Poor Greg Heffley! All he wants to do over the summer is play video games all day and find a way to hang out with his crush, Holly, but you know the saying, “The best laid schemes of mice and men go often awry…”. And that is exactly what happened.
From the minute the story opens, poor Greg Heffley is put in one bad situation after the next. Luckily for the viewer, those “bad” situations make us laugh! From the horrors of the men’s locker room at the public pool, to losing his swim trunks on the diving board only to have to walk out of the pool in little girl shorts, to calling 911 on Rowley’s dad, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days in not short on laughs and the kind of “gross out” humor kids laugh about.
In the beginning of the movie, you clearly get the picture Greg and his Dad do not “click”. Not because neither of them try, but because they enjoy different things, and let’s face it, Greg is a teenager. Greg ends up lying to his Dad about having a job a the local country club once he finds out his crush Holly is there everyday and to hang out with his friend Rowley all summer. As the movie progresses, you can see the relationship with his dad getting stronger, they laugh over some comic they both dislike, they bond when their new dog takes the pot roast the mom cooked, and they are talking more, laughing more. But when Greg’s dad finds out about the lie, you can see the disappointment in his face. Greg realizes disappointing his dad is worse than his dad being mad at him and tries to make it up to him during a camping trip where they ultimately end up bonding, even if it is in between more humorous situations.
I liked this movie for several reasons. It was not made for adults like some kids movies are. There were no adult humor jokes slipped in for the parents watching the movie. There was humor, kids humor, around every corner that kids in that “awkward” stage can relate to, or at least think “Gosh I am glad that hasn’t happened to me.” The parents were not portrayed as complete bumbling idiots like a lot of TV shows do. While they were funny and light, you could see the parent-child relationship grow with the Dad.
But besides all of that, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, was just a fun, light movie. Exactly what the Doctor ordered for this family!
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (20th Century Fox)
Release: Friday, August 3rd nationwide
Run Time: 94 Minutes
During his summer vacation, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – which fails to keep him away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.