Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (film)
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days|
|Directed by||David Bowers|
|Produced by||Nina Jacobson
|Screenplay by||Wallace Wolodarsky
|Based on||The Last Straw and Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney
|Narrated by||Zachary Gordon|
|Music by||Edward Shearmur|
|Cinematography||Anthony B. Richmond|
|Edited by||Troy Takaki|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||94 minutes|
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a 2012 comedy film directed by David Bowers from a screenplay by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes. It stars Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn. Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell, and Karan Brar also have prominent roles. It is the third installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series and is based on the third and fourth books in the series, The Last Straw and Dog Days. The film was released on August 3, 2012. It is also Bowers' second live-action film.
When the Heffley family attends a pool party at the local pool to start off the summer, Greg (Zachary Gordon) is found playing Twisted Wizard 2 on his PSP. The family meets a former trouble-making friend of Rodrick who is now a model student after attending a military school known as Spag Union. Greg's father, Frank (Steve Zahn) wants him to do something outdoors by swimming. Manny (Connor & Owen Fielding) calls Greg over to the baby pool. He laughs and says he is peeing. After Greg watches other toddlers urinating in the pool, to his horror, the show begins with Greg speaking to the audience about summer and that he and Frank have nothing in common. But at least if he stays a step ahead, Greg claims that he has a shot at a great summer.
On the last day of school, when last period almost ends, Greg attempts to get his crush Holly Hills (Peyton List) to put her phone number in his yearbook in addition to signing it. However, she is forced to leave with Patty Farrell (Laine MacNeil) before she can write the last two numbers. The school hallway is a zoo. While Greg finally makes it out, Greg attempts to ask Holly to finish, but she sees her sister before he can finish his request. A car comes by, and Holly is forced to leave for a ride. Meanwhile, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), who is advertising his band at Greg's school, falls in love with Holly's older sister, Heather Hills (Melissa Roxburgh). Rodrick interrupts Greg and attempts to make an impression on Heather, but in return, she runs over his foot.
Because the phone number is missing the last two numbers, Rowley and Greg tries to call every possible two numbers. Unfortunately for him, he never receives an answer from Holly. Later, Susan (Rachael Harris) makes a book club called "Reading Is Fun." Sometime later, Greg's best friend, Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) takes Greg to the local country club, which Greg intilitly just uses to get away from Reading is fun, but he takes a liking to it instantly due to the seemingly free food, the sparsely populated pool, and the fact that Holly teaches tennis there. While at the club, he arranges a tennis match the next day despite the fact that he and Rowley have never played real tennis. When Greg returns home, he finds his father has offered to sign him up for an internship at his job, but Greg makes up a hasty lie about having a job at the country club to get out of it and to go to the country club every day. The next day at the tennis match, it becomes painfully obvious that Greg and Rowley have never played tennis, and Holly teaches Greg personally.
At a party at Warren's, Greg's dad decides to get a dog for the family and to sign Greg up in the Wilderness Explorers (a parody of the Boy Scouts of America) to teach him responsibility after hearing it worked with Warren's sons. At the same party, Rodrick finds out that Greg does not have a job, and tells Greg that he will not reveal Greg's secret to his parents if Greg will take Rodrick to the country club to see Heather. Greg reluctantly agrees, and Rodrick attempts to make Heather fall in love with him, though his first attempt, which was to fake drowning in the pool so Heather could "rescue" him, ends horribly. Later that day, Frank gets the dog. Greg wants to name the dog Shredder or Ripjaw, but the names are too violent. Then Manny names the dog "Sweetie", who proves to be a handful after being walked through the town.
Rowley invites Greg on a family trip to their beach house near the Boardwalk. Just before Greg leaves, his parents give him a ladybug cell phone, which only allows him to call home and 9-1-1. Greg sees that the house that they are staying at is far away from the boardwalk. The Jeffersons play a game of "I Love You Because." When Greg has to compliment Mr. Jefferson (Alf Humphreys), he has no idea what to say. (He might have eventually answered, but whatever else he had to say is skipped). When they visit the amusement park, Greg convinces Rowley to go on the Cranium Shaker despite Rowley's conservative parents telling them to not go on scary rides and to meet them back in one hour. Rowley feels nervous since he had promised his parents. They get on the ride, and it is not a pretty sight. At the end of the ride, Rowley's parents find out, and they tell Rowley that they were searching everywhere and they were about to call the police to report him missing. Rowley feels guilty when they tell him that they are disappointed in him. At home during bedtime, he hates the sleeping situation, and Greg attempts to email his mother asking her to help him leave while Mr. Jefferson uses the restroom, but he accidentally emails everyone on Mr. Jefferson's contact list. Panicking, the next morning, when Mr. Jefferson finds out about the email Greg sent and ends up with 949 emails, Greg tries to escape by calling his parents using his ladybug, but when he pushes the house button the phone tells him that it cannot take his call. Calling it a piece of garbage, he tinkers with the phone, but he then accidentally presses the 911 button. The police arrive and attack Mr. Jefferson for having a knife in his hand. Greg is then sent home early, and Frank tells him that Rowley is a bad influence because Greg always gets into trouble around him.
Later, when Greg asks Rowley to take him again into the Country Club, Rowley lies and states he is not going there. Still, Greg sneaks in, pretending to be a member of the Jefferson family. He even impersonates a golf tournament champion named Roland Gropper when there's a new receptionist. After falling from the high dive naked, he runs into Holly and her sister (after putting his shorts back on) and manages to get Löded Diper a gig at Heather's 16th birthday party, much to Rodrick's delight. He meets Rowley, who tells him he had lied to protect Greg's feelings because his parents didn't want to invite Greg. He and Greg make up, however Rowley's father becomes infuriated that Greg has built up a massive fruit smoothie bill for $260 and tells Frank, who then finds out Greg does not have a job and is forced to pay himself. Greg's real identity is revealed to the manager and the new receptionist. Much to Greg's horror, he and Rodrick intercept a promotional package DVD from Spag Union directed to his father, and Greg fears that he is going to be sent there.
Rodrick tells Greg about the "Wilderness Weekend", where he can attempt to impress his Dad while out on a camping trip. Greg, hoping this may be his last chance to impress his Dad, goes there. However, their troop proves to be weak compared to Troop 42, led by Warren (Phil Hayes), who pitch their tents where Greg's troop was about to stay, forcing them to put their tents next to the bathroom. Greg and his friends overhear Stan and his sons mocking Greg's father and plan to set up a trap for revenge by putting a nest of ants in their sleeping backs and a sticky, honey-coated net. The net suceeds, but barley Greg escaped Warren while getting the ants on his hand. However, Warren's expensive tent gets destroyed, and Greg discovers that Troop 42 has not been camping but living off of excessive conveniences. When Greg steps up and takes the blame, defended by his 3 loyal friends, Frank is impressed and finds out about Troop 42's electronic convenience. Frank angrily confronts Warren as a phony, and Warren falls into the honey coated net that Greg, Rowley, Fregley (Grayson Russell), and Chirag (Karan Brar) made. As a result, Warren is chased by bees and a bear. Frank later takes Greg to a hotel and reveals he never liked camping. He tells Greg that he will not send him to Spag Union and that he is proud of him.
At Heather Hills' Sweet 16th birthday party, Löded Diper performs a rock version of Justin Bieber's "Baby" during an attempt to win over Heather. However, they end up ruining the party and humiliating her in the process. Greg apologizes to Holly, however she states she is happy as she felt that her sister deserved it. Then, Holly holds Greg's hand, implying that she likes him. The film ends with Greg, Rowley, and Holly swimming at the community pool with Greg's family eating hotdogs enjoying the rest of the summer.
- Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley, the Wimpy Kid.
- Devon Bostick as Rodrick Heffley, Greg's older brother.
- Peyton List as Holly Hills, Greg's romantic interest.
- Steve Zahn as Frank Heffley, Greg's father.
- Robert Capron as Rowley Jefferson, Greg's best friend.
- Laine MacNeil as Patty Farrell, Greg's nemesis.
- Melissa Roxburgh as Heather Hills, Holly's older sister
- Rachael Harris as Susan Heffley, Greg's mother.
- Connor & Owen Fielding as Manny Heffley, Greg's younger brother.
- Karan Brar as Chirag Gupta, one of Greg's friends.
- Grayson Russell as Fregley, one of Greg's acquaintances.
- Oliver the dog as Sweetie, the Heffley family pet.
- Phil Hayes as Stan Warren, Frank's nemesis.
- Jeff Kinney as John Hills, Holly and Heather's father.
An advance screening for the film was held on July 31, 2012.
In popular culture
The insane scenes of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days were parodied in the Robot Chicken episode "I'm Trapped". On Friday, August 3, 2012, a movie patron leaves the theatre where Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was showing. When an usher asks him if he enjoyed the movie, the patron punched the usher. On Monday August 7, 2012, 57 people at 20th Century Fox committed suicide in various ways due to the movie's insanity. A motorist is seen driving in his Plymouth Valiant to work. When the motorist hears an advertisment promoting Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days on the car radio of his Plymouth Valiant, he exits his Plymouth and stands in the middle of the highway and gets run over by Zachary Gordon's campervan, frightening Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Peyton List, Karan Brar, and Grayson Russell who are going to summer camp. The ending narration states that the insanity from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" had claimed 57 lives. In 2013, the English Parliament memorialized the terrible tragedy by establishing August 3 as "Wimpy Kid Day."
The film has received mixed reviews. It holds 51% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the general consensus stating "Overly familiar and a bit too reliant on slapstick, the sitcom-like Dog Days fails to improve upon previous installments and will likely appeal to few outside its target audience."  On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews." Abby West of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+ and wrote "Though often self-centered and conniving, Greg remains a likable kid, and the movie entertains by pulling off over-the-top scenarios that set up digestible life lessons for youngsters."
Despite the film being able to recoup and make more than thrice its budget, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was a box office bomb in the Philippines, possibly due to lack of promotion or competition with The Bourne Legacy, The Expendables 2, and the 2012 remake of Total Recall.
|2013||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Movie||Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days||Nominated|||
|Favorite Movie Actor||Zachary Gordon||Nominated|
|2013||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||Zachary Gordon||Nominated|||
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor||Robert Capron||Won|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor||Karan Brar||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress||Laine MacNeil||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor Ten and Under||Connor & Owen Fielding||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Ten and Under||Dalila Bela||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Ensemble Cast||Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Peyton List, Karan Brar, Laine MacNeil, Connor & Owen Fielding, Devon Bostick, Grayson Russell||Won|
Dog Days has been described as the last live-action film in the franchise. In August 2012, while doing press for the film, Jeff Kinney, Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron each indicated that there were no plans for a fourth film, but did not dismiss the possibility entirely. Kinney replied to inquiries regarding the possibility of another sequel, stating, "At present, we don’t have a fourth film in development, but you never know!" And when describing the likelihood of starring in another film in the series, Gordon explained, "[Dog Days] most likely will be the last movie. The main problem is [the cast] is getting older. You can't stop it. There's no way to temporarily stop us from changing and growing up. You know, that's the problem because the characters are supposed to be timeless." In March 2013, Zachary Gordon stated in a Spreecast live stream that there would not be a fourth film.
Jeff Kinney has indicated that instead of doing a live-action film of the sixth novel Cabin Fever, he would like to see it adapted into an animated film, stating in an interview, "I hope that it gets made into an animated movie. I'd really like to see it turn into an animated television special".
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