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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Review Critics


Dave White Profile

One hit and one miss. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Surprisingly strong. Read full review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This time, tedium sets in early and never loosens its grip. The gags are obvious, predictable and dull.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Nothing is new, which is a problem. Nothing is particularly funny or endearing, which is a worse problem.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    I didn't laugh much, nor did my 10-year-old companions, but nobody had their soul crushed by the experience. This is the film industry's Hippocratic oath: First, crush no souls.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Leave it to a wimpy kid to show Hollywood how to make a family movie with live people in it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

More of Greg's humorous antics; fun for series fans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (based on the hugely popular series of books by Jeff Kinney) continues the misadventures of Greg, a middle-school kid who tries a little too hard to be popular. There's less scatological humor this time around (except for some bird poop), but there is a scene in which Greg's older brother, Rodrick, throws a wild party while his parents are out; teens drink from anonymous red cups and act crazy, though there's no real mention or implication of alcohol. Other scenes include some shouting, threatening, and bullying, as well as a brief fight. Characters also toss around middle-school insults like "jerk," "loser," and "butt brain." Fans of the original movie will find more to enjoy here, although there's less Rowley in this installment.

  • Families can talk about Greg's continued attempts to be popular. Why is being popular so important to him? Is that something that matters to you? What actually makes a person cool and/or popular?
  • Is Rodrick a good role model for Greg? Are Rodrick's "rules" helpful? Why or why not?
  • Is Greg bullied in this movie? Is he justified in feeling picked on?
  • Fans of the books: How does the movie compare? Which characters were different or new? Did you like the changes?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Despite his ongoing attempts to become popular with his peers (each and every one of which backfires), Greg learns important lessons about being himself and sacrificing his self-respect for someone else's best interests -- in this case, his older brother, Rodrick. The siblings find a way to bond with each other this time around ... although their bond springs from their mutual need to cover up some bad behavior.

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    Role models: In the previous movie, Rowley was a positive role model in that he was confident enough to be himself and became popular as a result. Here he's more of a supporting character to the misguided Greg and to Greg's mean older brother, Rodrick. The brothers begin to bond for an iffy reason, but eventually they learn to truly stick together, and Greg learns that being yourself can bring unexpected rewards.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Some bullying and threatening. Rodrick picks on Greg mercilessly, and in one scene, they physically start to brawl; Greg jumps on Rodrick, and they both fall to the floor, struggling.

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    Sex: Some minor flirting, as Greg develops a crush on the pretty new girl in school.

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    Language: Frequently used insults include "jerk," "lame," "loser," "fart," "doofus" and "butt brain." Also "oh my God."

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    Consumerism: The kids in this movie seem to eat a lot of junk food, but for the most part, brands are effectively disguised or parodied. A bottle of "Cola" is visible in one scene, and it looks like it might be "Coca-Cola," but it's not for certain. "Cheese Curls" are visible, and a "Twix" candy bar is seen more than once.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Rodrick throws a wild party, and teens are seen drinking from red cups, the contents of which are unknown. No mention or suggestion of alcohol is ever made, but in that context, some viewers could infer that that's what's in the cups. In one scene, Rowley lip-syncs to Ke$ha's "Tik Tok," which includes lyrics about drinking and partying.