wimpy Kid' series has thus fat sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor- Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

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Reviews

The Los Angeles Times

Robert Abele

Director David Bowers keeps things peppy and brightly lighted, but the movie's swiftest pleasures come from moment-seizing cast members: Gordon's cocksure mug melting in the face of indignity, Bostick evoking devilish ennui, Robert Capron's dorky hanger-on Rowley beaming with hopeless naivete, or Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn — as the parents — giving comic spin to their put-upon boy wranglers.

25/03/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

This is essentially a blander, less sophisticated version of Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole diaries, or a slightly more cinematic version of TV’s Malcolm In The Middle.

27/05/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Kids in their early teens will enjoy this comedy … It's an episodic film, rather less interesting than its British director David Bowers's earlier work as an animator in Britain and America.

29/05/2011

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

…a sweet little film that not only understands and exploits in amusing fashion the frequently cruel dynamics of sibling relationships, but it also knows how to impart lessons about the value of family without getting all sappy about it.

28/05/2011

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Empire Magazine

James White

Doesn't reinvent the wheel but replicates the charm of the first film to good effect.

01/05/2011

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The Guardian

Phelim O'Neill

So many movies aimed at this age group aim low with crude, slapstick humour, but this one, despite such tried and tested routines as chocolate-stained trousers, manages to be restrained enough to be actually entertaining.

26/05/2011

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Total Film

Total Film

Greg Heffley is hardly giving Samuel Johnson a run for his money as a diarist, but Diary offers fans of the books what they want, while offering very little to anyone else.

18/05/2011

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Variety

Peter Debrige

Quickie adaptation of Jeff Kinney's second novel -- which centers on big brother Rodrick's ongoing torture of the seventh-grade weakling -- blends "Brady Bunch"-style morality with other standard-issue sitcom tropes, then redeems itself via memorable supporting characters.

23/03/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

There are momentary shafts of something like wit within this slightly bland mix … Otherwise poo seems to be the favourite subject to get laughs.

27/05/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

…for a family entertainment this isn't at all bad. For starters, it has Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris as the firm-but-fair parents, even if the former isn't given quite enough to do. More importantly, it has the moon-faced, ginger-haired Robert Capron as Gordon's best friend, a kid so sweetly innocent that he will gaze at the new hot girl in school and say, "She's almost as pretty as my mom." I would almost watch this again just to hear that line.

27/05/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

…this seems more like a kids’ Saturday morning sit-com than a movie. Aside from the two leads, most of the children overact like maniacs … Why not give the Wimpy Kid a gun? A gay crush? Or superpowers? Or just something to relieve the boredom of parents who must take their gently chuckling primary-schoolers to this bland piece of Americana.

27/05/2011

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