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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kids break rules, face consequences in animated adaptation.

Movie NR 2022 74 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

More negative takeaways than positive ones

I was disappointed that the lessons around the majority of the movie was spent demonstrating bad behavior vs. building a relationship between brothers. While “brotherly love” isn’t always civil, I think the movie dips into some now-antiquated troupes of what a sibling relationship can or should be like. Worst of all, my own son seemed to walk away with more ideas about how to navigate around us, deceive us, and manipulate us as parents. Overall, the positive messages about family relationships were undermined by the focus on the negative mindsets and tired presumptions about how kids behave as teenagers and siblings.
age 2+

It shows kids about thow the real world is.

lol

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

With basic sketches for characters, this series installment remains faithful to the popular original comic in style and substance, but it's missing some of its heart. Sure, Greg and Rodrick admit they'll always be there for each other at the end of the shenanigans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. And sweet Grandpa Heffley (voiced by Ed Asner, to whose memory the film is dedicated) proudly tells his son he's raising good boys. But Rodrick is extra naughty and disrespectful, and Greg takes a nod or two from him before they get caught. And in the end, they still skirt some parental rules in the name of brotherly solidarity.

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