for some rude humor
Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron
20th Century Fox
Release Date/In Theaters
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Movie Summary
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid continues as Greg gets into trouble at his summer job at the country club.
Like most middle school students, Greg thinks that school is the dumbest idea ever invented by grownups. The truth is that Greg Heffley just cannot figure it out. His social skills are not the greatest and he often finds himself the object of wedgies, swirlies, bullying and banishment to the cafeteria floor. Greg has a difficult time surviving the daily struggles of middle school life. He wants to achieve a greater social status and to get what he knows that he really deserves. Greg devises a plot to get the recognition that he deserves. Of course, his plans soon go awry and do not work as planned. He writes it all down in a “diary”, which he prefers to call by a more sophisticated term, a “journal”. The journal is filled with his deepest secrets, as well as his many family and school yard trials and tribulations. Gregory concludes that one day when he is famous, he will have better things to do than to answer stupid people’s questions. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days movie sounds innocent enough, but let this family movie review tell you the truth.
This coming of age movie has several themes that many middle school students will find familiar. The most disturbing theme is that Greg is the target of bullying and demeaning by his classmates. This is presented in a humorous way, making people laugh at Greg and the things that are done to him. Bullying is portrayed as funny and the victim is portrayed as deserving of this behavior because he is different. This family movie review cannot support sending the message that bullying is OK through a movie designed for kids at this very sensitive age,
The second disturbing theme in this movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, is that it places a high importance on achieving social status. It does not emphasize achieving self-worth and self-esteem. The main character will go to great lengths to achieve higher social status, thus avoiding being a target of the bullies. Yes, kids will be able to relate to this character, but we have to ask ourselves as parents if this is the message that we really want to send.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was rated PG for rude humor and language. This content was not as disturbing as the central themes and values that this movie teaches. It is an excellent coming of age film and the characters are ones that everyone can relate to in some way, possibly even lived themselves. However, its treatment of some very sensitive topics leaves it questionable as a family film. It is entertaining and funny, but this family film review has to ask if we should really be laughing at what happens to Greg. What do you think about the theme of bullying in this movie? Let us know at the Parental Guide facebook page. We would love to hear your opinions.
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