Review – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules

Kids in 2011 grow up way too fast. My jaw has spent too much time on the floor listening to kids who haven’t hit double digits give a detailed explanation of the human reproductive system while dropping the ‘c-bomb’ to further destroy any concept of a childhood. At what point does a kid stop being a kid? According to my collection of Lego and Star Wars figurines it never really stops, but some people manage to completely murder their inner child. A friend of mine that’s a teacher had a theory that around year eight most kids become ‘street smart’ and prior to this students in year seven were still babies caught in that awkward phase between being a kid and the volcano of emotion that comes with being a teenager. It’s the last chance to have some good clean fun before things start to get moody and ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Roderick Rules’ captures that awkward phase in style. ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules’ is the sequel to ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ and follows the misadventures of Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) as he deals with life in the ‘7th Grade’ and his crazy family that includes his brother Roderick (Devon Bostick) who is set on making life hell. ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules’ is a family comedy that’s full of laughs, great characters and sharp direction despite being a tad repetitive.

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules’ doesn’t hold back in bringing the laughs and there are great laugh out loud moments that put this film above stock standard kids flicks. The humour plays just as well to kids as adults and shows the films mark of respect for its audience as well as its ability to embrace the fun of being a kid without having to resort to gimmicks or gross out humour. Credit must go to director David Bowers (Flushed Away, Astro Boy) for providing sharp direction that feels like a kiddie version of an Edgar Wright film with lots of jumps cuts, quick camera moves and montages. The characters that inhabit the ‘Wimpy Kid’ world are great with some you might even recognise from your own childhood; nerdy best friends, an idiot older brother, school crushes and oddball parents, feel the memories come flooding back. They are all well written and brought to life by a nice ensemble cast of mostly unknowns which is a nice change from the Disney crop of kid actors. The faults are only minor with a simple plot that becomes repetitive as the main characters stumble from one awkward situation to the next.

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules’ is a great family film and there is not a talking animated animal in sight. Don’t underestimate this movie, it puts most Hollywood adult comedies to shame and it does it with ease.


The Popcorn Junkie