Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2is a family comedy based on a best-selling novel by Jeff Kinney. The film has Greg Heffley trying to get along and bond with his brother Roderick. Much to their parent’s chagrin, and not to the audience surprise, that does not go well. As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond. Roderick loves to tease and embarrass Greg.
Church is not off limits for embarrassment. Roderick finds an opportunity to humiliate Greg in front of the entire congregation after Greg has sat on a chocolate candy bar. With the brown stain on Greg’s white pants, Roderick fully takes advantage of it much to the total dismay of Greg and their mother. Greg’s explanation that it is just chocolate only deepen the congregation’s disgust, while Roderick is thoroughly pleased with himself. The family’s quick exit from the church’s communion service doesn’t help their mother’s mood as she tries to get her sons to get along and bond.
A weekend trip leaving the two brothers home provides an opportunity for Roderick to have a major teen party (without liquor) and lock little brother Greg in the basement, forgetting there is an old fashioned dial telephone there. Greg dials his friend, played by Robert Capron, to
come over and let him out–only to have his friend locked in the basement with him. When their mother calls in the middle of the party, an opportunity for brotherly bonding occurs, and all seems well. However, a lesson is learned that lying to parents is never a good idea. When the truth comes out about why there is no lock on the bathroom door (because the door got switched with the basement door), during a dinner party with Mom’s boss and his wife, everyone gets grounded, and Roderick is forbidden to play his band in the talent show.
Greg, played by Zachary Gordon, does an excellent job as a 7th grader. He has a crush on a beautiful, blond classmate and feels all is lost until he sees her at the retirement center where he and his brother are doomed to spend the weekend with Grandpa. She is also visiting her Grandmother and they bond over sibling stories of being the middle child of their families. They pleasantly part when she is called to dinner, Greg writes in his diary that there is hope for him yet, but all is again lost when Roderick reads Greg’s diary the next morning.
Greg wakens to Roderick’s orally reading his diary entry of the night before. Roderick, played by Devon Bostick, runs around the apartment with Greg chasing him. Unfortunately, Greg is not dressed while Roderick is. When Roderick
sees Greg’s heart throb on the inner circuit TV link, he takes the diary into the hall and down the elevator. Greg is close behind, but clothed only in his underpants. When he sees himself in a mirror, he grabs a large potted plant, runs past his brother, grabs the diary and leaves the building, only to reenter through the ladies restroom; thus causing another scene.
In the meantime, Roderick has managed to run back upstairs to hit the record button on the TV and has the outside scene with Greg recorded on VCR tape for future blackmail purposes.
Do Not Lie To Your Parents.
The movie is directed by David Bowers, written by Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah, and Jeff Kinney.
Over 42 million books in this series by Jeff Kinney has been sold.
Zachary Gordon started acting at age 9 and is now 14.