"Enjoyable Family Comedy"
What You Need To Know:
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID is intended for a children’s audience, but adults will find it enjoyable as well. It is a well-made production, with a very fun story, terrific characters, and a positive redemptive message about true friendship requiring sacrifice. The movie has some very mild foul language, however. Also, there is much name calling among the kids, and Greg’s older brother plays tricks on him. Finally, there is a good bit of bathroom humor. Parents need to exercise discernment regarding their younger children’s maturity level in deciding whether to view DIARY OF A WIMPY KID.
(BB, C, L, MM) Strong moral worldview with a redemptive element of sacrifice as a preteen boy learns about friendship; one mild obscenity and two exclamatory profanities, with some name calling; no violence but slapstick action during middle school wrestling practice; no sex; no nudity but a magazine cover has female cleavage; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, ineffective parents, bullying teen brother, and some rude bathroom humor.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, based on the popular graphic novel of the same name, is the story of Greg learning to navigate the first year of middle school with his best friend Rowley.
Greg arrives at middle school intent to make it into the yearbook as “best something.” He tries the wrestling team, joins the safety patrol and even ends up as a tree in a musical version of THE WIZARD OF OZ. He tries to get his nerdy friend Rowley to change his dress, his friends and everything so they can fit and be accepted.
Greg accidentally causes Rowley to break his arm. That gives Rowley the positive attention Greg has desired. Greg tells Rowley that Rowley’s attempts at a comic strip for the school paper is bad, and, yet, Rowley’s strip gets picked. In a moment of weakness, Greg allows Rowley to be blamed for something he did.
When Greg’s betrayal is exposed, Rowley abandons Greg because he had treated him so badly. Greg tries to make up for it, but it’s too late. Will Greg have another chance to redeem himself in Rowley’s eyes?
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID is intended for a children’s audience, but adults will find it enjoyable as well. It is as well-made production, with a very fun story, terrific characters, and a positive, redemptive message about true friendship requiring sacrifice. Based on a graphic novel, the artwork has been humorously integrated into the filmmaking. Zachary Gordon as Greg and Robert Capron as Rowley give terrific performances.
The movie has a little bit of light foul language, but there is much name calling among the children. Also, the older brother is very mean and plays tricks on Greg. Finally, there is a good bit of bathroom humor, literally bathroom humor involving Greg accidentally urinating on his older brother.
Parents need to exercise discernment and their younger children’s maturity level in deciding whether to view DIARY OF A WIMPY KID.