Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
20th Century Fox
Reason for the Rating: Some mild rude humor and mischief
Plot Summary: Two brothers realize they have a lot more in common than they'd thought.PopFam Recommends: This is a great story for school-aged children. (Parents might even enjoy it as well.)
The Wimpy Kid series is back with a whole new problem. No more cheese touch, but now middle-school nerd Greg Heffley has to deal with the torments of his bullying older brother, Rodrick.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is about sibling rivalry at its best. When Greg's mother forces him to spend time with his brother, he quickly learns to play by Rodrick's rules. Greg is humiliated and relentlessly teased by Rodrick until the night they are left alone in the house and Rodrick throws a party. The two boys become friends after Greg agrees to lie about the party, keeping them both out of trouble.
Their friendship is short lived though. It doesn't take long before their parents both find out about the party. The rivalry is back on, and even worse than before. It isn't until Greg cracks and is willing to put his own reputation on the line to help his brother, Rodrick, that they finally come together again.
This story is great for children who can understand it. It deals with common themes that most likely take place within any family unit, and gives a satisfying ending. Most families deal with rivalry, especially during middle school and high school years. Those who are going through it, or have already experienced it will be able to connect to this movie and find humor as well as resolve.
Special Features include: "My Magick Summer" by Greg Heffley, and "My Zoo-Wee Vacation" by Rowley Jefferson.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• Why is it so hard, sometimes, for family members to get along?
• What do you do when you feel left out or bullied by someone our family?
• What can we learn from Greg and Rodrick to help us get better at getting along?
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