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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)



Critic Consensus: Unlike its bestselling source material, Diary of a Wimpy Kid fails to place a likable protagonist at the center of its middle-school humor -- and its underlying message is drowned out as a result.

Movie Info

Meet the kid who made "wimpy" cool in a family comedy based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 24 million copies. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life: middle school.more
Rating: PG (for some rude humor and language)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2010
Box Office: $64.0M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Zachary Gordon
as Greg Heffley
Robert Capron
as Rowley Jefferson
Rachael Harris
as Susan Heffley
Steve Zahn
as Frank Heffley
Connor Fielding
as Manny Heffley
Owen Fielding
as Manny Heffley
Devon Bostick
as Rodrick Heffley
Karan Brar
as Chirag Gupta
Laine MacNeil
as Patty Farrell
Andrew McNee
as Coach Malone
Belita Moreno
as Mrs. Norton
Rob La Belle
as Mr. Winsky
Rob LaBelle
as Mr. Winsky
Nicholas Carey
as Pete Hosey
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Angie Steadman
Ava Hughes
as Marley
Owen Best
as Bryce Anderson
Cainan Wiebe
as Quentin
Cole Heppell
as Quentin's Sidekick
Harrison Houde
as Darren Walsh
Severin Korfer
as Dieter Muller
Jennifer Clement
as Mrs. Flint
Karin Konoval
as Mrs. Irvine
Raugi Yu
as Vice Principal Roy
Kaye Capron
as Rowley's Mom
Jake D. Smith
as Archie Kelly
Naomi Dane
as Cheese Girl
Willem Jacobson
as Cheese Boy
Sean Bygrave
as Coach Brewer
Maxine Miller
as Elderly Woman
Taya Clyne
as Granddaughter
Nathaniel Marten
as Grown-Up Greg
Peter New
as Grown-Up Quentin
Nikki Frazer
as Lunch Girl #1
Greta Gibson
as Lunch Girl #2
Nathan Smith
as Kindergarten Boy
Kina Mori McWatt
as Kindergarten Girl
Dylan Bell
as Kindergarten Greg
Madison Bell
as Kindergarten Patty
Adom Osei
as Marty Porter
Alf Humphreys
as Mr. Jefferson
Brent Chapman
as Mr. Parnell
Rylee Styles
as Preston
Rylee Stiles
as Preston
Ryan Grantham
as Rodney James
Jesse Wheeler
as Unpopular '80s Boy
Paul Hubbard
as Brock Branigan
Brett Dier
as '80s Breakdancer
Brandon Barton
as '80s Jock Boy
Cindy Busby
as '80s Popular Girl
Alicia Takase Lui
as Audition Kid
Tee Jay Sidhu
as Audition Kid
Tori Christianson
as Audition Kid
Emerald Schreier
as Audition Kid
Haris Cash
as Aduition Kid
Mariah Crudo
as Audition Kid
Aidan Gebert
as Löded Diper
Cameron Krpan
as Löded Diper
Paolo Tolfo
as Löded Diper
Alistair Abell
as Male Reporter
Tara McGuire
as Female Reporter
Alfred E. Humphreys
as Mr. Jefferson
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (29)

An imaginative family film featuring a tremendously mischievous and likable lead character.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Big Hollywood

...a bottom-of-the-barrel children's movie...

Full Review… | August 4, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

If you're a parent who's been forced to sit through a barren desert of painfully unfunny family comedies, Diary will feel like an oasis.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012

Zachary Gordon, as the wimpy kid of the title, seems to be aiming for a Ferris Buehler-esque omniscience and superiority and, while he doesn't quite pull it off all the way, I was down for his struggle.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

A very forgettable and easily missed comedy...

Full Review… | December 3, 2010
Cinema Crazed

The characters (through no fault of the young performers) have all the personality of hand puppets.

Full Review… | September 23, 2010

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid


I didnt get this movie. My daughter loved it. I just well It just annoyed the hell out of me.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This movie is so bright, amusing and sweet that it feels like only half an hour. It made me laugh real hard and I was surprised to see that it doesn't give in to easy stereotypes nor to cheap moral lessons, remaining mostly human, honest and pretty funny.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Adapted from the bestselling books, 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' hits all the right notes in something which utterly is for all of the family.

Starring the excellent Zachary Gordon in his first major role as the central protagonist Greg Heffley, 'Wimpy Kid' tells the story of a wimpy dork, who through the use of his diary, which he repeatedly tells people is a journal, tells us of his first days in middle school in the US.

Its witty and clever direction is impressive, especially when the crew are working with one of the three golden don'ts of cinema, children. All of the children act well, especially supporting best friend Robert Capron and older brother Devon Bostick. As well as wonderful, although short, performances from Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn, Thor Freudenthal brings together a nice set of characters.

The script and story itself is just a collection of stories in his first year at the school, but they are linked together nicely through the story of his friendship with embarrassing but lovely best friend Rowley.

For kids the film has plenty of gags, which parents will enjoy too. But the very nature of the film, and the fact that Greg Heffley is a child who believes he knows everything will appeal to parents and older kids, such a myself, as well. It's a mickey take, and the protagonist doesn't have to be liked or loved. Instead, as we walk with the character through his first year, we learn to love him.

The theme of the whole story isn't produced in a grand spectacle, but isn't done terribly either. It's nothing special on that front, but the cross-audience appeal and wide selection of funny moments, topped off with the book's style animation makes 'Wimpy Kid' an appealing, but unlikely treat.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Quotes

Greg Heffley: Let me get something straight. This is a journal, not a diary. When mom went to buy this thing, I clearly told her not to buy anything with the word diary on it.
– Submitted by Mike R (3 years ago)
Patty Farrell: Sing! Sing! SING!
– Submitted by Mike R (3 years ago)
Rowley Jefferson: Zoo-Wee-Mama!
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
Rowley Jefferson: My mom said to just be myself, and everyone would like me.
Greg Heffley: That would be good advice if you were somebody else.
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)

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