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"DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS"
(2012) (Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs None
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Moderate
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Minor
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Family Comedy: On summer vacation, a suburban kid lies to his parents that he has a job at a local country club when he is really sneaking in each day to be near a girl he has a crush on.
PLOT:
Middle-schooler Greg Heffley (ZACHARY GORDON) has his summer vacation all planned out. He plans to lie around the house, eat junk food, drink sodas, and play video games. However, his father Frank (STEVE ZAHN) and mother Susan (RACHAEL HARRIS) have other ideas. Dad wants him to come to his job with him and be an unpaid office intern. Mom wants him and his best friend Rowley (ROBERT CAPRON) to join her book club and read great novels like "Little Women."

Greg jumps at the chance to be Rowley's guest at his parents' country club one afternoon. There, he discovers that his dream girl from school, Holly (PEYTON LIST), is working as a kids' tennis instructor. So, Greg convinces Rowley to sneak him in each day all the while lying to his father that he has internship at the club.

When Greg's scheming brother, Rodrick (DEVON BOSTICK), gets wind of Greg's charade, he blackmails him into sneaking him into the country club each day. Rodrick likes the free food. Even more, he likes Holly's older sister, Heather (MELISSA ROXBURGH), who he wants to date and impress with his rock-star aspirations. It all comes to a head at Heather's 16th birthday party.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Absolutely. The "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books are phenomenally popular with grade-school and middle-school children, and the film is getting heavy ad play on such networks as Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some rude humor.


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