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Still shot from the movie: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

When school lets out for summer vacation, Greg (Zachary Gordon) is faced with the prospect of long, hot days with nothing to do and nowhere to go. And his plans to just play video games are soon scuttled by his parents (Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 94
Theater Release: 03 Aug 2012
Video Release: 17 Dec 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

These movies are based on the writings of Jeff Kinney.

Greg’s mother wants her husband to be the kind of father to his children that he never had. How difficult is it to change from the parenting style you saw modeled as a child? Does Greg’s dad have a real relationship with any of his children? Why does the father/son relationship with Roderick seem to be ignored? What is the one common interest that Greg and his father share?

Who faces peer pressure in this story? Is it as difficult for adults to deal with as it is for teens? How does the Heffley family differ from their neighbors the Warrens? Which family is your’s most like?

What would have been realistic consequences for Greg to face for his actions?

What would be your perfect way to spend the summer? What are your favorite activities to engage in?

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