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

Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond. Nice family film just like the first movie. I actually liked the first one more than this one but this one was cool and funny too. It was entertaining for me and it was worth watching. Nice learning from it. Recommended for those kids in middle school who have an older brother in high school. Astro Boy director David Bowers helms the follow-up film to 2010's big-screen adaptation of Jeff Kinney's acclaimed Diary of a Wimpy Kid comic novels in this Fox 2000 production. As Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) braves his first days of seventh grade, his parents (Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris) make a noble yet ill-advised attempt to help him forge a stronger bond with his mischievous older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), who takes twisted delight in tormenting his unsuspecting younger sibling at every opportunity.

- MANUGINO, Thursday, June 16, 2011

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