Summary: I wish more movies about childhood were like the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' movies. They're well thought out, fun, and really capture what it was like being a kid. They may feel a little sitcomy at times, but that's okay because they're genuinely funny.
Conclusion: The first Wimpy Kid film genuinely evoked the intense emotions of middle school awkwardness, but the sequel, Rodrick Rules , doesn't quite do the same for sibling rivalry. If less inspired, it's still good fun, but only younger kids will get full enjoyment from the movie's essential silliness.
Excerpt: Diary of a Wimpy Kid is already moving into the territory of overly familiar, predictable cliches, the stuff movies like this rely on to generate a little time killing. Moms awkwardly dancing, dad dealing with his figurine collection, skating rinks where a roller derby suddenly takes place over the...
Excerpt: Everyone sucks at being twelve years old. That’s not an opinion but a fact. The only variance is how they suck at it. A select few still behave like ten-year-olds. They dive in the mud, make asses out of themselves and fail to realize everyone else is laughing at them.
Excerpt: It was merely a year ago when the world was introduced to the cinematic incarnation of author Jeff Kinney's saga of adolescent woe. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" was only a moderate hit in the spring of 2010, but it was cheap, crude, and ripe for expansion.
Excerpt: Jeff Kinney’s popular “visual novel” series Diary Of A Wimpy Kid converts a preteen boy’s everyday traumas into a charming combination of stick-figure sketchbook and irreverent running commentary.