Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
What if a public audience was invited into your home and minivan to witness the chaos that can appear from time to time? Diary of a Wimpy Kid offers the humour and misfortunate encounters that produce a laugh out loud comedy for the entire family! Taking three of my four children, I fully enjoyed hearing them laugh and laughing with them through the duration of the film. I have never been so excited to truly enjoy a family film that needs no ear muffs or debriefing afterward, this is a wonderful family film that I highly recommend.
A few quotes from my kids:
“That was cleverly hilarious” age 10
“Daddy, can you give the movie 5 ½ out of 5 stars for your review?” Age 9
“I did not like it… I LOVED it! That was way better than I expected, it was awesome!” Age 6
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, follows a summer road trip of the Heffley family to attend Mimaw’s ninetieth birthday party. Banning all phones and enjoying quality time together, the Heffley’s put fun into dysfunctional. Greg (Jason Drucker) is the highlighted character, but the entire family really presents the magic on the big screen. Susan (Alicia Silverstone) is the sometimes quirky mum that sets out to implement the best of intentions for her family, but often falls short. Frank (Tom Everett Scott) is the hard working suburban dad that cannot seem to leave work and finds himself often torn between pleasing his wife and making deals with the kids. Rodrick (Charlie Wright) is the sometimes cruel heavy metal rocker older brother that has very little between the ears. Manny (Wyatt and Dylan Walters) is the little brother that is full of surprises.
Road trips often do not go as planned and thankfully for us the Heffley’s are faced with challenge after challenge. We follow the trip through the lens of Greg’s experience and the unforgettable journey that will teach him a thing or two about life. Imagination, slime tactics, embarrassing moments, gross encounters, and adventure lurk just around the bend on every road as Greg has one goal in mind…meet his idol at a video game convention in Indianapolis, Indiana and avoid his mother knowing anything about it.
Appreciating pre-teen logic and being a parent, I caught a few instances of looking in the mirror. Today certainly made me want to take a step back and enjoy these moments with my kids just a little bit more. Laughing together was just what today needed and I am sure Diary of a Wimpy Kid will offer many more laughs in our future.
Rating: PG Coarse language.