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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)

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Critic Consensus: Moderately witty and acceptably acted, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 isn't much worse than the first installment.

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In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made "wimpy" cool is back in an all-new family comedy based on the best-selling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother - and chief tormentor - Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. -- (C) Fox

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Cast

Zachary Gordon
as Greg Heffley
Devon Bostick
as Rodrick Heffley
Rachael Harris
as Susan Heffley
Robert Capron
as Rowley Jefferson
Steve Zahn
as Frank Heffley
Karan Brar
as Chirag Gupta
Laine MacNeil
as Patty Farrell
Peyton List (II)
as Holly Hillis
Jeff Kinney
as Holly's Dad
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (27)

Most of the kids continue to irritate and, for a comedy aimed at youngsters, the laughs are woefully scarce.

Full Review… | May 25, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series might more aptly be titled Diary of a Wimpy Family.. The film sequel is more engaging than the original was because it spends more time at home.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The physical comedy will have the typical 10-year-old and some grown-ups cackling with glee.

March 25, 2011
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

As portrayed by Zachary Gordon, Greg lacks ... charm and spontaneity ... No real sparks of mischievousness or bone-deep embarrassment or endearing flush of affection light this kid up.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
MSN Movies
Top Critic

The problem doesn't really lie in the acting but in the writing. There's too much effort expended on making the kids cute and cuddly, instead of plausible.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Washington Post
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Seventh-graders are far cooler and more anarchic than depicted in this often-dopey movie, which is aimed at more of a fourth-grade sensibility.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

½

A nice sequel that is quite funny and amusing almost in the same level of the adorable first movie, with its own share of good moments even though it did not make me laugh as hard as that one.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

It lacks some of the wittiness and style of the first feature, but 'Rodrick Rules' is a more adult affair, more sophisticated, more substance, and just as entertaining. Focusing this time on the relationship between main kid Greg Heffley, played wonderfully like the first, by Zachary Gordon, and his older brother Rodrick, played exceptionally by Devon Bostick, the two brothers begin to bond despite their differences. And straight out of the starting gate the film takes the path of a more adult, and a certainly more impressive motion picture. For adults and older kids. However, for younger children, the main focus of the audience, it dawdles and loses much of the slapstick and gag centred comedy of the first. The cast however do not let down, with excellent performances from Zachary Gordon and especially Devon Bostick, who really shines throughout the ninety minutes. Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris, as the parents again, make short but as usual great addition to the film. The story is interesting enough, with many different parts and sketches throughout. But it still keeps a certain more linear style of sophistication with its choice of storytelling and narrative this time round. But that sophistication does bear the risk of alienating its original half term style audience. It probably does, in certain sections, but overall, maintains a good balance between the more classier comedy and the slapstick and gags of the first, creating a fun, and definitely all round piece of family film.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

½

Not as funny as the first movie, but just as entertaining. These movies are fantastic and remind me a lot of older family comedies. I have 2 little brothers and I treated my middle one, Justin, just like Rodick treats Greg. Brings back fond memories of torture. Each character in the movie is very entertaining and will remind you of someone you knew when you were younger. How can you not like Rowley? Or not known someone just like him? This movie builds off the first one and helps to really move the series along for, future movies. If you haven't checked out either "Wimpy Kid" movies, you should do yourself a favor and watch them.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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