Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days parents guide

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Parent Guide

This kid might have been wimpy once but he's become downright deceitful.

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).

Release date August 3, 2012

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

Why is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days rated PG? The MPAA rated Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days PG for some rude humor.

Run Time: 94 minutes

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Greg Heffley’s (Zachary Gordon) junior high angst may have garnered sympathy in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie. But he has since grown into a compulsive (even pathological) liar. When summer arrives, his goal is to spend all of it playing video games. He knows his dad (Steve Zahn) won’t approve so from day one he plans to pull a fast one on old pop.

Greg’s only other diversion is Holly Hills (Peyton List), the perky blonde with a list of service-oriented activities to fill her off months. When Gregdiscovers Holly is a member of the same country club as his chubby pal Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron), he takes advantage of his friend’s good nature and worms his way into the exclusive establishment.

But what may have been excusable when Greg was a 12-year-old now seems indefensible. His insecurity and immaturity have become outright meanness. After being invited for a weekend away with Rowley and his parents (Bronwen Smith, Alf Humphreys), Greg sends out a derogatory email to Mr. Jefferson’s entire mailing list. He also convinces Rowley to disregard his parents’ instructions and mocks their family rituals. When Rowley’s parents refuse (and rightly so) to let the two boys hang out together, Greg fibs his way into the country club, assuming whatever identity he needs to get past the front desk. And once inside, he opens the back gate to let his feckless brother Roderick (Devon Bostick) in so he can ogle Holly’s older sister Heather (Melissa Roxburgh).

When Mr. Heffley secures an internship for his son at the office, Greg lies about having another job at the club. He rolls his eyes at his mother’s (Rachael Harris) efforts to engage him in literature and snubs his nose at the idea of joining a scouting group. To say that Greg Heffley has become unlikeable is an understatement.

Although Steve Zahn’s over-the-top antics as an inept dad elicit laughs, all the adults in this film are exaggerated to the point of ridiculousness. That not only makes them seem pathetic, it is also easier to justify the kids’ superiority in this story. Unfortunately that means consequences are almost nonexistent for Greg’s bad behavior. With several seemingly good opportunities for Greg to take responsibility for his falsehoods, the filmmakers wimp out, letting Greg get away with a last minute, half-hearted attempt at an apology.

This kid might have been wimpy once but he’s become downright deceitful.

Directed by David Bowers . Starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn. Running time: 94 minutes. Theatrical release August 3, 2012. Updated

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Rating & Content Info

Why is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days rated PG? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is rated PG by the MPAA for some rude humor.

Violence: A mean-spirited attitude pervades this story with several characters (including adults and teens) bullying others. A child sends out a derogatory email. A girl drives over a boy’s foot. Characters are intentionally hit in the groin during a game.    

Sexual Content: Characters wear swimsuits at a pool. A character makes some mildly suggestive comments to and about a girl. Men shower in a dressing room without any graphic nudity being shown. Some back and limited buttock nudity are seen in the dressing area.

Language: The script contains brief name-calling and some mean remarks.

Alcohol / Drug Use: None noted.

Other: A character continually lies to his parents, friends and others. Comments are made about urinating in a public pool. A floating diaper is seen in the water. A boy is shown sitting on the toilet.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Parents' Guide

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?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days movie is December 17, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Release Date: 18 December 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days releases to home video on DVD or Blu-ray. Bonus features include:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days on DVD:

- Commentary by Director David Bowers

- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director David Bowers

- Class Clown Animated Short

- Gag Reel

- Theatrical Trailer

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days on Blu-ray:

- Commentary by Director David Bowers

- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director David Bowers

- Class Clown Animated Short

- Gag Reel

- FX Movie Channel presents Wimpy Empire

- Theatrical Trailer

- Sneak Peak

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Prank Pack Exclusive Features:

- Toys to Fool Your Friends (Moldy Cheese, Bug in Cube and Dog Poo)

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Another school student finds her vacation plans scuttled in Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer. A group of boys spend their dog days playing baseball in The Sand Lot. This movie is the third in a franchise, and was preceded by Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.