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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

During his summer vacation, "Wimpy Kid" Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club - which fails to keep him away from the season's dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. -- (C) 20th Century Foxmore
Rating: PG (for some rude humor)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 18, 2012
Box Office: $49.0M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Zachary Gordon
as Greg Heffley
Robert Capron
as Rowley Jefferson
Devon Bostick
as Rodrick Heffley
Steve Zahn
as Frank Heffley
Rachael Harris
as Susan Heffley

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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (22)

A solid family-friendly film that embraces its quirky characters and their mischievous adventures.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

With "Dog Days" and its been-there, done-that screenplay, the franchise takes a step backward.

Full Review… | December 29, 2012
Movie Metropolis

With their recurring characters and suburban Anytown USA setting, these films represent a throwback to the assembly-line days of 'Andy Hardy' and 'Blondie' movies: They lack surprise but not laughs.

Full Review… | December 22, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

More efforts not to be wimpy.

Full Review… | December 10, 2012
Time to Play Magazine

Dog Days doesn't have the emotional pull of the last installment in the franchise, but it's still a vast improvement over the irritating series opener.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This third adventure holds up nicely with its breezy comic energy and kid-friendly messages about respecting people you allegedly care about.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Not so wimpy after all!

Good movie! This film is the third film in this popular series and is based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, which are written by Jeff Kinney. The entire movie flowed well, no moments felt dry, and that can be a big problem with some movies today. 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!

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?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

During the summer Greg joins a country club to get close to a girl.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" is the third installment in this fantastic series of family movies. This time around the kids are on Summer break before the 8th grade and anything that can go wrong, does. All Greg wants to do is play video games, but his Dad wants him to get out of the house more. So, Greg uses Rowley's country club membership to get to know a girl, while lying to his Dad saying he has a job. That is the jest of it, anymore and it may ruin some of the plot details. This isn't the best of the three, but it's still a great entry. The humor is dead on, and all the performances are great. Steve Zahn has a much bigger role here, which is good because Zahn is always great. Also, this movie features the greatest cover of Justin Beiber's song "Baby", it has to be seen to believe. I wouldn't say this series gets better and better, but it's still entertaining and funny, which matters most. Perfect family movie for kids and adults. My wife and I went on a little date(our kid is too young to go to the movies yet), and we loved it and laughed more than most the kids in the theater. Probably not a must see, but definitely worth a watch or two.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Quotes

Greg Heffley: Wait a minute, this isn't camping.
– Submitted by Baurushan J (3 years ago)
Frank Heffley: You're a phoney, you're a fake!
– Submitted by Baurushan J (3 years ago)
Rowley Jefferson: I've never actually played tennis before...
Greg Heffley: We've played Ultimate Tennis on the Wii. It's basically the same thing.
– Submitted by Gavin K (3 years ago)
Rodrick Heffley: Loaded diaper, activate.
– Submitted by Kate K (3 years ago)

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