MOVIE REVIEW: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS

Running time: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Peyton List
Director: David Bowers

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days

I enjoyed the first two films in this franchise- Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. These films are light-hearted and funny, and I can relate to the awkwardness of being 11 and 12 years old and still learning how to interact with people and stay out of trouble with my parents.

I didn’t like this third film, Dog Days.

Rowley and Greg in Dog Days

Image credit: Diyah Pera

The biggest component of these films is the friendship between Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley (Gordon) and his best friend, Rowley (Capron). They are a perfect team because Greg is too ambitious at times, and the conscientious Rowley knows how to reel him in. And sometimes Rowley is too timid and Greg helps him come out of his shell.

In Dog Days Greg and Rowley are out of school for summer vacation, and Greg’s parents are concerned that he will spend his entire summer sitting on the couch and playing video games. Rowley’s family belongs to a country club, and Rowley invites Greg to be his guest and hang out with him at the club’s pool. Greg discovers his school crush, Holly, is also a member, and Greg comes up with a lie to tell his parents so he can spend every day at the country club.

Peyton List in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

I know that kids of all ages tell lies to get what they want, but Greg tells so many lies that lead to such disastrous consequences that it was very difficult to laugh at the circumstances. What’s worse is Greg never seems to get into trouble for the horrible things that he’s said and done.

Sometimes when I’m watching kid films it’s hard for me to turn off my ‘adult’ side and see it purely through my ‘child’ side. However after seeing Dog Days I think Rowley needs to find a new best friend, which is unfortunate because the audience knows from the previous Wimpy Kid films that Greg is not a bad kid. I recently read that a fourth installment may be in the works but if it’s anything like Dog Days I may have to skip it.

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