Family-Faith Film Review: Diary Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules: Gently humorous, and more family-friendly, sequel about the tensions between a hapless seventh grader (Zachary Gordon) and his teenage older brother (Devon Bostick). When their advice columnist mother (Rachael Harris) tries to get these constantly quarreling siblings to bond, big bro goes from bullying persecutor to mildly bad influence, leading to some good-natured high jinks that eventually involve the younger lad’s best friend (Robert Capron). Director David Bowers’ follow-up to the 2010 comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” — adapted, like its predecessor, from one of Jeff Kinney’s best-selling cartoon novels — sends its protagonist through another series of embarrassing situations and useful learning moments, during which he picks up lessons about honesty and self-confidence. This time, though, the only possible red flag for parents is raised by a few instances of childish scatological humor, one of which can be seen as vaguely irreverent. A-I — general patronage. (PG) 2011
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