Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
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.
School's out. Summer vacation is on. However, Greg may not have the best summer vacation ever. What could go wrong?
Why It Rocks
- It’s the third installment in the film franchise and still manages to stay loyal to the source material very well.
- Leaves no continuity errors or last minute changes and actually occurs not too long after the events of the second movie.
- The cartoon aspect the film takes from the book is amazing and still looks like as if it were drawn by Jeff Kinney himself.
- Greg and Rodrick's friendship from the previous film continues in this film.
- Brilliant acting, especially from Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron and Devon Bostick.
- A very interesting sub-plot about Rodrick developing a crush on Holly’s older sister, Heather.
- 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
- 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.
- Greg Heffley, Rowley Jefferson, Rodrick, and many others are still the likable and relateable characters as they were before.
- 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.
- The movie franchise based on the books went downhill after this film with it’s next sequel, The Long Haul.
- Some of the elements were weak and underwhelming compared to the first two films.
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."