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Plot: School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Runtime: 94 mins Release Date: 02 Aug 2012
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Days is a Really Fun and Entertaining Movie! (by jfischerwork)
We saw the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dog Days movie" and my husband and I absolutely loved it. The Wimpy Kid movies are John Hughes style movies but focus on Jr. High School instead of High School. Believe me, Jr. High School was much more difficult to survive than high school.Jeff Kinney takes his story about a kid Greg Heffley trying to grow up and survive middle school, family dynamics, and relationships. This film, like the others, takes these experiences and makes them relatable and hilarious for anyone of any age.Although it is apparent that the cast is growing up, since this <more>
is the 3rd movie in the very popular series , I found that it really didn't matter because we relate to the issues and problems Greg is experiencing and not his physical presence. No one said anything about the Harry Potter kids getting older and the same holds for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I didn't find myself focused on the kids ages because you get lost in the laughs, and enjoyment of the film as the gags get bigger and funnier in this 3rd installment to the popular movie series. The kids are exactly at the place their supposed to be in real life - 14 years old. For us it added to the "realness" of the story and characters portrayed.I hope they make more of these films and continue on into High School, as these stories and films are truly honest and bonified entertainment for the whole family. They don't talk or play down to kids, they don't moralize, they don't try to get you to "see the light" as other family films do. If you allow yourself to lay back in the theater seat and let go of yourself for 94 minutes, you will be transported back to a time we can all relate to in our lives.Zachary Gordon is back, in excellent form, as the main character, Greg Heffley. This is a very complex character from Kinney's books and Zach Gordon deserves a lot of credit for continuing to carry these movies to new heights no pun intended-see the ride on the Revolation which gets up to 3-4 "G's" . It has actually been a lot of fun for our family, following him as he matures in character and life. He is blossoming into a really fine actor with a big future ahead of him. One of the best things about this new movie is the relationship between his character and his father played wonderfully by Steve Zahn. We get to follow a very "real" father/son relationship in this film with all their ups and downs and emotional discourse. This is a dose of "reality" for anyone and is definitely a must see for any dad who has sons or daughters and participated in the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Indian Guides, Indian Princess, or other father son/daughter activity. Brought back a lot of good memories for us.In this combination of the 3rd and 4th book - DWK: The Last Straw, and DWK: Dog Days, the film makes for an enjoyable roller-coaster ride in a comical "Summer" setting. The continued trials and tribulations of the main character - Greg Heffley, are made even more hilarious and complicated when Greg 1 fakes a job at a country club to appease his father, 2 goes on vacation with his best friends family, the Jeffersons, 3 tries to further a relationship with a girl- Holly Hills, 4 has to put up with constant aggravation from his older brother Rodrick, and 5 experiences communication and relationship issues with his dad. With all these intertwined story lines, this movie will have you in "stitches". The scenes at the country club with his brother Roderick are just plain hilarious and embarrassing fun! Not much ever seems to go well for Greg, even when his best intentions are at stake, which of course, makes for fun movie entertainment. If you like honest, wholesome, non-animated, non-CG 3D movies, then this ones a hit! For you critical people out there - this movie is not intended to be "Gone with the Wind", just good old fashioned film entertainment for the whole family, that will sweep you away from the problems of today for a moment in time. Sisters will relate, brothers will relate, and mom's and dad's will get "teary eyed" over the in's and out's of Greg's turbulent and very "real" relationship portrayed with his dad.If you want to laugh out loud, if you want just great movie entertainment with a connected and wonderful cast, especially the lead character, Zach Gordon, then go see this, must see, movie! You won't be disappointed!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days....a very funny and enjoyable movie! (by sportingbiz)
We went to go see the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie-Dog Days and were pleasantly surprised as to how funny and entertaining it was. This is a really good movie for anyone who likes to laugh. You can't help but love this film because it will touch you on so many levels.A very relatable story about growing up and family dynamics...this film hit home in so many areas for my husband and I. The actor who played the main character Greg in the movie- Zach Gordon -was just wonderful, and so believable. He has a bright future in Hollywood. It was hard not to root for him. Steve Zahn who played <more>
Greg's dad was great also and so was Devon Bostik as Greg's older and tormenting brother. There hasn't been a good, solid, fun movie like this one in a long time.This movie isn't just for kids. No matter how old you are you can't help but enjoy this movie. I really recommend that if you like good, fun film entertainment, without all the $200,000,000.00 dollar special effects,hands down,this is, definitely, the "go to movie"!
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days stars Greg Heffley, a middle schooler who is just trying to have a fun summer, however his Summer plans are different than most others, playing video games all day. Things get complicated when his dad disagrees, a dog comes into the family, and all sorts of trouble breaks loose.When I first saw Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, I was very impressed, the film was great and it seemed like nothing could beat the sequel, it was much better than the first film. But when I saw Dog Days in the theaters I was amazed, it might have even been better. Loads of times the <more>
audience in the theater was cracking up due to some hilarious jokes. The actors did a great job, it's obvious Zachary and Robert have grown skill when it comes to acting, as they are able to deliver their lines well. The dad was probably my favorite character, his hilarious reactions and timing is just hilarious.The entire movie flowed well, no moments felt dry, and that can be a big problem with some movies today. There will be spaces that just feel empty and leave you to wait 5 minutes for something to happen. But the 2 Wimpy Kid sequels don't have that problem, they always leave something going on. Now, from what I understand some people have called this movie to be too "Childish". I really don't find that true, sure, the books are aimed a little more for kids, as well as the movies. But adults can find the movie just as enjoyable. Many adults in the theaters were laughing along with the kids.Overall, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is a great, fun, enjoyable film for the family. I can't wait to see what the studio is going to do next!
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid never fails to amuse me. It is not often that you find a kid-oriented movie starring a kid very entertaining. The humor is very clean yet its quite hilarious. and to top it all off, the movie is filled with lessons about school, growing up, friends, the family and so much more.Im very sure the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise will continue to launch the movies on short intervals considering that the actors are growing old fast and the age appropriation of the characters will not match that of the book.The characters especially Greg are still relatable and believable. <more>
Their acting skills have remarkably improved since the 1st movie. Never thought it gets better every time. Looking forward to more sequels! Must watch for every family. No dull moment and beautifully done. 9/10
Amazing fact for such movies: that usually with each part they get worse. BUT THIS FILM IS NOT THE CASE. New interesting story, new adventures, new tests of strength. This film has not lost its charm. Highly recommend! It is recommended to look from the first part.
A Nutshell Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (by DICK STEEL)
This is one franchise that continues to tickle my funny bone, without trying too hard. The third in the film series, I hope that it continues to tap onto the series of books by Jeff Kinney - seven in total as of now - before the principal cast members get fully grown up and aren't kids any more. For those who have yet to experience this simple, yet effective kids comedy, perhaps it is time to jump right in, and experience just what the appeal is.The story leaves school for a bit, and is set during summer vacation, where every kid has plans of their own which may, and most likely, differ <more>
from their parents' expectations on how best to spend time. For Greg Zachary Gordon the main protagonist, it means a summer that's filled with endless computer gaming, which dad Frank Steve Zahn completely disapproves of, preferring that he hit the big outdoors in wilderness camp, or to take up a job somewhere to build some sense of responsibility. Then there is his crush Holly Peyton List , who spends her time coaching junior tennis at a country club, with the only way in is as a guest of his best friend Rowley Jefferson Robert Capron , although Rowley's family, especially his dad Alf Humphreys , isn't really too fond of the friend of their son. And to add to that, Greg's brother Rodrick Devon Bostick threatens to expose Greg's cover for visiting the country club unless he gets invited himself to enjoy the facilities and to gawk at Holly's sister Heather Melissa Roxburgh , and a new canine addition to the family.Dog Days is pretty loaded, but these little episodes all shine in their own right, and made the entire film work. Directed by David Bowyers, who was also at the helm of the previous film, Dog Days the film taps from scenes in both The Last Straw and Dog Days books and is set primarily during vacation, which means a little bit of a pity when we don't get to see the other zany supporting characters that much, especially Greg's other schoolmates who are off to do their own thing, sporadically appearing only if they happen to be attending the same event from wilderness camp, to a book reading club started by Greg's mom. The focus gets centered mostly on family, be it Greg's or Rowley's, and takes a closer look at the father-son relationship in Greg and Frank, with the spectre of boarding school looming on the horizon should Frank decide to let someone else play the responsible role of bringing up useful folks to society.While some may opine that Dog Days doesn't offer too much as compared to the previous Wimpy Kid films, I thought that formed part of its strength in having the cast being already so comfortable and familiar in their role, there's really no need to have them doing something too spectacular for the sake of. I mean, it's like friends hanging out, where one can have a good time all due to the presence of the other, and that's sufficient. But there's danger at being just sufficient, because familiarity may breed complacency, although the source material should be rich enough, or perhaps like this one having two books fuel a single film, for another film outing. At least it's not artificially expanded with the filmmaker's own imagination to stuff another film for additional box office revenue.With nary a swear word nor embarrassing scenes which you have to explain to your kids thereafter, Diary of the Wimpy Kid continues to be a family and kid friendly outing that grows on you. It's funny without the reliance of the more adult comedy route of having to continuously swear or rely on nudity or slapstick to draw out laughter. Bring a kid to the screening, and I'm pretty sure they'll be entertained and tickled pink.
Greg is the middle child of a normal middle class American family - just entering his teens, he has a bullying older brother, a younger brother barely out of toddlerhood, a mother stretched three ways and a Dad for whom he can do no right. He also has a chubby best friend Rowley, and longings for pretty Holly. Things often go wrong for him for a variety of reasons some self-inflicted, some not , and the events of this film centre around summer vacation, where attendance at the local country club where Greg is not a member but Rowley and Holly are would improve his summer greatly.I have not <more>
seen either of the two previous films, nor have I read the books on which they are based: I came to this film absolutely cold.And I really enjoyed it. Some of the events are a tad improbable, and would easily be solved by saying something sensible at an opportune moment, but this minor caveat was not enough to spoil it. Zachary Gordon makes a very likable Greg, Steve Zahn is excellent as a conflicted and imperfect Dad, and Peyton List Holly is going to be stunning in a few years. There are a lot of warm chuckles in this film - the parents in the audience laughed knowingly quite often. I must now look out the two previous movies.
The third installment in this family comedy about life in middle school is just as good as the others. This time, instead of tracing over the events of a lame school year, Dog Days shows us the main character's lackluster and awkward summer.Greg is an average, middle class, self involved 12 year old, and decides that the perfect way to spend his summer is playing as many video games as possible, and also somehow to get the girl of his dreams to fall madly in love with his skills. However, things go haywire when his father decides to ban video games and TV all summer, trying to convince <more>
his 21st century kids to to be more physically active, like the republicans across the street. So, out of boredom, Greg ends up doing many dumb and ill thought out things that result in awkward and pretty hilarious situations.The regular cast of characters take more of a reduced roll in this movie, which makes their appearances funnier and more welcome than in the previous movies. Even Greg's older brother, the lazy, conniving teenager who is the drummer for a crappy metal band, is not as prevalent as he used to be. But Devon Bostick does wonders with the Rodrick character, especially at the end during an ill fated performance. Zachary Gordon plays the main character, and he does a good job of essentially being every trouble making pre teen that is completely annoyed at his comfortable existence. Steve Zahn has an expanded role as the dopey, eccentric father who tries in vain to have his adolescent sons not act like adolescent sons.The movie is of course geared to a younger audience, and there are some jokes that seem contrived and lazy. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid trilogy is certainly far from ambitious, but that's part of the appeal. The series, this film included, get a lot right about being a suburban middle class kid in the 21st century, and not to mention the fact that the movie is just funny, plain and simple.thatguythatlikesmovies.blogspot.com