Review ~ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days DVD

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days ~ Fox Home Entertainment

Fox Home Entertainment sent me a DVD screener disc to review Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days on my dad blog. The movie is based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series by Jeff Kinney. Dog Days is the third film in the movie series. This movie is OK for parents, but the intended audience is young kids — especially fans of the books. Judging by the way my nine-year old was laughing, grade schoolers will love the film. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days will be available on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow (December 18th).

The 411 for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

The story A middle schooler schemes to spend the summer with a girl he likes
Appropriateness for children It’s intended for kids. Nothing intense or nasty, but there is some gross humor and a scene showing the butt cracks of some guys in the locker room.
Positives
  • Fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books will love it
  • Kids will laugh their heads off
  • There’s a moral to the story
Negative
  • Nothing new or exciting
Release date December 18, 2012
Rating Rated PG for some rude humor
Runtime 94 minutes
Genre Comedy, family

Dog days of summer
The story starts off with the last week of school. Greg Heffley, the main character, is looking forward to playing video games all summer long. But first he must stay a step of his dad, who doesn’t want Greg playing video games. Greg eventually figures a way to trick his father, and also spend time with the girl he has a crush on.

It’s the third installment
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is the third film in the series, but you don’t really need to see the first two movies to understand the story. This is what you need to know. The main character is Greg Heffley. He’s finishing the seventh grade in the third movie. His best friend is a chubby boy by the name of Rowley Jefferson. Holly Hills is the girl Greg has a crush on, and Patty Farrell is Greg’s nemesis. Greg also has an annoying older brother by the name of Rodrick Heffley.

The cast is OK
Everyone in the film does an OK job. However, no one really stood out in the movie. The main characters were played by Zachary Gordon (Greg Heffley), Steve Zahn (Frank Heffley), Robert Capron (Rowley Jefferson), Devon Bostick (Rodrick Heffley), Rachael Harris (Susan Heffley), and Peyton List (Holly Hills). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days also featured Grayson Russell (Fregley), Karan Brar (Chirag Gupta), Laine MacNeil (Patty Farrell), Connor Fielding (Manny Heffley), Owen Fielding (Manny Heffley), Melissa Roxburgh (Heather Hills), Phil Hayes (Stan Warren), Terence Kelly (Grandpa Heffley), and Bronwen Smith (Mrs. Jefferson). The movie was directed by David Bowers.

DVD Special Features

  • Commentary by Director David Bowers
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director David Bowers
  • Class Clown Animated Short
  • Gag Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray Special Features

  • Commentary by Director David Bowers
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director David Bowers
  • Class Clown Animated Short
  • Gag Reel
  • FX Movie Channel presents Wimpy Empire
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Sneak Peak

Prank Pack Features

  • Toys to Fool Your Friends (Moldy Cheese, Bug in Cube and Dog Poo)

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