DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS Add To My Top 10
Confession Is Good for the Soul
Release Date: August 03, 2012
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 94 minutes
Distributor: Fox 2000 Pictures/20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: David Bowers
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp. (Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox 2000/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
In this second sequel, young Greg Heffley has just completed seventh grade and wants to spend the summer playing video games. Of course, his father and mother, Frank and Susan, want him to do some outdoor activities.
The first day, Greg fools his father into thinking he was playing outside all day, but his lie is soon found out. Then, Greg discovers that the girl he likes, Holly, spends most of her days at the country club where Greg’s friend Rowley has invited him. Greg begins to enjoy his days with Holly and Rowley, but then his father says he’s gotten Greg an unpaid internship at his office.
Greg invents another lie, that he’s actually got a paying job at the country club. When that lie is finally found out, Greg has to figure out a way to get back in his father’s good graces. Eventually, he and his father discover something that bonds them together in a way they never thought possible.
DOG DAYS is very funny. Also, all the actors do a good job making their characters seem real without losing the goofy humor. Of course, the heart of the movie is Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn as Greg and his father. They do a great job, as does Robert Capron as Greg’s best friend, the wimpy but likeable Rowley.
The story in DOG DAYS, however, is somewhat episodic. It’s more like a series of events around a couple major themes rather than one cohesive story.
Although Greg’s lying is rebuked, there’s no real punishment meted out. Also, the first scene is set at the municipal pool, where there are some jokes about young children relieving themselves in the pool and one about a diaper floating in the pool. There are no gross shots in any of these jokes, however. The humor is implied rather than really shown.
The good news is, at the end of the story, Greg finally bonds with his father. Also, Greg’s father teaches him to confess when he does wrong and apologize. Thus, the story shows that confession is good for the soul as well as one’s personal relationships.
A couple subplots should be mentioned. In one, Greg’s older teenage brother, Roderick, blackmails Greg into letting him sneak into Rowley’s country club. In another, Holly’s sister, Heather, is shown bossing Holly and everyone else around. Heather gets her comeuppance, but Rodrick does not.
Thus, all the bad behavior by the children isn’t punished or completely rebuked. Because of this and the light scatological humor, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS comes with a caution for younger children.
DOG DAYS is very funny. The actors do a good job of making their characters seem real without losing any of the goofy humor. However, the story is somewhat episodic. It’s more like a series of events around a couple major themes rather than one cohesive plot. DOG DAYS teaches confession is good for the soul and honesty is the best policy. Some scatological humor and the bad behavior require caution for younger children.