Becky and I took the kids to see the new movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid on opening week at the AMC theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO, a couple weeks ago. The Fandango website at Diary of a Wimpy Kid describes the movie as follows:
“Hapless preteen Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) endures bullies, swirlies, morons, and wedgies while navigating the treacherous world of middle school and recording his traumas in his personal journal in this family-oriented comedy inspired by author Jeff Kinney’s best-selling series of illustrated novels. Try as he might, Greg just can’t understand who thought it was a good idea to place kids who haven’t even hit their first growth spurt in the same school as kids who get a five-o’clock shadow by lunch time…”
Diary of a Wimpy Kid like Alice In Wonderland is based on a children’s book, but in this case it’s a modern book series about a child who is Middle School surrounded by “morons”. Our son Corban has read all of the books and he couldn’t wait to see this movie. Bianca and Conroy each read one of the books and I had read about half of one of the books with Corban, so I knew what was going on with the film.
The film is fun and funny at times, but it also moves kind of slow at times. It’s definitely a children’s movie and many of the jokes are directed toward being a 4th to 6th grader, but there are also lessons to be learned about throwing your friends under the bus. The story is a little disturbing at times as you watch the young boy make some very bad decisions, but in the end there is a redeeming lesson to be learned about friendship.
I liked it, but I would probably wait for the rental. Corban loved it, Bianca liked it, Becky thought it was okay and Conroy didn’t think it was that great.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental
Conroy – ** Rental
Bianca – *** Worth The Trip
Corban – **** Don’t Miss It
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