DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
MSRP: $39.99 but Amazon has the blu-ray combo pack for $21.99.
Running Time: 94 mins
What’s Going On?
Based on the popular novels by author Jeff Kinney, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS follows the continuing misadventures of Greg Heffley and his friends. Greg is on summer vacation and all he wants to do is sleep in and play video games, but his parents have other plans – book clubs and Civil War re-enactments! Greg gets himself in some hot water and his dad threatens him with military school if he doesn’t shape up and so he gets a “job” at a country club that his friend Rowley’s family belongs to. Things never go as planned for Greg though and his brother, his new dog Sweetie, and the Wilderness Explorers make Greg wish he had a vacation from his vacation!
Who’s In It:
The cast from the two previous films, including: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell, Karan Brar, and Laine MacNeil all return.
If You Like…:
The other DIARY OF A WIMPY KID movies, the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID books, children peeing in pools, ferris wheels, country clubs, summer jobs, tennis matches, and really awkward family games, then check this out.
There’s a commentary with David Bowers, which is mostly boring and pointless, because Kids and parents and alike will find nothing of value in what he has to say.
There are ten deleted scenes, available with optional director’s commentary and a gag reel.
There’s an animated short called Class Clown, done in the style of the illustrations of the books, in which Greg tries to steal the title of Class Clown from his friend Rowley. I learned here that Jeff is kind of a dick.
There’s also a small special called Wimpy Empire from the Fox Movie Channel, which features an interview with author Jeff Kinney and his family.
The Technical Gist
Oddly enough, the video quality is mostly great, but there are sections that were shot with different cameras (the section in which Greg and Rowley are at the fair) in which the quality drops noticeably. This only happens a few times though, but it’s still a little odd.
I’d never seen any of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID movies, but I was, for the most part, pleasantly surprised by the performances from the cast, particularly Devon Bostick, who plays Greg’s older brother Rodrick, who’s the best kind of crazy. While the plot was a little boring, it’s fun enough for kids to enjoy, especially if they like the books. QUEUE IT.