Picture from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Overall C+

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).

Violence B
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor.

Talk to your kids about…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

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?