Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is not just for kids

Earlier this week the kids and I attended a screener of the third movie in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Dog Days. I’ll admit, although my kids own the other movies on DVD I had never seen them.  My teen read all the books when she was younger and then passed them down to my now 10 year old.  I have even read some of the books to my daughter along with my 6 year old son as bedtime stories just never taken the time to see the movies.  Until this one…

Director: David Bowers
based upon the book by Jeff Kinney
Producers: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron, and Steve Zahn

During his summer vacation, “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley, the hero of the phenomenally successful book series, hatches a plan to pretend he has a job at a ritzy country club – which fails to keep him away from the season’s dog days, including embarrassing mishaps at a public pool and a camping trip that goes horribly wrong.

I attended the screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days because all three of my children were looking forward to seeing it.  When it first started out I thought it was just going to be another cheesy kid movie that I would only enjoy because they were.  My teen even thought she had probably outgrew the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by now and was pleasantly surprised a teen could actually enjoy Dog Days.  I actually laughed so hard during this movie in a couple of parts that I had tears in my eyes.  I’m not even kidding.  I was so surprised that I walked out of the theater agreeing with my kids that I would purchase it on DVD when it came out.

Not only was the movie funny but it taught some good lessons.  The main character, Greg, tries to have the perfect summer which for him consists of playing video games all day and trying to figure out a way to hang out with his girl crush.  Unfortunately for him, his father doesn’t see eye to eye with his plans and disconnects the TV to force him out of the house.  His elaborate plan to pretend he has a job at the country club in order to buy some time away from home back fires.  Without giving too much away I’ll just say the test of friendships, crushes, honesty and relationships between kids and parents are played out during this film.

I recommend taking the family to see this summer flick.

Full Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to take my kids to a complimentary screener for purpose of my review.

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