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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Bowers

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About the Movie

Everybody’s favorite wimp, Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), is back for three times the fun in the latest film based on the super-popular book series! When Greg’s dad (Steve Zahn) threatens to send him to military school if he doesn’t stay out of trouble, Greg finds all-new ways to land himself in the doghouse! For starters, Greg’s in over his head when he pretends to work at the swanky country club where Rowley’s family has a membership. Things don’t go much better on a father-son camping trip with the Wilderness Explorers, and then there’s the Heffley’s new dog, Sweetie, who fetches even more trouble for Greg in this hilarious family film!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 71
  • Fresh: 36
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 5.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The execution isn't great. David Bowers, the director, allows too much hammy acting. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Aug 2, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Abby West, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 3, 2012

Fresh: It all makes for goofy fun, and physical comedy that will have parents rolling their eyes. – Scott Bowles, USA Today, Aug 2, 2012

Rotten: [It's] formulaic in adhering to the sitcom-style tone of the first two films. – Lael Loewenstein, Variety, Aug 2, 2012

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Customer Reviews


Prior to seeing this movie, I hadn't read any of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books, nor had I seen the first two films (and I still haven't). In fact, the only reason I saw "Dog Days" was because my young cousin was in town and I promised to see it with him. I expected to watch an annoyingly over-the-top kid's film, but what I got instead actually surprised me. Sure, there were a few juvenile gags here and there, but they weren't as overbearing as I thought they would be. Most of the characters were charming and heartfelt, the lowbrow jokes were usually pretty hilarious, and the bits of slapstick had me laughing out loud at times. Of course, my cousin enjoyed everything about the film, and surprisingly, so did I. You could even say it brought out the inner 10-year-old in me. Does it have its flaws? Sure, but then again, what movie doesn't? If you wanna rent a flick that the whole family can enjoy, "Dog Days" is a great pick. Just for kicks, I might as well watch the first two "Diary" movies to see what I missed.


Anyone else notice they skipped "The Last Straw?"


OMG! It was better than the 1st 2! It was hilarious how Greg slipped off da high dive and lost his swim trunks! I'm gonna get this for Christmas for my iPad!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2012

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Available Bundle

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection, 20th Century Fox Film