Jeff Kinney's highly popular book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid has racked up almost $150 million in global ticket sales for the first two film adaptations. How will this third installation match up to its predecessors?
Under pressure by his dad (Steve Zahn), Wimpy Kid eighth-grader Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) pretends to clinch a job at a country club while actually spending his days chasing the skirt of young sweetheart blonde (Peyton List). As a result, he learns to face the consequences including troubles at a public pool and a camping trip that goes wrong with the help of best friend Rowley (Robert Capron). Not just that, he has a bully of a musician brother (Devon Bostick) and the "villain" to overcome.
The series will not last long with this lead character. Gordon plays the Wimpy Kid for the third time and it might well be his last for he should be leaving childhood soon. Enjoyable as it is recalling adolescent days with the Wimpy Kids series, like what it touts – growing up – audiences will soon outgrow these movie adaptations, which is best ending off here while still memorably remembered.
There are several funny moments in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, especially the off-key scene of Justin Bieber's "Baby" by Bostick. We also love the cute stick-figure visuals, weaved in by writers Wallace Wolodarsky (The Simpsons) and Maya Forbes (The Larry Sanders Show) that helps readers of the book relate to the movie as well. True to the book, the film ends with a moral of the story that would educational for kids and heartwarming for the adults.