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Mainstream - Mom Reviewed - Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Rodrick Rules

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Rodrick Rules
Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Peyton List
Directed by David Bowers
Fox Home Entertainment 2011

The second Diary of a Wimpy Kid DVD (based on the children’s books by Jeff Kinney) tells the story of Greg Heffley, his friends and family.  This time around, Greg is in Grade 7, and not the lowest of the low in middle school.  This movie focuses more on his relationship with his brother, Rodrick, and less on his trials at school.

Mom Reviewed Diary of a Wimpy Kid DVD

This family DVD is hilarious.  There is no other way to put it.  The returning cast really have come into this movie knowing their characters, and do a fantastic job portraying them.  Greg (played by Zachary Gordon) is still trying to figure out how to be popular, but is not so willing to be cruel to do it.  Rowley (Robert Capron) continues his hysterical portrayal of a kid who is not concerned with what is cool, and delivers some of the movie’s best lines.  Holly Hills (Peyton List) is Greg’s crush, and helps Greg realize that brothers remain brothers. Rodrick (Devon Bostick) delivers an excellent performance and is still his evil self, trying to manipulate his parents and his brother, but comes around in the end to see that having a brother isn’t so bad after all.  The parents (Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn) are still clueless, but not as much as in the first movie.

Which brings me to the thing that I love the most in kid’s movies – the message.  This time around the message that we get from this movie is great.  There is always sibling rivalry, but you get over it – it’s family.  

This movie seemed less vicious than the last one.  There are a few moments when you think that the two oldest Heffley brothers might even become really good friends.  As a mom of a couple of boys, it was nice to see.

All of my kids (both boys and girls) really loved this family DVD.  They got a real kick out of the church scene (as did my husband and I).  This is a great movie for the whole (older – 6+) family.  We all watched it and had lots of laughs and even some discussions afterwards.  Definitely get this movie - you will have lots of laughs!

Carolyn Genge

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