Friday, August 3, 2012
Movie Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid-Dog Days
The movie, based on the Jeff Kinney book series, follows Greg Heffley on his summer vacation. Greg and his best friend, Rowley, spend much of the summer at Rowley's country club. Greg comes as his guest, and enjoys the smoothies and an opportunity to schmooze with Holly Hills, his dream girl.
Greg's older brother, Rodrick, also comes o the country club a couple times, as Rodrick is smitten with Holly's older sister, Heather Hills (since we know Kinney is from this area, we have to wonder if Heather got her name from the Bowie-based school or it's just coincidence).
Greg's attempts to impress Holly are a miss, while Rodrick's attempts to impress Heather are an absolute disaster. In one of the movie's funnier scenes, Rodrick tries to get Heather, who is a lifeguard, to notice him by pretending to drown. Heather, who apparently has better things to do, doesn't notice, and a large, hairy, male bystander takes things into his own hands, even offering Rodrick mouth-to-mouth.
The movie takes side trips, with Rowley and Greg heading to the boardwalk together, and inane misunderstandings ensuing. Greg's father, Frank, takes Rowley and friends Chirag and Fregley on a Wilderness Adventures (think Boy scouts, but no trademark issues involved) trip, where more wild, implausible, and even funny things happen.
The actors are likeable and the friendship between Rowley and Greg, like in the past, is the heart of this film. Even though I'm not a huge fan of the books, I really did find the movie enjoyable. I only have one word of warning. During the Wilderness Adventures trip, Fregley tells a scary story about a muddy hand that comes to life and apparently goes on a killing spree. The story is punctuated in a very jump-out-of-your-seat way that could be scary for little kids. Everyone in the theater around me jumped during this scene. So, FYI.
That's it for today. Hope you have a great weekend.