Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s illustrated novel about a wise-cracking sixth grade student.

To Greg Heffley, middle school is the dumbest idea ever invented. It’s a place rigged with hundreds of social landmines, not the least of which are morons, wedgies, swirlies, bullies, lunchtime banishment to the cafeteria floor – and a festering piece of cheese with nuclear cooties. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition and status he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of can’t-miss schemes, all of which, of course, go awry. And he’s getting it all down on paper, via a diary – “it’s NOT a diary, it’s a journal!” Greg insists, preferring the less-sissyfied designation – filled with his opinions, thoughts, tales of family trials and tribulations, and (would-be) schoolyard triumphs. “One day when I’m famous,” writes Greg, “I’ll have better things to do than answer peoples’ stupid questions all day.” So was born the Wimpy Kid’s diary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some rude humor and language.

The cast was all well picked. The main character of the movie, Greg Heffley (played wonderfully by Zachary Gordon) stayed true to the book and he was totally believable. Everyone felt that this kid actor, Zach Gordon, did a great job of bringing life to this complex character and transforming Greg Heffley from a cartoon stick figure in the books to a real live person, while maintaining all his idiosyncrasies. It was also fun to watch him as, at times, he has these great facial expressions. The beauty of the movie was the added sensitivity and emotionality that presented itself in the film that wasn’t available to us in the novel.

In the movie, Greg led us on an emotional roller-coaster ride throughout the film: first we liked him, then we hated him, then we felt sorry for him, then we loved him. His relationship with his best friend Rowley along with its ups and downs (hey, just like real life) was great for kids to see. For adults, it would remind us of the “real” friendships we had (from simpler times) in those early Jr. High School years. Before computers we had real “live” friendships and we really did go over to our friends’ houses to “play”.

 

 

 

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zachary Gordon
Greg Heffley
Robert Capron
Rowley Jefferson
Rachael Harris
Susan Heffley
Steve Zahn
Frank Heffley
Connor Fielding
Manny Heffley
Owen Fielding
Manny Heffley
Devon Bostick
Rodrick Heffley
Chloe Moretz
Angie Steadman (as Chloë Grace Moretz)
Karan Brar
Chirag Gupta
Grayson Russell
Fregley
Laine MacNeil
Patty Farrell
Alex Ferris
Collin
Andrew McNee
Coach Malone
Belita Moreno
Mrs. Norton
Rob LaBelle
Mr. Bertrand Winsky

Trivia:

Rowley’s mom is played by Robert Capron’s real life mom Kaye Capron.

All of the children did their own singing in the audition scene on stage for the school play, including Greg Heffley.He can be seen actually singing the song in the extras of the DVD.
When Greg and Rowley are outside building the snowman, they fix up the snowman to look like he was peeing in the snow.

Fregley’s Halloween costume was a cross between a donkey and a unicorn.
At the Mother & Son Sweetheart dance, as Greg walks over to the refreshment table to talk to Rowley, a woman is at the refreshment table dumping a bowl full of candy into her purse.
WILHELM SCREAM: When Greg and Rowley are playing the Twisted Wizard game, and when the orange dragon scorches the purple dragon to bones.


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  • Continuity: As Greg and Rowley are forced to eat on the floor, a milk carton lands on Greg’s tray when two guys empty their trash. When Fregley comes to sit with them, the milk carton is gone.
  • Continuity: In the scene when Patty pins Greg, and Angie takes the picture, her hair is down, but in the newspaper, her hair is curved up.
  • Continuity: In the scene where Greg and Rowley are walking the kindergartners, Pete Hosey and his friend drive by, slowly looking at them all standing in a line. In the next scene when Greg and Rowley are laughing about not getting caught, the kindergartners are in a different order.
  • Continuity: A witch decoration by the stairs in the Heffley house is moving around. In another shot, the witch is still. If you look carefully when Greg and Rowley are outside, the witch is moving again.
  • Continuity: Some of the foam from the fire extinguisher is sprayed onto Greg. Two shots later, Greg is clean.
  • Continuity: Greg takes Manny off the toilet, who leaves on the right. Susan is carrying Manny, but she comes from the left.
  • Continuity: When Greg is confessing to Rowley about scaring the smaller children, the hallway is busy with a woman in red quickly approaching them. A second later, the hall is empty and the woman has vanished. Then she reappears and brushes past Rowley.
  • Continuity: In the scene right before Rowley asks Greg if he “Wants to come over and play”, Greg walks out, and you see a girl walking down the stairs behind him. When they show Rowley, the girl is again seen coming out of the school.
  • Continuity: In the scene when Greg runs out of Fregley’s house, he leaves the door open. In the next shot, when he is hugging his dad, the door is closed.
  • Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Rowley hands Greg the Zoo Wee Mama comic he says “I put you in the comic this week.” It’s just the one with the acid puddle and squirrel with no change from the original drawing he made at Greg’s house.
  • Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Greg goes down on his popularity chart from 19 to 72. The 19th place would then be vacant. Rowley later fills the 19th spot. Greg later goes down from 72 to 202. This would be impossible if only 201 students were on the list. Also, the 72th place is vacant once again.
  • Crew or equipment visible: A supporting cable is visible during the break dancing scene.

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