Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (sometimes known as Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3: Dog Days) is a 2012 American comedy film directed by David Bowers from a screenplay by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes.

Summary

School's out. Summer vacation is on. However, Greg may not have the best summer vacation ever. What could go wrong?

Why It Rocks

  1. It’s the third installment in the film franchise and still manages to stay loyal to the source material very well.
  2. Leaves no continuity errors or last minute changes and actually occurs not too long after the events of the second movie.
  3. The cartoon aspect the film takes from the book is amazing and still looks like as if it were drawn by Jeff Kinney himself.
  4. Greg and Rodrick's friendship from the previous film continues in this film.
  5. Brilliant acting, especially from Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick.
  6. A very interesting sub-plot about Rodrick developing a crush on Holly’s older sister, Heather.
  7. The scenes are incredibly funny and memorable, like the scene where, Greg and Rowley go on the Cranium Shaker, and where Greg and Rowley play tennis with Holly and Patty
  8. There is a very heartwarming moment that pretty much tops the book where Greg's Dad Frank decides not to send Greg to Spag Union as he recalls of how a person should learn from their mistakes, while the book just involves Frank deciding to pay Greg back for getting him out of a birthday party.
  9. Greg Heffley, Rowley Jefferson, Rodrick, and many others are still the likable and relateable characters as they were before.
  10. A very decent message for most kids about how they should embrace the outside and get out of the house instead being indoors all day, especially during summer break.

Bad Qualities

  1. The movie franchise based on the books went downhill after this film with it’s next sequel, The Long Haul.
  2. Some of the elements were weak and underwhelming compared to the first two films.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, the film has an approval rating of 51% based on 71 reviews and an average rating of 5.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Overly familiar and a bit too reliant on slapstick, the sitcom-like Dog Days fails to improve upon previous installments and will likely appeal to few outside its target audience." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A−" on an A+ to F scale.

Abby West of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+ and wrote "Though often self-centered and conniving, Greg remains a likable kid, and the movie entertains by pulling off over-the-top scenarios that set up digestible life lessons for youngsters."