Me and My Nine Iron

August 20, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 3:47 pm

The fun kids franchise for adults came out with its third installment, and this one was by far the weakest in laughs and story structure. Rowley wasn’t nearly as funny, and Steve Zahn had a bigger role in this father-son story. While the moral direction and sentiments were nice, it was much heavier than the first two and also sacrificed a lot of humor in the process.

From Rotten Tomatoes, “Overly familiar and a bit too reliant on slapstick, the sitcom-like Dog Days fails to improve upon previous installments and will likely appeal to few outside its target audience.”

Alas, it was only slightly amusing and too episodic; they went on random trips, taking a break from the central story that was Greg trying to hook up with Holly, that were neither funny nor what I wanted to see. And now you have Zachary Gordon going through that awkward pubescent phase and Peyton List, who had a bigger role, strutting around in her bright-colored lip gloss. Their quickness in growing up is the reason why the third (The Last Straw) and fourth (Dog Days) books were combined in this one.

While the next book in the series is still being considered to be adapted, Gordon’s next feature is the star-studded The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, alongside Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde and many others. Dog Days is only for previous fans, but if you haven’t watched the first two, it’s still a great series.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 5.8
What it should be: 6.3




1 Comment »

  1. Very compelling, once you start you cant stop

    Comment by Kenneth Percell — August 24, 2012 @ 5:53 pm | Reply

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