My kids were super excited for the latest installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, the movies based on the book series by Jeff Kinney. The popularity craving Greg Heffley, (played by Jason Drucker who is replacing Zachary Gordon), being a child who is prone to shenanigans and hijinks and unbelievable self inflicted misfortune, starts off the movie with a disaster that makes him a viral sensation. Not exactly the fame he was hoping for. In a half baked plan to redeem himself and earn back some cool points (though I'm not certain he had many to begin with) he decides that while being forced to go on a road trip with his parents (who are now played by Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott) to attend his great grandmothers 90th birthday he'll plan a secret visit to a video game convention where he will get on a video with a gaming star and all will be right with the world again. In true Diary of a Wimpy Kid form misadventures and antics ensue and all of this culminates with the expected but maybe not too traditional "Happy Ending".
Parents and kids can expect the the same tween style "fart and poop" humor you've come to know and love. I'll be honest though, being that this is the fourth movie in I expected to have a much harder time adjusting to the new actors. As a parent some of the shtick is a bit annoying and over the top BUT for a kid from 6 to 15 it's a hit. Overall it's a fun family film with a good moral buried under child sized raunchy humor.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL
Release: May 19, 2017
Director: David Bowers
Producers: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson
Cast: Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone
In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course--thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous
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