A sequel has been born. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is exactly what you would expect from this type of film. I didn't see the first one, but it obviously is geared toward children as it's main audience, the film is full of silly jokes that people that age would find hilarious. There are so parts that the adults would find funny to, or perhaps I should say "I would find funny." For me, this was Greg's older brother. His character is the "dumb blonde emo teenager" for lack of better words. The entire film were his one liners that showed how stupid he really was and honestly it was funny for me. Greg (Jason Drucker) is the main character, the wimpy kid. Who starts out the movie as the main concept of a viral video including a dirty diaper. He is scorned and determined to make a better name for himself.
It's time for their family road trip, so being this type of movie it's again obvious that Greg is going to hatch a plan to get to a different location rather than his meemaw's birthday party. Along the way there are many hiccups that he has to encounter. A family of "beardos" that become is enemy, his embarrassing parents (which again was pretty hilarious, especially the mom played by Alicia Silverstone), and his brother who is the typical older brother always picking on him.
Overall, if you set aside the predictability, this movie wasn't bad. There was a scene where Greg is in Beardo's shower and the whole thing is taken straight from Psycho. I found it very entertaining, but I couldn't help but think that not one child in that theater would have caught on to the reference. Definitely one of those things thrown in there for adult/parents. I thought it was great. Near the end of the movie I didn't think the bad stuff would ever stop happening to them, I mean there had to be some point where there is a happy ending. And for me, it didn't come soon enough. I was getting a little tired of each and every thing - prolonging the movie? Nah, it really wasn't that long.
Oh and the scene with the seagulls, I am pretty sure I would have just about died if I was in the car. Birds scare me and a flock of them flying around in a mini van, geez I would have lost it for sure. I am pretty sure birds know I hate them too and they are out to get me... I mean a bird just built a nest in my wreath so now I can't use my front door for like a month until the eggs hatch and the babies are gone. And I can't tell you how many times I've had birds fly super close to my head like they are attacking me.
Okay, I got a little off topic there, as a mentioned before I hadn't seen the original Wimpy Kid movie, but one thing I didn't really like is the drawings and everything. I get why they did it, since it's based off the book series and I am pretty sure these same drawings are throughout the book, but still. Not my favorite aspect. Other than that though this film was pretty good. For some reason I like watching movies, perhaps it's because I grew up watching all the Disney channel movies and continued to like them up until I moved out of my parents house and didn't have cable anymore. No shame? I'll give this movie a "okay" rating still. I probably wouldn't suggest it for a date night movie, but definitely if you have slightly older children for a family movie night.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"