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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Runtime: 90 minutes
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright
Director: David Bowers
Language: G/OMG-5; losers-2; holy mother-1; duh-1; diaper hands (several times); punk/punks-4; butt-1; creep-1; jerk-1; el dorko-1; an "I pooped" comment.
Violence: Violence played for laughs such as a boy spraying shampoo in a bad guy's eyes and a boy kicking his older brother; birds want family snack so they fly in through an open sun roof and attack family.
Nudity: Shirtless man and shirtless kids in hot tub; flatulence; kids and Mom and Dad in shorts; cleavage.
Other: Tension between characters; belching and flatulence; pig goes potty in a van although it is not seen; boy vomits on man on a ride at a fair; boys use cell phones when they are not supposed to; boys are disrespectful to Mom, saying she is the worst Mom ever, and lie about where they are going, but later change and she is given a heartfelt apology; a family steals from another family but get their stuff back; a young boy drops his pacifier, a pig gets it, then it winds back in the boy's mouth; a girl lies on a boy; a boy has to go to the bathroom in the car and we see a plastic bottle of urine; a kid is seen picking his nose; bird poop seen on family.
A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.
Okay, I admit it. I went into the screening for this film, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," with rather low expectations. But it won me over. It is laugh-out-loud funny in not just one, but several scenes. I don't want to give them all away, but in one scene young Manny wins a baby pig at a County Fair and the kids slip it into their van. The three of them—Greg, Rodrick, and Manny—are on vacation with their folks. When the pig decides to do its business, the look on their faces in the scene of the entire family sticking their heads out the window and crying for mercy is priceless. In another scene, when the family turns the heat on to try and deal with an overheating problem with the van (the idea is that the heat will be driven out and cool down the van), the cinnamon rolls in a can explode and suddenly they have gooey, and warm, dough on their heads and faces. All Rodrick knows is that he heard an explosion, and now he thinks he's been "hit" and his brains are hanging out of his head. His panicking is not to be missed. It is a very funny scene.
Greg and Rodrick do lie to their parents and sneak out to a game expo with an excuse they are going uptown to buy "Meemaw" a birthday present for her 90th birthday. But they are caught red-handed and later realize the error of their ways. Greg gives a heartfelt apology to Mom (Alicia Silverstone). They wind up sharing some memorable family moments, and, as Greg later explains, "I don't think we'll win any 'Family of the Year' awards but we definitely had an adventure." And the youngest, Manny, even learns some Spanish and uses it, thanks to Mom's Spanish language CD she plays in the van while they are traveling. There are a few crude moments in the movie, but there's also a lot to relate to and laugh about. We are pleased to present this movie our Dove Family-Approved Seal for ages 12-plus. Somebody in this movie will remind you of a family member!
Dove Family Approved: Recommended For Ages 12+
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