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.


Thor Freudenthal


Jackie Filgo (screenplay), Jeff Filgo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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


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

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Did You Know?


When the camera eases in on Chirag getting bullied by the two kids while Greg is introducing him, there is a teacher in the background who does not seem to be stopping the bullies. See more »


Some of the foam from the fire extinguisher is sprayed onto Greg. Two shots later, Greg is clean. See more »


Greg Heffley: [smugly] You're way too smart for me Patty Ferrell...
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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 »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Up Rock (Slow Version)
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Lingers Your Memory...
8 August 2010 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Films like 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' take you back in time. Of how, we celebrated our school days and how we cherish them today. Moving on, 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' is a fairly entertaining film, that makes you laugh, re-counts your memories and is cute in nature.

Based on the book in the illustrated novel series of the same title by Jeff Kinney, Thor Freudenthal has directed the film well. However, the film is not without it's minuses. It gets repetitive and is about 10-15 minutes longer then it should've actually been.

Coming directly to the acting department, Zachary Gordon is first-rate as the protagonist. He expresses the haste nature, anger and envy every kid goes through. Robert Capron is outstanding! The real scene-stealer! Chloë Moretz looks lovely, as always, and performs superbly. Steve Zahn in a brief role, has not much to do. Alex Ferris is hysterical.

On the whole, It's film that will entertain you in those 90 minutes, and expect only entertainment from this one. Nearly, A Thumbs Up!

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Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,126,166, 21 March 2010

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