Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010)

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Poster design by 20th Century Fox Domestic Theatrical Creative Advertising (with thanks to IMP Awards)

If like me, you’re old enough to remember the late 80’s and the early 90’s then you’ll remember a certain TV program that we have all grow up with – The Wonder Years. Diary of a Wimpy Kid kind of reminds me of exactly that and made me remember the times I used to sit back and watch The Wonder Years.

Based on a book and the first book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, it will get you thinking about how you spend your childhood days in school.

Actors/ Characters

The key character is Greg Heffley aka “The Wimpy Kid” played by Zachary Gordon and his best friend Rowley Jefferson played by Robert Capron. The supporting cast include Angie (Chloe Grace Moretz) who guides them through school life and Rodrick (Devon Bostick) the annoying older brother of Greg who’s there to make like as difficult as possible for his younger brother.

Plot

As I’ve already mentioned my similarities with The Wonder Years, it’s about the trials and tribulations of your first year in school. It’s about the pains and pleasures of growing up amongst new surroundings i.e. school.

Greg and Rowley are about to start middle school, and in Greg’s bid for popularity, he wonder’s how his friend Rowley will fit into school, with his un-cool almost geeky way of life.

Rowley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Image courtesy of IGN Movies

As school starts, it becomes evident that it almost becomes a quest for Greg to be at the top of the popularity pyramid to make school life as comfortable as possible and along the way they meet Angie, who is quite mature for her age and teaches them how best to survive the school year. However, Greg being the super confident person he is thinks he doesn’t need Angie’s help and can climb the popularity ladder himself.

The plot revolves around Greg’s attempts to get in the class yearbook, reserved for the popular people, but every attempt of his fails miserably whereas the more down-to-earth Rowley sees him become more and more popular much to the confusion of Greg which could well cost them their friendship.

Another plot intertwined with their lives is the story of the mouldy cheese in the courtyard that no one will touch with fear of contracting The Cheese Touch, and you will become a social outcast forever unless you can pass on The Cheese Touch to someone else, so the mouldy cheese remains there forever on the courtyard.

Rowley, Greg and Angie in Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Image courtesy of IGN Movies

Could this piece of mouldy cheese actually save the day? Wait and watch!

Verdict

A great little film if you ask me. It’s great for kids and adults alike, and it definitely got me thinking about my yesteryears and about making the transitions from one school to another, the friends you make along the way and all the things you actually did to get through school life. So when a film makes you reflect on your life, how can it be a bad film? It’s definitely worth a watch.

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