Diary of a Wimpy Kid Parent Guide
The script includes some insightful lessons into the value of friendship, the importance of accepting yourself and the cost of seeking celebrity status.
Parent Movie Review
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a funny, family-friendly film based on the popular graphic novels by Jeff Kinney. Suitable for most older children, it is told from the perspective of the new-to-middle-school Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon). However, it will likely resonate with almost anyone who has endured what might be the worst three years of adolescence.
Heading off to Westmore Middle School is rather daunting for Greg who has been repeatedly warned by his browbeating older brother (Devon Bostick) to keep his head down and his mouth shut in order to avoid any unwanted attention. But Greg has aspirations of being voted one of the Class Favorites in the school yearbook and is determined to make his mark among his classmates.
Unfortunately his ambitions seem to backfire at every attempt and when he gets noticed it’s for all the wrong things. At first Greg blames his chubby and childish friend Rowley (Robert Capron) for being his obstacle to instant popularity. Rowley, after all, rides a purple bike to school, wears juvenile t-shirts and still wants to get together after school to play—instead of hang out. But when Rowley breaks his arm in an accident (caused by Greg), it is the injured boy who gets attention from sympathetic female students and is invited to sit at their table in the cafeteria.
Faced with peer pressure and bullies, subjected to the embarrassment of gym class and humiliated for being depicted as a loser on the front page of the school paper, Greg faces some difficult but not totally unbelievable situations as his constant clamoring for acclaim continues to flop. While he is lucky to have fairly involved parents (Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn), most incidents—including a schoolyard brawl—happen away from any adult presence. The preteen and his friends are left on their own to deal with some weighty moral dilemmas and tough realities. Still, the story offers plenty of laughs with relatively infrequent bouts of potty humor and name-calling.
Whether you relate to Greg or Rowley or any of their classmates including the wise-beyond-her-years Angie (Chloe Moretz), the hygiene-challenged Fregley (Grayson Russell) or the undersized Chirag (Karan Brar), there will likely be some recollections, unpleasant or otherwise, that surface for adult viewers during this all-too-real visit to the classroom. (The guy sitting next to me alternately groaned and laughed as his school experiences came flooding back to memory.) And for younger audience members, especially those who love the books, the script includes some insightful lessons into the value of friendship, the importance of accepting yourself and the cost of seeking celebrity status.Directed by Thor Freudenthal . Starring Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Chloe Moretz, Grayson Russell, Karan Brar.. Running time: 93 minutes. Theatrical release March 19, 2010. Updated July 19, 2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Rating & Content Info
Why is Diary of a Wimpy Kid rated PG? Diary of a Wimpy Kid is rated PG by the MPAA for some rude humor and language.
The script contains a handful of terms of Deity and several name-calling incidents. A character is harassed by his older brother. Two characters are bullied by older teens on the street and the school grounds. A female character threatens and bullies her classmates. Some students feel humiliated during a gym class and during after school activities. A boy burns his hand on a stove and another character breaks his arm. An older teen tells a story about devil worshipers. A boy is kicked in the groin. Two characters discover a magazine that shows a scantily clad woman. A character fails to tell the truth. Students taunt two boys into fighting. Boys are shown sitting on the toilet at school. A boy accidently urinates on another character after he is startled. A preschooler uses his potty-training toilet at the kitchen table. Other rude jokes include nose picking and flatulence.
Page last updated July 19, 2016
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Parents' Guide
What good efforts does Greg make to try and fit in at school? Why do they fail so often? Is Rowley more accepting of himself than Greg is? Is this an unusual character portrayal?
What does Greg’s mom mean when she says that choices are what make us who we are? What moral dilemmas does Greg face in this story? How does peer pressure impact the characters in this film?
The most recent home video release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie is August 3, 2010. Here are some details…
Diary of a Wimpy Kid releases on August 3, 2010 as a Single-Disc DVD and The Cheesiest Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Both versions include the following bonus extras:
- Greg’s Deleted Diary Pages
- Fregley’s Scavenger Hunt
- Chirag’s Trail of Tears
- Fregley’s Shuffle
- Mom Drops Greg Off at School
- Greg and Rowley Jump Over The Wall
- Mr. Winsky’s Safety Patrol Assignment
- Mom Suggests a Friendship Card
- Greg Meets Fregley’s Mom
- Greg Has The Cheese Touch
- Rowley’s Lost Zoo-Wee Mama Cartoons
- Feature Commentary with Director Thor Freudenthal and Writer Gabe SachsB
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Cheesiest Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack also offers:
- DVD Copy of the movie
- Digital Copy of the movie.
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The preteen years are equally filled with dilemmas for a young girl who finds herself keeping everyone’s confidential information in Little Secrets. Starting a new school is tough for a boy named Billy who ends up trying to figure out How to Eat Fried Worms. Although he’s not a father in Daddy Day Care, Steve Zahn plays a caregiver who really relates to little kids.