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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days stars Greg Heffley, a middle schooler
who is just trying to have a fun summer, however his Summer plans are
different than most others, playing video games all day. Things get
complicated when his dad disagrees, a dog comes into the family, and
all sorts of trouble breaks loose.
When I first saw Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, I was very impressed, the film was great and it seemed like nothing could beat the sequel, it was much better than the first film. But when I saw Dog Days in the theaters I was amazed, it might have even been better. Loads of times the audience in the theater was cracking up due to some hilarious jokes. The actors did a great job, it's obvious Zachary and Robert have grown skill when it comes to acting, as they are able to deliver their lines well. The dad was probably my favorite character, his hilarious reactions and timing is just hilarious.
The entire movie flowed well, no moments felt dry, and that can be a big problem with some movies today. There will be spaces that just feel empty and leave you to wait 5 minutes for something to happen. But the 2 Wimpy Kid sequels don't have that problem, they always leave something going on. Now, from what I understand some people have called this movie to be too "Childish". I really don't find that true, sure, the books are aimed a little more for kids, as well as the movies. But adults can find the movie just as enjoyable. Many adults in the theaters were laughing along with the kids.
Overall, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is a great, fun, enjoyable film for the family. I can't wait to see what the studio is going to do next!
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Looking to squeeze in some summer fun before heading back to school?
Then head to your local movie theater and see "Diary of a Wimpy Kid:
Dog Days." Our KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Julianna No one (age 12)
reviews it below:
This film is the third film in this popular series and is based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, which are written by Jeff Kinney. These books are about the ups and downs of growing up and trying to deal with school, family and relationships. The stories are so well written and relatable, that you can't help but love the books and the movies. This film stars Zachary Gordon, who does a great job once again as the main character Greg Heffley, and Robert Capron, as his lovable friend Rowley Jefferson. This films starts out with Greg and Rowley finishing the school year and planning out their summer vacation. There's only one problem, as usual for Greg, nothing goes as planned. Follow along as Greg and Rowley try to make it through the dog days of summer.
My favorite character is Greg because he is funny and means well even when he makes mistakes and deep down, he just wants everyone to like him. It is hard choosing one scene as my favorite, because most of the scenes at the country club are absolutely hysterical, but I was able to choose one. That's when Greg's older brother Roderick, played brilliantly by Devon Bostick, tries to fake drowning to the pretty life guard will save him. The problem is, she doesn't even notice him, so an older, hairy man dives into the pool, pulls him out and performs mouth to mouth on him. Roderick's facial expression is priceless and this scene is just so funny, I could not stop laughing.
Not only is this movie well written and very funny, but it has a really strong cast that help bring to life the Heffley family and make this an enjoyable film that the entire family can relate too and enjoy. The movie also has a great message in it about growing up and learning from your mistakes.
Overall, I love this fabulous film and urge you to take your family and go see this film today. I rate this film 5 out of 5 stars, as I think this is a film your entire family will love as much as I do. Go see this film, opening in theaters on August 3rd, trust me, you will love it! And remember, a man who makes no mistakes, is a man who hasn't learned anything.
Reviewed by Julianna No one for KIDS FIRST!
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We saw the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Days movie" and my husband and I
absolutely loved it. The Wimpy Kid movies are John Hughes style movies
but focus on Jr. High School instead of High School. Believe me, Jr.
High School was much more difficult to survive than high school.
Jeff Kinney takes his story about a kid (Greg Heffley) trying to grow up and survive middle school, family dynamics, and relationships. This film, like the others, takes these experiences and makes them relatable and hilarious for anyone of any age.
Although it is apparent that the cast is growing up, (since this is the 3rd movie in the very popular series), I found that it really didn't matter because we relate to the issues and problems Greg is experiencing and not his physical presence. No one said anything about the Harry Potter kids getting older and the same holds for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I didn't find myself focused on the kids ages because you get lost in the laughs, and enjoyment of the film as the gags get bigger and funnier in this 3rd installment to the popular movie series. The kids are exactly at the place their supposed to be in real life - 14 years old. For us it added to the "realness" of the story and characters portrayed.
I hope they make more of these films and continue on into High School, as these stories and films are truly honest and bonified entertainment for the whole family. They don't talk or play down to kids, they don't moralize, they don't try to get you to "see the light" as other family films do. If you allow yourself to lay back in the theater seat and let go of yourself for 94 minutes, you will be transported back to a time we can all relate to in our lives.
Zachary Gordon is back, in excellent form, as the main character, Greg Heffley. This is a very complex character from Kinney's books and Zach Gordon deserves a lot of credit for continuing to carry these movies to new heights (no pun intended-see the ride on the Revolation which gets up to 3-4 "G's"). It has actually been a lot of fun for our family, following him as he matures in character and life. He is blossoming into a really fine actor with a big future ahead of him. One of the best things about this new movie is the relationship between his character and his father played wonderfully by Steve Zahn. We get to follow a very "real" father/son relationship in this film with all their ups and downs and emotional discourse. This is a dose of "reality" for anyone and is definitely a must see for any dad who has sons or daughters and participated in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Indian Guides, Indian Princess, or other father son/daughter activity. Brought back a lot of good memories for us.
In this combination of the 3rd and 4th book - DWK: The Last Straw, and DWK: Dog Days, the film makes for an enjoyable roller-coaster ride in a comical "Summer" setting. The continued trials and tribulations of the main character - Greg Heffley, are made even more hilarious and complicated when Greg 1)fakes a job at a country club to appease his father, 2) goes on vacation with his best friends family, the Jeffersons, 3)tries to further a relationship with a girl- Holly Hills, 4)has to put up with constant aggravation from his older brother Rodrick, and 5) experiences communication and relationship issues with his dad. With all these intertwined story lines, this movie will have you in "stitches". The scenes at the country club with his brother Roderick are just plain hilarious and embarrassing fun! Not much ever seems to go well for Greg, even when his best intentions are at stake, which of course, makes for fun movie entertainment. If you like honest, wholesome, non-animated, non-CG (3D) movies, then this ones a hit! For you critical people out there - this movie is not intended to be "Gone with the Wind", just good old fashioned film entertainment for the whole family, that will sweep you away from the problems of today for a moment in time. Sisters will relate, brothers will relate, and mom's and dad's will get "teary eyed" over the in's and out's of Greg's turbulent and very "real" relationship portrayed with his dad.
If you want to laugh out loud, if you want just great movie entertainment with a connected and wonderful cast, especially the lead character, Zach Gordon, then go see this, must see, movie! You won't be disappointed!
While The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were a major hit, the movies never
really seemed to hit all that big, but surprisingly have been doing
just well enough under the radar to keep the series alive. The latest
entry Dog Days brings back all the favorites, combining the third and
fourth books in the series, but will it continue to deliver the fun of
these characters or will their age slowly start becoming a factor
finally close the book on the film series? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog
Days follows Greg as he hatches a plan to win the girl of his dreams
during the summer, but as usual nothing is as simple as it seems for
Greg Heffley. There aren't too many films like this that can entertain
the adults just as much as the kids, but the Wimpy Kid series does just
that. The stories are pretty simple and light on content, but carry
just enough fun to keep everyone entertained. This latest entry works
really well having numerous laugh out loud moments. While still not
quite as entertaining as the first film in the series it does manage to
step things up to entertain more than the last film Roderick Rules. All
the original cast return and yes the kids are getting bigger, but
thanks to the age they starting making these films, everyone is still
believable in the grade they are mean to be in. There are a few
characters here and there that just aren't all that well acted, but you
somehow can let it go thanks to the fun you get with your leads. Sadly
there just aren't enough of fan favorites Fregley and Chirag.
If you're looking for that fun film to take the family too without having to suffer through another cartoon or weird princess film, then this is a must see. While it helps to see the other films just to know the characters, you can pretty much watch this as a standalone film. Turn off your brain and have some family fun. No word if another film will becoming for this franchise, but there are still two other books to work from, so we can only hope.
We went to go see the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie-Dog Days and were
pleasantly surprised as to how funny and entertaining it was. This is a
really good movie for anyone who likes to laugh. You can't help but
love this film because it will touch you on so many levels.
A very relatable story about growing up and family dynamics...this film hit home in so many areas for my husband and I. The actor who played the main character (Greg) in the movie- Zach Gordon -was just wonderful, and so believable. He has a bright future in Hollywood. It was hard not to root for him. Steve Zahn(who played Greg's dad) was great also and so was Devon Bostik as Greg's older and tormenting brother. There hasn't been a good, solid, fun movie like this one in a long time.
This movie isn't just for kids. No matter how old you are you can't help but enjoy this movie. I really recommend that if you like good, fun film entertainment, without all the $200,000,000.00 dollar special effects,hands down,this is, definitely, the "go to movie"!
If you're a fan of the first 2 movies, you'll probably like this one,
but somehow, the word "hilarity" doesn't much apply this time around.
Maybe it's because Greg has gotten a little older, or maybe the scope
of the movie is bigger, or maybe it's because Greg's family aren't seen
much this time. Or maybe it's because nothing in Greg's life this time
around seems to be truly at stake. Whatever the reason, the movie is
slightly less funny. But the movie does have some interesting ideas, so
I guess it's still worth the ticket price. Just don't keep your hopes
up high, at least not in the laughs department.
*** out of ****
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is back with a third installment and this one was
cute just like the others. I thought it was pretty funny. Greg is out
of school for the summer. Of course he's after Holly Hollis and gets to
go the country club with best buddy, Rowley, and learns that Holly is
working there this summer. So, he wants to go every day and lies about
a job. To keep the secret, he has to let Rodrick in. So lots of funny
parts with them sneaking in, ordering way to much, thinking it's free.
Other funny parts, Holly's sister's birthday party with Loaded Diaper,
the I love you because with Rowley's family, the pot roast and the dog.
FINAL VERDICT: Worth checking out.
This is one franchise that continues to tickle my funny bone, without
trying too hard. The third in the film series, I hope that it continues
to tap onto the series of books by Jeff Kinney - seven in total as of
now - before the principal cast members get fully grown up and aren't
kids any more. For those who have yet to experience this simple, yet
effective kids comedy, perhaps it is time to jump right in, and
experience just what the appeal is.
The story leaves school for a bit, and is set during summer vacation, where every kid has plans of their own which may, and most likely, differ from their parents' expectations on how best to spend time. For Greg (Zachary Gordon) the main protagonist, it means a summer that's filled with endless computer gaming, which dad Frank (Steve Zahn) completely disapproves of, preferring that he hit the big outdoors in wilderness camp, or to take up a job somewhere to build some sense of responsibility. Then there is his crush Holly (Peyton List), who spends her time coaching junior tennis at a country club, with the only way in is as a guest of his best friend Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron), although Rowley's family, especially his dad (Alf Humphreys), isn't really too fond of the friend of their son. And to add to that, Greg's brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) threatens to expose Greg's cover for visiting the country club unless he gets invited himself to enjoy the facilities and to gawk at Holly's sister Heather (Melissa Roxburgh), and a new canine addition to the family.
Dog Days is pretty loaded, but these little episodes all shine in their own right, and made the entire film work. Directed by David Bowyers, who was also at the helm of the previous film, Dog Days the film taps from scenes in both The Last Straw and Dog Days books and is set primarily during vacation, which means a little bit of a pity when we don't get to see the other zany supporting characters that much, especially Greg's other schoolmates who are off to do their own thing, sporadically appearing only if they happen to be attending the same event from wilderness camp, to a book reading club started by Greg's mom. The focus gets centered mostly on family, be it Greg's or Rowley's, and takes a closer look at the father-son relationship in Greg and Frank, with the spectre of boarding school looming on the horizon should Frank decide to let someone else play the responsible role of bringing up useful folks to society.
While some may opine that Dog Days doesn't offer too much as compared to the previous Wimpy Kid films, I thought that formed part of its strength in having the cast being already so comfortable and familiar in their role, there's really no need to have them doing something too spectacular for the sake of. I mean, it's like friends hanging out, where one can have a good time all due to the presence of the other, and that's sufficient. But there's danger at being just sufficient, because familiarity may breed complacency, although the source material should be rich enough, or perhaps like this one having two books fuel a single film, for another film outing. At least it's not artificially expanded with the filmmaker's own imagination to stuff another film for additional box office revenue.
With nary a swear word nor embarrassing scenes which you have to explain to your kids thereafter, Diary of the Wimpy Kid continues to be a family and kid friendly outing that grows on you. It's funny without the reliance of the more adult comedy route of having to continuously swear or rely on nudity or slapstick to draw out laughter. Bring a kid to the screening, and I'm pretty sure they'll be entertained and tickled pink.
There were some funny scenes in the movie. There were however I really didn't like,such as the one when Greg was filmed in the bathroom,I thought that was atrocious and showed no creativity at all nor humor.How can a scene of a kid in the bathroom be funny? The kid you can tell was extremely uncomfortable,totally unacceptable. Very Bad scene. If I would have been him I know I wouldn't have done the scene. I would have quit or told them to change the script if they want me to be in the film or simply not show up at all in that scene !! I also didn't like the scene where the boy lost his pants in the pool,he had to wear a girl's swim wear. That is not funny,humiliates the character and honestly makes him look like bad. When he was in the diving board he slipped and fell badly in the pool,a fall like that can injure you and hurts a lot unless you dive correctly. I know because I use to go regularly in the 80's to a public pool and was taught how to swim and dive to a pool.The character also lied many times,never listened to his parents and let his brother always push him around plus never made an effort to get good grades. His parents don't do anything about his failing grades,the bullying he gets. His dad says he wants to bond with him but never puts discipline on Greg and his brother. His mother doesn't put discipline either,even lets Roderick wear eyeliner to play music,mainly never supervises her kids and lets them do whatever they want. The only good thing about her is that she likes to go to church. The kids in the movie don't focus on been good and on Christian values nor on strength of character. Finally,Greg never was able to overcome his problems and the entire film show no sensitivity toward the bullying issue. I give it a D-, my husband didn't like it either and my sister wouldn't like it. Gordon needs to choose better projects that focus on family and moral values not just do any movie or TV show out there.
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012): Dir: David Bowers / Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris: One can assume that the subtitle symbolizes the subdued summer through the perspective of the hero, but physically the dog that is so advertized on the film's poster, is involved in so little of the plot that one wonders whether it was necessary. The principal actors are all back. Zachary Gordon is our wimpy kid who looks forward to a summer of video games until his hopes are blocked with his father's push that he become involved in outdoor activities. He lies about a job at a country club when he learns that the girl he has a crush on is teaching tennis there. While the first film is enjoyable and contains much that children may relate to, this third outing is pointless and only heaps on a bunch of useless subplots about sixteenth birthdays, carnivals, and a lame wilderness group that only adds to the film's poor visual appeal. Gordon survives the material as the scheming kid who avoids responsibility and disappoints his father. Robert Capron plays his naive pudgy best friend who becomes Gordon's passageway to the country club. Devon Bostick steals much humor as older brother who is involved with a terrible band and blackmails Gordon for club access. Steve Zahn as their father makes an appearance but he seems merely reciting tired formulas done by previous actors playing frustrated fathers. Rachael Harris resumes position once again in the mother role. Like the subtitle, this family film is a real dog in more days than one. Score: 2 ½ / 10
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