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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

More Wimpy Kid fun mixed with worthy messages, potty humor.

Movie PG 2012 94 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 7+


The best movie in the original Diary of a Wimpy Kid trilogy. Why don’t people like it that much?

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age 10+

Watch til the end. Funny with some good father/son moments.

I’m a mom of a 9, 7 and 2 year old. My 9 year old has read all the books but we’ve never seen this movie (it came out before he was born). I was hesitant with one of the opening scenes being in a men’s locker room but nothing sexual happened. If you stick with it - you’ll see it’s about a pre-teen and his relationship with his dad and how they end up seeing eye to eye and work things out. So there are some positive messages and role models (just not at first). However, a big part of the movie focuses on pre-teen crushes/relationships and how the goal of the main character is to spend time with a girl during the summer. It’s not inappropriate but just an underlying theme. Overall my family and I thought it was great and super cute with lots of laugh-out-loud moments!

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Director David Bowers is back again to helm another adaptation of Jeff Kinney's ubiquitous book series. Dog Days continues to highlight the same silly antics that get Greg in trouble every time he tries to outsmart his family and friends, and Rowley remains the most unconditionally faithful sidekick ever. Gordon is adorably dorky as the head Wimpy Kid, and, as in the first two films, Capron's lovable Rowley steals several scenes with his hilarious gestures and facial expressions. Plus, for once, here's a kid who absolutely loves to be with his parents -- no matter how overprotective and sentimental they are toward him.

With slightly less emphasis on the sillier secondary characters like Fregley, Chirag, and Patty, Dog Days instead follows Greg's first real attempt at middle-school romance. Despite how pretty she is, Holly is nothing like her mean-girl older sister Heather; she's sweet and accepting and just the kind of girl who seems out of Greg's league, but is actually interested right back. If only there were more movies where the dorky girl gets the handsome and cool guy! As always, there's a predictable amount of bathroom humor, but as long as you don't mind the bodily fluid jokes, this tween comedy is certain to entertain the 12-and-under set ... and their parents.

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