Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days
PG, 1hr 45min
Reviewed by Katy Breheny.
Disasters don't come much bigger than those that crop up regularly in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies and this is a big part of their attraction - that and the humour in the films.
In Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) looks forward to a summer holiday dedicated to shunning fresh air and doing some serious time on his video games - as well as hooking up with his crush, Holly Hills (Peyton List).
This is a Greg who has grown up somewhat and is beginning to be wise in the ways of the world. But as usual, all turns to mush and Greg's summer freedom suddenly disappears.
He ends up spending quality time with his father (Steve Zahn), attending book club with his mother (Rachael Harris) and going on a snoreworthy trip with best friend Rowley's (Robert Capron) family.
What is a teen beginning to exercise his independence to do but rattle the bars of the cage? This, Greg does spectacularly, in the process creating embarrassing scenes that will go down in history.
At the centre of it all is the happily dysfunctional Heffley family unit with their own wacky dynamics. The rest of the crew include big brother and Loded Diper band member Rodrick (Devon Bostick) and preschooler Manny (Connor Fielding).
Added to the chaos is the new dog, Sweety.
The quirky, offbeat humour in this movie will be a winner with adults, as well as the target audience. Both sides are well-represented with teens battling to carry out their own agenda and parents making misguided attempts to take control.
Acting is strong throughout the cast and the energetic, upbeat feel of the movie with another laugh just around the corner moves it along briskly.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days is as good as the last movie in the series and there is plenty of material left to work with from the book series by Jeff Kinney.
- Manawatu Standard