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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (film)
Diary if a Wimpy Kid movie poster
Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Produced by

Nina Jacobson
Bradford Simpson
Ethan Smith


Written by Novel:

Jeff Kinney

Screenplay:
Jackie Filgo
Jeff Filgo
Jeff Judah
Gabe Sachs


Starring

Zachary Gordon
Robert Capron
Rachael Harris
Steve Zahn
Devon Bostick
Connor & Owen Fielding
Chloë Moretz
Karan Brar
Grayson Russell


Cinematography Jack N. Green
Studio Color Force
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) Friday, March 19th, 2010
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States of America,Canada,Germany
Language English
Followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (film)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (also known as Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie) is a 2010 American live-action/animated feature film directed by Thor Freudenthal and based on the best-selling first book in the illustrated novel series Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. After Diary of a Wimpy Kid it was a success.

The film stars Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick, Connor and Owen Fielding, and Chloë Moretz. It is rated PG for mild rude humor and language and the film was released to mixed reviews.

A promotional video was released before the release of the movie.

Plot

The film opens with Rodrick Heffley (Devon Bostick), who wakes up Greg Heffley as a prank to make him think it is time for school. Greg is anxious to start middle school, confident he will easily become the school's most popular kid. However, Greg worries about how his unusual best friend, Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron), will fit in. While Rowley is a good friend who helps Greg escape his older brother, Rodrick, Greg worries that Rowley's clothes and personality will embarrass the both of them.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Animation Scene

One of the movie's many animation scenes.

On their first day, Greg and Rowley meet Angie Steadman (Chloë Grace Moretz), a seventh grader who works for the school’s paper. Throughout the school year, Angie tell Greg and Rowley why they should not enjoy middle school. Classmate Chirag Gupta (Karan Brar) tells Greg and Rowley the story behind the moldy slice of Swiss cheese laying on the blacktop; upon touching the cheese, a kid named Darren Walsh (Harrison Houde) initiated the Cheese Touch; anyone who touches the cheese becomes an outcast until they pass on the cheese touch by touching someone else. The last Cheese Touch was taken away by a German exchange student named Dieter Müller.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Greg, Rowley, Chirag, and the Cheese

Chirag explaining the horrors of the Cheese to Greg and Rowley.

Greg is determined to be voted a "class favorite" and listed in the yearbook, but each of his attempts to do so backfire. His popularity quickly drops as he loses to Patty Farrell (Laine MacNeil), Greg’s arch-enemy, in Scholastic wrestling (taught by Coach Malone (Andrew McNee). While Greg and Rowley go trick-or-treating they anger teenagers by threatening to call his mommy on them after they spray him and Rowley with the poop gun and then damages their Ford F150 with a weed whacker. Greg joins the Safety Patrol alongside his mom. While playing a game Greg invented; he breaks Rowley's arm during winter time. In school, everyone notices Rowley's broken arm and Rowley becomes very popular, much to Greg’s dismay. Rowley's popularity increases when he beats Greg to become the school paper's cartoonist, despite Greg's dismissal of his farts.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Safety Patrol

Greg's safety patrol fantasy.

Greg and Rowley’s friendship falls apart after Greg allows Rowley to unwittingly take the blame for a mistake that Greg made during Safety Patrol. After Greg tells Rowley the truth and tries to make light of the situation, Rowley berates him for being a bad friend who cares about nothing but himself. Rowley then leaves him and befriends a kid named Collin Lee (Alex Ferris). Greg tries to move on by having a sleepover with Fregley (Grayson Russell), the weirdest and 201st most popular (past the bottom) kid in school, but Fregley's sugar-induced hyperactivity is too much for him to take. He then tries to pursue popularity without Rowley by auditioning for the school play of The Wizard of Oz, but ruins the performance by starting an apple throwing fight with Manny when he throws a temper tantrum in the middle of the performance.

At the school mother-son dance, Greg's mother (Rachael Harris) suggests Greg ask Rowley to go out for ice cream with them. However, Rowley tells Greg that he's already going out for ice cream with Collin. Later, Greg is excited when Rowley comes up to him in school, but is disappointed when he learns Rowley only wants a game back. Greg refuses to return the game, causing them to get into a argument. Kids gather around them, wanting them to fight, but are quickly dispelled when the teenagers that Greg and Rowley had angered on Halloween, were looking for revenge. The teenagers force Rowley to eat the Cheese. They are about to force Greg to eat the remainder when Coach Malone, arrives and chases the teenagers away & recognizes one named Pete Hosey.

The kids return and find the partially eaten Cheese. Patty begins to accuse Rowley, but Greg steps in and takes the blame. He picks up the Cheese and makes a profound speech about the ridiculousness of the Cheese and other middle school institutions, but Patty ruins it when she shouts that Greg has the Cheese Touch causing everyone to run away from him. Greg and Rowley make up, and Angie approaches them to compliment Greg for his bravery. Greg and Rowley make it into the class favorites list as "cutest friends", Patty gets the Cheese Touch without her knowing when she hugged Rowley (who still actually had the Cheese Touch) while handing out yearbooks, and the film ends with Greg, Rowley, and Angie laughing and Greg narrating that he still has the summer and next year ahead of him.

Sequel

Main article: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (film)

The sequel, based on the second book in the Wimpy Kid series, Rodrick Rules, was released on March 25, 2011. The film was directed by David Bowers, and it has Holly Hills making her debut in the film series, replacing Angie.

Cast

Voices

Production

The filming of Diary of a Wimpy Kid wrapped up on October 16, 2009, and the film was released in the United States on March 19, 2010. It combines live action with animation and is directed by Thor Freudenthal, with Zachary Gordon starring as Greg Heffley.

The official trailer for Wimpy Kid was released on the Internet on January 21, 2010 and was shown in theaters with Tooth Fairy. A poster for the film was released shortly after, and the second trailer was shown with Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

Movie tie-in book

Amulet Books (an imprint of ABRAMS) acquired the rights to publish The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, a book which was completed by #1 bestselling author Jeff Kinney that was released in a one-day national laydown on Tuesday, March 16, 2010. It gives how Jeff Kinney's bestselling book in cartoons became to be a 20th Century Fox film-adaptation. It also includes some all-new illustrations and full-color never-before-seen movie stills, storyboards, preliminary concept drawings, and also behind the scenes to humorously chronicle the making of the movie.

Reception

Review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 101 reviews, gives the film an approval rating of 53%. The consensus given is: "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."[13] It also holds a "mixed or average" rating of 56 at Metacritic, based on 26 reviews.[14] Roger Ebert gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, writing "It's nimble, bright and funny. It doesn't dumb down. It doesn't patronize. It knows something about human nature."[15] Glenn Whipp of the Associated Press was less positive, saying, "In transferring the clean, precise humor of Kinney's illustrations and prose to the big-screen, the material loses just a bit of its charm."[16] At the Movies host David Stratton gave the film one star while co-host Margaret Pomeranz gave it half a star. Stratton called the film "tiresome" and said there was "nothing remotely interesting in Thor Freudenthal's direction or the screenplay." Pomeranz disliked the character of Greg Heffley, saying "I really thought he was unpleasant. I did not want to spend time with him. I could not wait for the end of this film."[17]

Differences from movie and book

Movie

  • The humor is now slapstick rather than satire
  • There is a new character named Angie.
  • Greg eats lunch on the cafeteria floor.
  • At the part where Rowley is forced to eat the cheese Greg picks it up and says he ate it but in the book he does not pick it up.
  • Patty Farrell is considered a bully toward Greg, but in the book she has a minor role.
  • During the end of the movie Patty hugs Rowley and tells him "Stay, cute". Similar to how in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, Holly Hills puts the same thing in Rowley's year book.

References

Trivia

  • Rowley mentions the fact that he went to Guatemala, despite the fact that Guatemala is in Central America,not South America.
  • This is the first film in the film series .
  • Some things like Greg's fish that appear in later books appear in the movie.
  • Despite the movie recieving mixed reviews from critics, it recieved positive reviews from fans of the book series. However, some fans consider the book to be better than the movie.
  • Things Rodrick does that torment Greg include: Trick Greg into thinking it is a school day when it is actually 4:00 in the morning, Chase Greg around the house and then lock him in his room.
  • The Scene when Greg is playing Twisted Wizards with Rowley at the Jefferson house you can see that Greg and Rowley are playing a Nintendo Wii.
  • This and Rodrick Rules open with Greg narrating the opening.
  • Rodrick's band is named "Loded Diaper" with the "a" removed.
  • Near the beginning, you can see the movie Ice Age in the background briefly, Ice Age is also a film produced by 20th Century Fox Studios.
  • The Wilhelm scream sound effect is used while Greg and Rowley were playing the Twisted Wizard game.
  • The piece of cheese on the blacktop is digital.
  • This movie was nominated at the 2011 Kid's Choice Awards.

Trailer

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010) - Open-ended Trailer for this pre-teen comedy01:31

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (2010) - Open-ended Trailer for this pre-teen comedy










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