Diary of a wimpy kid movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s certainly plenty in there, as well as mild rude humour and language. Based on Jeff Kinney’s fabulous book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid will be mostly enjoyed by young audiences.


Greg Heffley plans to be rich and famous some day, but now, he’s experiencing the numerous adventures as he transitions into middle school, trying to become popular among his grade and learning responsibility.

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Movie details

Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Chloë Grace Moretz
Writer: Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Jeff Judah, Gabe Sachs
Release Date (Australia): 9 September 2010
Runtime: 89 minutes/1h 29m
Genre: Comedy, Family, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

Themes include mild crude humour, the struggle of the friendship between children, senses of threat and very mild scary scenes.

Violence (G)

The film features comedic violence including a scene in which several characters throw small objects at each other and a scenes in which children are depicted wrestling.

Coarse Language (PG)

There is infrequent use of the word “crap”.

Sex (G)

The film contains multiple brief depictions of sexualised imagery.

mpaa rating

PG (for some rude humor and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This book-based journey through a single year of middle school is fun, cringey and should definitely be witnessed by young kids. Although most tweens and teens will agree that Jeff Kinney’s books are of higher quality, director Thor Freudenthal still never fails to portray similar material in the movie.

Greg Heffley, Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s lead character, sure has a selfish and quite an unlikeable personality, but his and the rest of the cast’s performances are pretty watchable. Despite the lame averageness featured in pretty much every family movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is usually entertaining, but also deals with friendship and silly middle school topics.

Don’t expect the most clever ideas, but it achieves portraying the main elements kids loved about the book. You’ll understand why some audiences felt this comedy was just a big chunk of snot. The gross-out humour is also a little nonsense, however, it’s honestly quite an enjoyable film. The characters are unforgettable and the pacing is decent.

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