Another year older and Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is facing a whole host of new challenges at school and at home be it his little brother making his life a nightmare or having a crush on the new girl and doesn't want to be embarrassed in front of her. But Greg also has to contend with his mum demanding that he and older brother Roderick (Devon Bostick) getting on which is not going to happen easily as Roderick is the one usually making Greg's life a misery.
I didn't think that highly of the first "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and to be blunt had forgotten about it to the point that I was surprised to see Devon Bostick in the sequel "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" and had to double check to see if he was in the first movie. Anyway as to the second movie "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" well it is an improvement on the first movie which may be more to do with the gags whilst still child friendly have a bit more of a grown up angle from Greg and friend Rowley trying to make a video to become internet sensations to one character have a poorly spelt tattoo.
The knock on effect of the humour moving on a bit is that there is more of a nostalgic feel to it as events in this movie from watching a late night horror movie to a party without their parents knowing are all easily to connect to. That isn't to say that "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" is without its issue it is still a movie for children with humour aimed at kids but it does at least give something to adults especially those who had to deal with older siblings as children who like to torment you.
What this all boils down to is that "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" is an improvement on the first movie as it is easier to relate to as a grown ups with more set pieces which are almost nostalgic in appeal but still aimed at a young audience.