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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

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The adventures of a 12 year old who is fresh out of elementary and transitions to middle school, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year.

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Thor Freudenthal

Writers:

Jackie Filgo (screenplay), Jeff Filgo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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5 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Gordon ... Greg Heffley
Robert Capron ... Rowley Jefferson
Rachael Harris ... Susan Heffley
Steve Zahn ... Frank Heffley
Connor Fielding ... Manny Heffley
Owen Fielding ... Manny Heffley
Devon Bostick ... Rodrick Heffley
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Angie Steadman
Karan Brar ... Chirag Gupta
Grayson Russell ... Fregley
Laine MacNeil ... Patty Farrell
Alex Ferris ... Collin
Andrew McNee ... Coach Malone
Belita Moreno ... Mrs. Norton
Rob LaBelle ... Mr. Winsky
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Storyline

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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It's Not A Diary. It's A Movie. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

As of February 2019, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series as a whole is the 12th-best selling book series in the world. The 11th-best selling is the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, the 10th-best selling is the San-Antonio series by Frédéric Dard, the 3rd-best selling is the Perry Mason series by Erle Stanley Gardner, the 2nd-best selling is the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, and the very best selling is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Heffley dumps water on Greg and Rowley from the roof, mistaking them for teenagers, it's blatantly obvious that someone simply threw the water at them from off-camera. See more »

Quotes

Angie Steadman: [laughing] You rejected the school paper, but you joined the Safety Patrol. Are you working your way down the evolutionary ladder?
Greg Heffley: What?
Angie Steadman: Look, Safety Patrol is the lowest of the low.
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Crazy Credits

The 75th Anniversary variant of the animated 20th Century Fox logo at the beginning of the movie changes to a cartoonified version. The word "CENTURY" appears to be shaded. See more »

Alternate Versions

The word "crappy" in Rodrick's sentence is changed to "queasy" when aired on Disney Channel. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Diary of a Wimpy Alien: Predator Rules (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Tear It Up
Written by Nick Kokoros, Pat McKay, Tony Dow and Jay Lein
Performed by White Demons
Courtesy of RipTide Music, Inc.
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An Entertaining and Fun Movie for Anyone of Any Age!
26 March 2010 | by travelingaroundtownSee all my reviews

We went to see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie this past week with a number of adults and kids and I have to say that everyone absolutely loved this movie. There is something for everyone to relate to in this movie, young or old. It stays true to the book which was a concern all of us had before seeing the movie. However, you don't have to read the book to enjoy this movie. In addition, the adaptation from the book to "silver screen" was one of the better ones I have seen and the transformation captured the essence of the story intact. There were a few additional scenes added to the movie that weren't in the book, but they kept in step with the story and didn't detract at all from the enjoyment of the film.

The cast was all well picked. The main character of the movie, Greg Heffley (played wonderfully by Zachary Gordon) stayed true to the book and he was totally believable. Everyone felt that this kid actor, Zach Gordon, did a great job of bringing life to this complex character and transforming Greg Heffley from a cartoon stick figure in the books to a real live person, while maintaining all his idiosyncrasies. It was also fun to watch him as, at times, he has these great facial expressions. The beauty of the movie was the added sensitivity and emotionality that presented itself in the film that wasn't available to us in the novel.

In the movie, Greg led us on an emotional roller-coaster ride throughout the film: first we liked him, then we hated him, then we felt sorry for him, then we loved him. His relationship with his best friend Rowley along with its ups and downs (hey, just like real life) was great for kids to see. For adults, it would remind us of the "real" friendships we had (from simpler times) in those early Jr. High School years. Before computers we had real "live" friendships and we really did go over to our friends' houses to "play".

I did not find the movie "trite" "predictable", or "slow". The comedy was evenly paced and kept the attention of the audience throughout, including my kids. This is a very entertaining movie that can be enjoyed by adults as well as kids. If you want a fun, witty, wholesome, and relatable story that will both touch and entertain you at the same time, go see this movie, it won't disappoint.


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,126,166, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$64,003,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,196,538
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1.85 : 1
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