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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 25 March 2011 (USA)
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Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Greg Heffley
... Rodrick Heffley
... Susan Heffley
... Rowley Jefferson
... Frank Heffley
Connor Fielding ... Manny Heffley
... Manny Heffley
... Holly Hills
... Chirag
... Patty Farrell
... Fregley
... Grandpa
... Bill
... Ben Segal
... Coach Malone
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Greg and Rodrick don't get along, and his parents are fully aware of that. In order to help them get along, Greg's mother introduces Mom Bucks, which rewards them for getting along. But Rodrick isn't the only problem. He has to deal with any conflicts involving Holly Hills, as well as other embarrassing situations. Will Greg and Rodrick get along? Written by gamergcfan

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sequel | diary | boy | brother | school | See All (26) »

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Welcome to the next grade

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Comedy | Family

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

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25 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dagbok för alla mina fans - Rodrick regerar  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,751,502, 27 March 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,698,535

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,417,394
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Most of the gags in the clean-up scene were improvised on set by the actors. See more »

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At the talent show, after Greg and Rowley's performance. Holly goes backstage to talk with Greg, immediately after that shot it shows Loded Diper playing and it show a shot of the audiences; Holly is back at her seat in a matter of seconds. See more »

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Rodrick Heffley: [answers phone] Hello?
Susan Heffley: Rodrick, it's Mom. Is everything okay? It took a long time for you to answer.
Rodrick Heffley: Yeah, everything's fine. I was just washing dishes.
Susan Heffley: Okay, honey. Well, I just wanted to check in and say I love you, and I'm sorry I was so harsh earlier.
Rodrick Heffley: No problem, bye.
Susan Heffley: Now let me say good night to Greg.
Rodrick Heffley: Greg? Oh... He can't. He's asleep. I don't want to wake him.
Greg Heffley: No, I'm not. I'm right here. Hi, Mom. Hi Rodrick.
Susan Heffley: Hi, sweetie. Is everything okay? Why were you sleeping so early?
Greg Heffley: Well, actually, ...
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As with the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid, no opening credits aside from the movie's title are shown. See more »

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Main Theme)
Written by Theodore Shapiro
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The easy to follow movie easily scores 4 out of 5 among the movies in the same league. Go to the cinemas for some laughter-packed fun!
23 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Most adults do not have a high expectation for family movies like this, isn't it? After all, they are not those movies that contend for this award or that recognition. Then again, isn't it fun to have some great family fun once in a while at a movie like this?

The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series is quite a big hit here in Singapore. Following the release of the first movie in this series last year, it received some criticisms on the pace and the low sense of humour but still managed to pull off a profitable $500,000 at the local ticket box office. This is indicative of its positive reception, probably owing to the vast number of readers of the illustrated novel series of the same name. As a result, Singaporeans are privileged to have "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules" released a week ahead of its official theatrical release in view of March school holidays.

Typically, the young readers can relate to the obligatory activities and school life of Greg and friends. There must be someone in school that somewhat resembles Fregley, the queer one that often disgusts everyone. And also the puny but talkative person that cannot wait to show off what he had accomplished with his wits, just like Chirag Gupta. What about the most beautiful girl in class that everyone just can't wait to get close to? Lastly, let's not forget the die-hard BFF who does everything with you and even go through a distasteful sleepover. Even the older ones in the cinema could somewhat recall classmates who are fitting into these characters. With the talented child actors, they make these characters come to life and really lovable. There is great chemistry which makes it a joy to watch the development of the story.

This time, the movie has a pretty tight storyline and gave the audiences some really great laugh! The content is largely humorous, whether it's the quirky behaviours of the kids, the older brother Rodrick or even the Heffley parents. Comparing it to other movies in the same league, this movie stands out with better humour. One of the potential pitfalls of a family movie is having jokes that are too hard for children understand. In this case, they manage to dodge away from the potential pitfall as the jokes are pretty relatable to the children. Even the adults cannot help but to laugh at the goofiness. Enjoy some simple and good humour! One of the important factors that helped to increase the entertainment value was the 2-D sketches. They were incorporated seamlessly into the storyline and are both intriguing and eye-catching.

As suggested by the title, this movie is more focused on the brothers' relationship, a further development from the first movie of the series. Rodrick was more than an annoyance; he showed the "older brother" side more this time. Be it manipulating his little brother to achieve his motives, or embarrassing his little brother for his own pleasure, or even to passing on his little brother the "good" stuffs… aren't these again, pretty relatable to everyone? Exactly, we're back to it again: relevancy of the movie is indeed the biggest selling point of the movie.

As the movie winds up, it continues to stir our interest and leads us to a less sighted side of the brothers which is dear and heart-warming to watch. Upon watching, you'll probably nod to yourself and say 'indeed, blood is thicker than water'. Despite the older brother not wanting to befriend his little brother initially, at the end of the day he is still always there for him and vice versa. With more diaries to come, this series will definitely gain greater popularity among the young readers.

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