Box art for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

children & family, comedy


Greg Heffley, the kid who made wimpy cool, is back in this sidesplitting sequel based on the second installment of the best-selling book series!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    48%
  • Audience Score
    62%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

More of Greg's humorous antics; fun for series fans.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid (based on the hugely popular series of books by Jeff Kinney) continues the misadventures of Greg, a middle-school kid who tries a little too hard to be popular. There's less scatological humor this time around (except for some bird poop), but there is a scene in which Greg's older brother, Rodrick, throws a wild party while his parents are out; teens drink from anonymous red cups and act crazy, though there's no real mention or implication of alcohol. Other scenes include some shouting, threatening, and bullying, as well as a brief fight. Characters also toss around middle-school insults like "jerk," "loser," and "butt brain." Fans of the original movie will find more to enjoy here, although there's less Rowley in this installment.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Greg's continued attempts to be popular. Why is being popular so important to him? Is that something that matters to you? What actually makes a person cool and/or popular?
  • Is Rodrick a good role model for Greg? Are Rodrick's "rules" helpful? Why or why not?
  • Is Greg bullied in this movie? Is he justified in feeling picked on?
  • Fans of the books: How does the movie compare? Which characters were different or new? Did you like the changes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

So so so much better than the first one. I for some reason am one of the few who didnt get the first movie. But the second time around I really enjoyed the back and forth of the brothers, the bumbling parents and even rowley!

- jmanard52, Wednesday, August 17, 2011

3 stars

It lacks some of the wittiness and style of the first feature, but 'Rodrick Rules' is a more adult affair, more sophisticated, more substance, and just as entertaining. Focusing this time on the relationship between main kid Greg Heffley, played wonderfully like the first, by Zachary Gordon, and his older brother Rodrick, played exceptionally by Devon Bostick, the two brothers begin to bond despite their differences. And straight out of the starting gate the film takes the path of a more adult, and a certainly more impressive motion picture. For adults and older kids. However, for younger children, the main focus of the audience, it dawdles and loses much of the slapstick and gag centred comedy of the first. The cast however do not let down, with excellent performances from Zachary Gordon and especially Devon Bostick, who really shines throughout the ninety minutes. Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris, as the parents again, make short but as usual great addition to the film. The story is interesting enough, with many different parts and sketches throughout. But it still keeps a certain more linear style of sophistication with its choice of storytelling and narrative this time round. But that sophistication does bear the risk of alienating its original half term style audience. It probably does, in certain sections, but overall, maintains a good balance between the more classier comedy and the slapstick and gags of the first, creating a fun, and definitely all round piece of family film.

- fb100000212943704, Sunday, August 12, 2012

3 stars

Not as funny as the first movie, but just as entertaining. These movies are fantastic and remind me a lot of older family comedies. I have 2 little brothers and I treated my middle one, Justin, just like Rodick treats Greg. Brings back fond memories of torture. Each character in the movie is very entertaining and will remind you of someone you knew when you were younger. How can you not like Rowley? Or not known someone just like him? This movie builds off the first one and helps to really move the series along for, future movies. If you haven't checked out either "Wimpy Kid" movies, you should do yourself a favor and watch them.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, July 28, 2012