Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s difficult to call Dog Days “really humorous”, but this summer-set, book-based story takes a focus on father-son bonding. Relating to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books 3 & 4, it’s also very entertaining.


School’s out, summer vacation is on and Greg Heffley just wants to relax and have fun playing video games during his school break. However, his father on the other hand, has different approaches to summer fun and activities.

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Movie details

Director: David Bowers
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell
Writer: Wallace Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes
Release Date (Australia): 20 September 2012
Runtime: 94 minutes/1h 34m
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

Thematic elements include mild crude humour, some scenes that may scare young children, comedic threat and the struggle of a child to bond with his father.

Violence (G)

There is slapstick violence depicted throughout the film, including police officers tackling a man, characters being hit by tennis balls and a man’s hand being hit with a mallet.

Nudity (G)

The film contains brief and comedic depictions of upper male buttocks.

mpaa rating

PG (for some rude humor)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Despite a selfish attitude coming from Greg Heffley as we expect, what’s loveable and improved about Dog Days is the entertaining summer-setting and the father-son-bonding. Greg Heffley and his father attempt to put in more time for each other. It’s basically Rodrick Rules, but is surprisingly more fun and mixes the Wimpy Kid books “The Last Straw” and “Dog Days”.

To be a bit more clear, what Wimpy Kid fans and most children will enjoy is mainly how it’s summertime, and a lot of it is set out in fun areas such as campsites and country clubs. What’s annoying but interesting in a way is how manipulative and selfish the lead character can be. Most of the other characters are likeable, and they’re well-written as well.

This kids’ comedy is also another film to keep for the ages 12 and under. Not everyone will appreciate it’s average and forgettable humour, but it’s extremely hard to not engage with the story and all the elements it uses. It’s very satisfying, especially for fans. Pratfalls, friends, father-son bonding, outdoor weather and hilariously unusual situations!

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