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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

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The adventures of a 12 year old who is fresh out of elementary and transitions to middle school, where he has to learn the consequences and responsibility to survive the year.

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Thor Freudenthal

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Jackie Filgo (screenplay), Jeff Filgo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Gordon ... Greg Heffley
Robert Capron ... Rowley Jefferson
Rachael Harris ... Susan Heffley
Steve Zahn ... Frank Heffley
Connor Fielding ... Manny Heffley
Owen Fielding ... Manny Heffley
Devon Bostick ... Rodrick Heffley
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Angie Steadman
Karan Brar ... Chirag Gupta
Grayson Russell ... Fregley
Laine MacNeil ... Patty Farrell
Alex Ferris ... Collin
Andrew McNee ... Coach Malone
Belita Moreno ... Mrs. Norton
Rob LaBelle ... Mr. Winsky
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Storyline

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It's a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor - and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can't-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he's getting it all down on paper, via a diary - "it's NOT a diary, it's a journal!" Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation - filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. "One day when I'm famous," writes Greg, "I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day." So was born the Wimpy Kid's diary. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,126,166, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$64,003,625

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,700,498
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Patty performs in a British accent while playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz play (Dorothy is an American character from Kansas). See more »

Goofs

When Greg opens the school door at the start of the movie, a trash can is knocked over and it is completely full. This scene was set at the very beginning of the school year, making a full trash can seem strange as they would have been emptied over the summer. See more »

Quotes

Greg Heffley: [looking at class favorites] The class favorites.
[opening the section]
Greg Heffley: They're the best in their class. These people aren't nobodies. They're famous. They don't have to worry about getting a seat in the cafeteria, either. Check this out. There's tons of things I qualify for: "Most Likely to Succeed", "Best Looking", "Class Clown". They should just give that to me right now.
Rowley Jefferson: Don't you have to be funny for that?
[spotting something in the section]
Rowley Jefferson: Hey! We can try for cutest friends!
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Other than the film's name, there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The word "crappy" in Rodrick's sentence is changed to "queasy" when aired on Disney Channel. See more »


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Written by Craig Nicholls
Performed by The Vines
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Fair to Middlin...
4 April 2010 | by canuckteachSee all my reviews

I saw Diary of a Wimpy Kid (DOAWK) at a Cineplex large screen (full-price), with 2 grand-daughters, one of whom has read the books (I haven't). I concur with others that the film starts out promising, but tends to bog down in the middle. The main character becomes a little mean-spirited, and the fun begins to fade somewhat. I gather that the books contain a certain cynical tone for the main character, and that the humour plays off that. When you transfer to a screenplay, you have to get the 'voice' right, or else the gags don't work.

I might compare it to describing a Seinfeld plot to a bewildered foreigner: "you see, George takes a disabled parking spot at the mall, causing a girl in a wheelchair to have an accident, so George and Kramer buy her a replacement wheelchair that has defective brakes, and she goes screaming down a hill.." sounds mean, huh? it's not -- it's hilarious WHEN you see it in context. Maybe that's what happens in DOAWK -- incorporating several ideas from the books resulted in some 'losing the context', so to speak.

However, family films are few and far between these days, and this is passable family fun. My advice? if you have a matinée-priced theater, go see it. At full price? stay home and watch your 'Better off Dead' DVD on your big screen TV.


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