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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

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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.

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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.
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PG (for some rude humor and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family
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$64,001,297.00
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Cast

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
Alex Ferris
as Collin
Andrew McNee
as Coach Malone
Belita Moreno
as Mrs. Norton
Rob LaBelle
as Mr. Winsky
Nicholas Carey
as Pete Hosey
Samantha Page
as Shelly
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
Talon Dunbar
as Arthur
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 Stiles
as Preston
Rylee Styles
as Preston
Ryan Grantham
as Rodney James
Ethan Shankaruk
as Snot Kid
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
Benjamin D. Mitchell
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
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (29)

The young cast is all game, and sidekicks Robert Capron and Grayson Russell are a real hoot. Slumber party viewings are inevitable.

April 6, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Largely avoids the gimmicky saccharine aftertaste that's typical of the genre. Anyone older than the story's resident Job, however, may not find much to write home about.

Full Review… | March 24, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Too soon though -- maybe 30 minutes in -- audience laughs turn to chuckles, fading to worn smiles.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Looks drab and drained of color, and can't even muster the antic buoyancy of an average episode of iCarly.

March 19, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

The problem with Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the wimpy kid is a jerk.

Full Review… | March 19, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

What sets this kid comedy apart is how well it resists the temptation to clobber the bullies and crown the underdog.

March 19, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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
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

Please, no booger jokes, that's just disgusting and not funny. But seriously, this movie is pretty bad. Some books just don't translate well to screen. If you are looking for bad acting, unfunny jokes, and a boring plot, check this movie out.

Eric Shankle
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

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