Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Review

Review of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Review of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid

In 2012, it seemed as if the Wimpy Kid film series had seen its last day on the big screen with Dog Days, but as it turns out, that wasn’t the case. Now, the Heffley family makes their triumphant return to the big screen with a whole new cast that brings a fresh look to the franchise. 

Director David Bowers returns to direct the fourth film the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, now playing in theaters. The only thing different this time around is the new cast of actors. Jason Ducker has now taken over the role of Greg (previously played by Zachary Gordon), and he does a terrific job making the character his own while embodying Gordon’s portrayal. Charlie Wright takes on the role of Rodrick, Greg’s wannabe rockstar brother. While actor Wright is funny and a born comedian, it felt like the film made the character dumber than the original franchise. Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott pick up the mantle of the Heffley parents (previously played by Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn). 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Picking up some time after Dog Days, this film now has the Heffley family going on a cross-country roadtrip to celebrate their grandma's 90th birthday. However, Greg and Rodrick plan to use this trip to sneak off to a video game convention.

The film highlights the addiction to technology that plagues today’s youth when Greg and Rodrick’s mom insists that the trip be “technology-free” and the boys go crazy. Even the dad doesn’t like the imposed rule and acts childishly by sneaking around to answer calls. 

The gags in the film are still laugh-out-loud hilarious, and the subplot about kids learning to see their parents as humans is part of what gives this film charm. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid films have never struggled to replicate the authenticity and emotions as the books. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul succeeds at being a decent adaptation fans of the books will enjoy. 

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