March 25, 2011

Rodrick Rules Movie Review!

DAWK2_blog One of the fantastic perks of working for Scholastic is that sometimes when a new movie comes out, I get to see an advance screening of that movie. The studios, like 20th Century Fox, have a preview of the movie for "media" in a screening room somewhere in New York or L.A. So I pile into a tiny theater with other members of the media – like other web, magazine, or TV writers – and we get to watch the movie before it hits theaters.

In February, I got to see an advance screening of (drumroll please) Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (rated PG)! A full month before it would come out in theaters! And after being a fan of the books series, and looooving the first movie, I have to tell you I was psyched.

DWK2_Resized1 In Rodrick Rules, much like the book it follows, Greg and his tormenting older brother Rodrick are forced to get along by their mother. She devises a system of awarding them "mom bucks" for each hour of quality time they spend together. Of course Rodrick loves making Greg's life miserable, so we know there's gonna be problems.

When their parents leave them at home alone overnight, Rodrick throws a party, and locks Greg in the basement. But after Greg gets free, they end up actually having a good time together and bonding. Until Greg is forced to tell his mom what happened, and Rodrick finds out. 

Along the way, there are tons of hilarious moments. It was especially fun to see the drawings from the book come to life. Like when Greg sat on a candy bar on the way to church, and was forced to go into church with "poop" on his pants. Or when Greg gets stuck in the ladies room at grampa's retirement home, and is mistaken for a Peeping Tom.

And one of my LOL moments came when Greg and Rodrick landed in a dumpster outside a convenience store. I won't tell you what happens. . . but I will tell you it involves a rat.

I can't decide if I liked Rodrick Rules or the first movie better. I'm still on the fence. But overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the sweet story of brotherly love. The movie definitely played on that more than in the book. And I laughed my pants off at the torture it involved! And like in the movies, everything always turns out all right.

What do you guys think? Are you Wimpy Kid fans? Have you read the interviews with the actors here last week? Will you see the movie? Drop a line and let me know in the Comments.

And for more Wimpy Kid coverage, check out this report from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps. One of their lucky reporters even got to attend a publicity event for the movie and chat with author, Jeff Kinney!

— Ratha, Stacks Writer

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  1. Naoyuki

    I signed up as well. I’ve been making about as many comments as you as well. Atleast you remembered on the first day of the month LOL. I didnt’ start until today. Oh well. )

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  2. Megan

    The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were really fun to read. I loved the first movie and I cant wait to see Rodrick Rules.

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  3. bluedog1892

    the blog was very interesting and that the movie can connect boys that have older brothers or younger brothers.

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  4. bullchicken20

    diary of a wimpy kid is awesome i just saw the new one it is awesome it almost wanted to make me cry.it was like they threw a party and now like each other they got caught and now Rodrick is on a mission to wreck Gregs life my favorite part was the party i loved the party

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  5. Maija

    it already came out I saw it ind it wa AWWESOME TO DA MAX! It came out April 14th. I♥ diary of a wimpy kid !

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  6. purplrblack17

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  7. purplrblack17

    ooooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggglol love ur movie ha ha ha ha ha laugh out loud.llllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllll……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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  8. hawaii blue

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid is awsome!!!I especaially love the news reporter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Selena

    They say that the movie better. And it is! I mean that is my opinion. The book is o.k. I guess…L.O.L.!!!

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  10. NXT alpha rex 01101011101

    I’ve seen the movie “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” but not Rodrick rules! Although I don’t think Rodrick rules (my opinion) beacause he’s a bully! Gregory is the one I prefer.

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  11. ohhh101

    My parents r devorised and I live with my mom and i see my dad every other weekend!! I have the book at my dad’s house so I bearly get to read it but so far its a grest book. :) !!!

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  12. mellybird

    i luv it too. the movie and book are the best lol i luv it sooo much i almost peed myself when i watched in the movies!!!

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  13. silllymonkeys

    I believe that Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are great. I think I’ve read almost all of them!!!! I wonder how the movies are????? I haven’t seen any!!!!!!!!!

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  14. balveen07

    wow! I love diary of a wimpy kid! Jeff Kinney is funny and awesome to be a kids writer! Jeff Kinney is better than J.K. Rowling! BETTER THAN POTTER!

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  15. no1chocolategateau

    Great book and hopefully a great movie, but judging by the comments and the review not to mention the trailer the movie is going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Meghan

    I can’t wait! I have the first movie and have read every book! My favorite is the new book, The Ugly Truth! I own every single book! I am a HUGE Fan!

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  17. Magic Taco

    I have all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and I saw the first movie. I even have a Diary of a Wimpy Kid poster in my room. I cant wait too see the second movie. Diary of a Wimpy Kid rocks!!!! Peace

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  18. Johanny

    Diary of A Wimpy Kid is the best book that was ever written. I have all the books including The Ugly Truth and saw the first movie. I am probably going to see the second one on Sunday.

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  19. Kenna K

    It’s soooo ironic, because i like just an hour ago finished watching the movie the 2nd time.But anyways, i’m psyched to see the next one!!

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  20. kiki99

    i really want to see the movie and i will agree what all of you said because diary of a wimpy kid is like the best thing that has ever came out in history

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  21. Harlequin

    I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ DIARY OF A WIMPY KID IT IS THE GREATEST THING ON EARTH I WOULD MARRY IT IF I COULD IT IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. taylor lautenerlover

    i think rodrick is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  23. mystery101139

    I cant wait till the new movie comes out I AM A HUGE FAN OF DIARY OF A WIMPY KID. I LOVE THE BOOKS AND THE MOVIE!!! I HAVE READ ALL THE BOOKS AND CANT WAIT TILL THE NEXT MOVIE COMES OUT!!!!!!

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