Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Devon Bostick and Zachary Gordon in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Greg's Summer Loving

Summer is here and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) plans to spend it playing video games with the curtains closed. Unfortunately for Greg his father, Frank (Steve Zahn), thinks otherwise and not only bans video games but removes the TV whilst expecting Greg to spend the summer doing things out in the fresh air. With Frank threatening to put Greg in a military school the young Heffley pretends he has a job at the country club which means he can spend summer near to the girl of his dreams, Holly (Peyton List).

So having watched "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and not being impressed by it and then surprised by its sequel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" I was strangely looking forwards to the third movie "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days". And thankfully this third movie is on par with the second movie with plenty of laughs from a series of set piece events from the family excursion to the municipal pool to Greg's Ferris Bueller style attempt to trick his father in to thinking he hasn't been playing video games all day long.

But whilst "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" is a lot of fun it is the sort of movie that as an adult is fine in small doses as it is one comic escapade after another for Greg and his friend Rowley during their summer holidays. But I would imagine for its intended audience the humour will be spot on from Greg's face when he sees Rowley and his parents sharing an ice-cream to the Heffley's getting a dog that much to Greg's disappointment they call Sweety.

What this all boils down to is that "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" is a good third movie in the series and pretty much on par with the second movie when it comes to entertaining both children and grown ups.