Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Movie Review
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise took off in 2007 when Jeff Kinnsey’s first novel was released. Since then children everywhere have fallen in love with these fun and quirky novels which first started off as a series of online cartoons. Kinnsey’s original target audience was adults through the book’s nostalgic look at middle school life as told through a narrator with fantasies of greatness, but kids immediately connected to his blending of the subversive and edgy with the fun and wholesome.
The first film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid brought us the adventures of Greg Heffley, a wise cracking preteen who must survive the treacherous jungles of middle school. The second film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules focused on Greg’s family and his relationship with his older brother Rodrick. The third film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days focused on Greg’s family and his relationship with his father and best friend Rowley.
Now the fourth film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (Kinnsey’s 9th book) follows the Heffley family’s road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party as it goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.
When Kinsey wrote Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, he wrote it with the mindset that it would be come a movie. He had the movie making process in his head while writing the book and that helped when it came time to create the film.
Hilarity ensues not long after the Heffley’s leave home and there are more hilarious moments throughout the film. Even with all the comedy in the film, there are some heartfelt moments also. For anyone that has every been on a family road trip that did not go according to plan, this movie is must see.
The movie is rated PG and that is mainly due to potty humor and rude language. If you want a more complete breakdown or list of specific incidences in the movie you can check out Common Sense Media. The movie is geared toward middle/upper elementary aged children and up so this to be expected in a film geared towards kids this age. I would not recommend this movie for kids under 5 as they may get bored if they are not used to watching anything other than animated television shows.
If you haven’t seen it already, here is the trailer for the newest installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie Series “The Long Haul.”