Diary Of A Wimpy Kid - Movie Review
Took Ten Year Old Son And Seven Year Old Daughter....
When I decided to take my kids to the movie "DIARY OF A WIMPY KID," I prepared myself for lots of butt jokes, fat jokes, geeky kids and disgusting food stuff. I mean this is the "norm" at any school whether it is elementary or middle school or any type of group gathering at this age who enjoy these subjects. Infact I just realized that there were not any fart jokes in the film. Is this possible? ha When I saw the trailer I said to myself "now this is something my son will love!" My son is ten years old but he can relate to a few of the characters he read about in the book even if they are a bit older then he is. I have skimmed through the books on occasion and I got a very clear idea of what the book was about just by looking at the drawings.
You see, I have lots of these sort of jokes in my home when my kids get on a roll. Butt jokes can go on for an afternoon and then they eventually switch to something worse before I have to threaten to take video games away. Sometimes the name calling and "who can be silliest mode" goes on and on until I have finally had enough. Even if I yell at them sometimes it is impossible to get them to slow down after they have gotten to the "silly place of no return!"
My point is that nothing really shocks me anymore when it comes to kids and what they say. In the movie DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, I did experience quite a few surprises which was great. I do not want to ruin the film for you, but I will say that I was laughing from the very beginning of the movie. I was happy with the cast, but I sort of wish the mother was a bit more present in the film. Not just being there as support, but more of a struggle with son and mom issues at this age since I'm sort of experiencing that now along with other mothers who bring their kids to this film. I saw quite a few mothers with kids around the same age.
The lead actor who plays Greg (Zachary Gordon) is fantastic in this role and my son really liked him a lot along with his good friend Rowley (Robert Capron). The lesson in this movie is a good one and I'm always happy when I walk away with my children after a film and they learn something "positive." It is also nice at this age to be able to leave on a "happy note."
I did feel that the humor and pace of the film was similar to another film I took the kids to a while ago called SHORTS released in 2009. Lots of funny jokes and lots of funny kids who say lots of funny things. A few girl roles that are a pain in the "you know what" and can also give the boys a bit of a hard time. Actually I do not mind seeing young female actresses playing strong roles even if they are acting like a tyrant which seems to work in this film.
For the end of this review I decided to write about what each of my children said after the movie was over and into the evening. With my son it seemed to cause a "delayed reaction" and just before bed, he was on a DIARY OF A WIMPY KID roll!
Ten Year Old Son Review....
My son seemed to enjoy the scenes that had something to do with "disgusting stuff" which means that the movie got that right. What I found touching is that he actually repeated the scenes that involved Greg's toddler brother by the end of the evening. He also seemed to like things that he never knew about like he has picked up some secret sort of language that he will repeat to his friends when he goes back to school. He seems to think that the "cooties" (called something else in the film) they speak about in the film happened at a local school near where we live like it is from an "old tale" and I find this fascinating! When I first asked him what he thought of the film, he did not say much at all but by the end of the day he could not stop talking about it. He repeated and acted out scenes for his father in great detail. This I feel is always a good sign that he really liked the film.
Seven Year Old Daughter Review...
My little girl did not laugh much during this film, but she did have a surprised look on her face. If I were to do this again, I would not have taken her to this film. It is harmless in many ways, but not exciting enough for a child who is not near the middle school age. Especially a young girl who understands butt jokes, but not all of the other boy stuff and older kids stuff that they show in the film. She did laugh at many of the scenes that included a bathroom (their were quite a few) and also anything with the toddler brother. The baby scenes seemed to be the only time we were all in the same "movie watching mode" because of the kids age difference. The moments where we were all laughing together which was nice. If you want to bring young girls to this film I would probably bring girls who understand the ages in the film. I do believe if my daughter was atleast ten years old, she would have had a better experience.
My favorite Parts Without ruining It For You
I have to say that I adored the character of the "fat kid" Rowley since I had grown up with quite a few kids that he reminded me of. The young actor that plays this role is outstanding and he just shines in the film. When I think of this film in the future, he will come to mind before I even think of the lead character Greg. I just feel that his role was much more developed in the script and you really feel for him. There is a part where the baby toddler gets hold of something "mature" that was really hilarious and also a few scenes with the older teenage brother that reminded me of myself when I wanted to scare my sister and her friends many years ago.
We were all there at one point of our lives, but as I move into my mid-forties it is getting harder to remember everything in the "old days." One scene that will stay with me when I think of the film is when Rowley and his mother (the only time you see her) do something hilarious at a school event. Even though most reviews would probably say it was very "predictable," I would say that it was adorable.
I may have my son see this film again and send him with his dad and a good friend from school. I do think that he would really have a better time "with the boys" so they can compare notes and repeat silly "boy things."
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