Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (2011)
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as Greg Heffley
as Rodrick Heffley
as Susan Heffley
as Rowley Jefferson
as Frank Heffley
as Chirag Gupta
as Patty Farrell
as Holly Hillis
as Holly Hillis
as Holly's Dad
Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
Most of the kids continue to irritate and, for a comedy aimed at youngsters, the laughs are woefully scarce.
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.
The physical comedy will have the typical 10-year-old and some grown-ups cackling with glee.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
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.
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.
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.
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