At the Movies: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Love the Book; Love the Movie!

Diary of a Wimpy KidLauren Boxer, an 12-year-old fan of the books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and a friend of KIDS FIRST! screened the film for us. Here’s her review:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid shows us wimpy is cool and in style. You may say, “no it isn’t” but you are wrong. It shows us the ups and downs of middle school and trust me, it is all in there. One thing I was disappointed about before I saw it was it wasn’t animation. But now, I am standing corrected. Zachary Gordon is actually what I would imagine Greg Heffley would be in real life. This is a movie I definitely recommend and Thor Freundenthal (director), Jackie & Jeff Filgo (screenwriters), and last but not least, Jeff Kinney (the book’s author and executive producer) all did a great job.

Based on the best-selling illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, the family comedy Diary of a Wimpy Kid arrived on Blu-ray Disc/DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 3 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

wimpy kidsThe film chronicles the adventures of wisecracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life… middle school. Convinced it’s the “dumbest idea ever invented,” Heffley considers junior high school a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment of the cafeteria floor and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties that he must overcome to become popular.

His diary - or “journal” - chronicles his thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would be) schoolyard triumphs. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid “The Cheesiest Edition” Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack includes the film on Blu-ray, DVD and as a digital copy all custom packaged with additional cartoon pages. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include “Greg’s Deleted Diary Pages”, which bring the diary to life with all-new, never-before-seen hysterical moments not included in the feature film such as a rundown of the benefits of the Cheese Touch, more gross, silly Fregley fun, and Rowley’s lost Zoo-Wee Mama cartoons.

Ages: 8-12. Runtime 92 minutes.

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