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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)



Critic Consensus: Unlike its bestselling source material, Diary of a Wimpy Kid fails to place a likable protagonist at the center of its middle-school humor -- and its underlying message is drowned out as a result.

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Meet the kid who made "wimpy" cool in a family comedy based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 24 million copies. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking pre-teen Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone's life: middle school.

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Zachary Gordon
as Greg Heffley
Robert Capron
as Rowley Jefferson
Rachael Harris
as Susan Heffley
Steve Zahn
as Frank Heffley
Connor Fielding
as Manny Heffley
Owen Fielding
as Manny Heffley
Devon Bostick
as Rodrick Heffley
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Angie Steadman
Karan Brar
as Chirag Gupta
Laine MacNeil
as Patty Farrell
Andrew McNee
as Coach Malone
Belita Moreno
as Mrs. Norton
Rob LaBelle
as Mr. Winsky
Nicholas Carey
as Pete Hosey
Ava Hughes
as Marley
Owen Best
as Bryce Anderson
Cainan Wiebe
as Quentin
Cole Heppell
as Quentin's Sidekick
Harrison Houde
as Darren Walsh
Severin Korfer
as Dieter Muller
Jennifer Clement
as Mrs. Flint
Karin Konoval
as Mrs. Irvine
Raugi Yu
as Vice Principal Roy
Kaye Capron
as Rowley's Mom
Jake D. Smith
as Archie Kelly
Naomi Dane
as Cheese Girl
Willem Jacobson
as Cheese Boy
Sean Bygrave
as Coach Brewer
Maxine Miller
as Elderly Woman
Taya Clyne
as Granddaughter
Nathaniel Marten
as Grown-Up Greg
Peter New
as Grown-Up Quentin
Nikki Frazer
as Lunch Girl #1
Greta Gibson
as Lunch Girl #2
Nathan Smith
as Kindergarten Boy
Kina Mori McWatt
as Kindergarten Girl
Dylan Bell
as Kindergarten Greg
Madison Bell
as Kindergarten Patty
Adom Osei
as Marty Porter
Alf Humphreys
as Mr. Jefferson
Brent Chapman
as Mr. Parnell
Rylee Styles
as Preston
Rylee Stiles
as Preston
Ryan Grantham
as Rodney James
Jesse Wheeler
as Unpopular '80s Boy
Paul Hubbard
as Brock Branigan
Brett Dier
as '80s Breakdancer
Brandon Barton
as '80s Jock Boy
Cindy Busby
as '80s Popular Girl
Alicia Takase Lui
as Audition Kid
Tee Jay Sidhu
as Audition Kid
Tori Christianson
as Audition Kid
Emerald Schreier
as Audition Kid
Haris Cash
as Aduition Kid
Mariah Crudo
as Audition Kid
Aidan Gebert
as Löded Diper
Cameron Krpan
as Löded Diper
Paolo Tolfo
as Löded Diper
Alistair Abell
as Male Reporter
Tara McGuire
as Female Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (35)

Conveys, in a good-humoured, sharply observed way, the small, painful cruelties and unpredictable rules of early adolescence, and it celebrates awkwardness without feeling the need to convert it into cheap triumph.

September 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film retains much of the original humour, some of it well executed. It's reasonably faithful to the spirit of the books, probably because Kinney is the executive producer, but it's by no means equal to his originals.

September 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Perceptive, funny, unusually edgy voyage into the comic travails of schoolyard politics and childhood friendship.

September 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

[A] sappy and superficial adaptation...

September 1, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

One for the kids, if they're really misbehaving.

August 27, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's an interesting idea, deserving of a more interesting treatment, but this is just dopey and patronising.

August 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Out of all teen films dealing with a new school, this is definitely the best to me. I haven't read the source material that his film was based on, but I'm sure it does a good job at following the series of books. This is a perfect film to show a kid who is now going into middle school, and the kids in this film all do great jobs at acting in this, and all of them are genuinely funny. The way how they use the cartoon drawings and animate them is very cool to watch and very interesting to look at. To me the best thing about this whole movie aside from the main actor and storytelling, is the music. The music for this film was picked perfectly, Beasty Boys Intergalactic for the Mother Son dance scene is very funny to watch, and very goofy to watch, but the best song in the movie is the ending credits song, "What Do You Want From Me" by Forever the Sickest Kids, its very energetic, well played by the group, and is very catchy to listen to.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

This movie is so bright, amusing and sweet that it feels like only half an hour. It made me laugh real hard and I was surprised to see that it doesn't give in to easy stereotypes nor to cheap moral lessons, remaining mostly human, honest and pretty funny.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Adapted from the bestselling books, 'Diary Of A Wimpy Kid' hits all the right notes in something which utterly is for all of the family. Starring the excellent Zachary Gordon in his first major role as the central protagonist Greg Heffley, 'Wimpy Kid' tells the story of a wimpy dork, who through the use of his diary, which he repeatedly tells people is a journal, tells us of his first days in middle school in the US. Its witty and clever direction is impressive, especially when the crew are working with one of the three golden don'ts of cinema, children. All of the children act well, especially supporting best friend Robert Capron and older brother Devon Bostick. As well as wonderful, although short, performances from Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn, Thor Freudenthal brings together a nice set of characters. The script and story itself is just a collection of stories in his first year at the school, but they are linked together nicely through the story of his friendship with embarrassing but lovely best friend Rowley. For kids the film has plenty of gags, which parents will enjoy too. But the very nature of the film, and the fact that Greg Heffley is a child who believes he knows everything will appeal to parents and older kids, such a myself, as well. It's a mickey take, and the protagonist doesn't have to be liked or loved. Instead, as we walk with the character through his first year, we learn to love him. The theme of the whole story isn't produced in a grand spectacle, but isn't done terribly either. It's nothing special on that front, but the cross-audience appeal and wide selection of funny moments, topped off with the book's style animation makes 'Wimpy Kid' an appealing, but unlikely treat.

Adam Kelly
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

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