Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

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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.

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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 Fox
Rating:
PG (for some rude humor)
Genre:
Comedy , Kids & Family
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Cast

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

Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (22)

Viewers enduring early adolescence or those grappling with its psychic scars will recognize the honesty in the comic humiliation.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Though often self-centered and conniving, Greg remains a likable kid, and the movie entertains by pulling off over-the-top scenarios that set up digestible life lessons for youngsters.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Released right when summer starts to drag, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days at least doesn't add to the exhaustion.

Full Review… | August 3, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Old-fashioned and small in scale, the movies sometimes feel like after-school specials from a bygone era, which is part of what makes them so endearing.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Newsday
Top Critic

I'd call "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" harmless if it weren't for some totally unnecessary gay-panic jokes that could actually encourage bullying.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Spending time with Kinney's characters has become an annual treat.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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

Candy Rose
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

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