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

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
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®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Rodrick Rules marks an improvement on the original Wimpy Kid, but it still has a mean streak a mile wide.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fresh: Here's a tween comedy you don't have to be a tween to enjoy.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rotten: Most of the kids continue to irritate and, for a comedy aimed at youngsters, the laughs are woefully scarce.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Wednesday, May 25, 2011