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Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days’ (PG)

Written By Kate Maitland-Gleed


Rated: 3 Stars

Written and produced by ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author, Jeff Kinney, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days’ is the third in the series. Summer is around the corner, and sun, sea, noisy kids, theme parks, girls, a dog and a lack of swimming trunks all awaits a trouble making school child… Greg  Heffley (played by Zachary Gordon), who is more excited than ever as this summer, as he will level up on his video game! But little does Greg know that his Dad, Frank Heffley (played by Steve Zahn) has a different idea of a summer of fun. The choice is Greg’s video games and T.V, or outdoor activities and excersise. Umm… Tricky desision!

But before school ends, yearbooks have to be signed, and there is one person that Greg, and his best friend Rowley (played by Robert Capron) want to sign theirs… Holly Hills (played by Peyton List), the most beautiful girl in school who, in her spare time, teaches young children how to play tennis down at the local clubhouse. But unfortunately, after being asked for her number by Greg, Holly is wisked away by her best friend and Greg’s worst nightmare, Patty Farrell (played by Laine MacNeil), before finishing the number. What is a boy to do?! And this isn’t the only problem that Greg will face. Will he meet up with the love of his life? Will he make his father proud? Will he level up? Will he ever find his swimming trunks? You will have to watch this film if you want to find out!

I feel that you need to have seen the last two films, or at least read the books, to really get into this film. As I hadn’t done either, I didn’t fully understand this movie, as I hadn’t got to know the characters before hand. The friend I went to the cinema with, who had read all of the books, told me that the film had failed to include vital details that the book had in it originally. Yes, I did enjoy most parts of this movie, but some, I really didn’t get. Maybe it was because I am 14, and this film was made for younger kids, but I felt that most of the humour was immature and childish. I guess that’s why it’s certified as ‘PG’! I would really recommend going to the cinema to see this film for a family day out!

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