Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (film)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Dog Days movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Bowers
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Screenplay by Wallace Wolodarsky
Maya Forbes
Based on The Last Straw (uncredited) and Dog Days 
by Jeff Kinney
Starring
Narrated by Zachary Gordon
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by Troy Takaki
Production
company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million[1]
Box office $77.1 million[2]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a 2012 American 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.[3]

The film was released on August 3, 2012. It is also Bowers' second live-action film. Although the film is based on the third and fourth Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, there is a scene based on a part of the first book, where Greg's dad, Frank, is trying to unplug Greg's video game system, but does not know how to.[4]

Plot[edit]

The Heffley family attends a pool party at the local pool, where the family meets a former trouble-making friend of Rodrick (Devon Bostick) who is now a model student after attending a military school known as Spag Union, into which Greg's dad Frank (Steve Zahn) thinks about enrolling Greg.

During summer, Greg's summer starts off roughly, with his video games confiscated due to Frank's vision of Greg's laziness, and his mother Susan starting a reading club. Frank is also getting jealous of the neighbor's athletic kids. Frank and Greg are forced to bond with each other; however, their bonding activities are causing one disaster after another. Greg's best friend, Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron), takes Greg to the local country club, which Greg enjoys the lifestyle there and the fact that his crush, Holly Hills (Peyton List), teaches tennis there. When Greg returns home, he finds out that Frank had signed him up for an internship at his job without getting paid and Frank didn't talk to Greg about this before signing him up, but Greg escapes it by lying about already having a job at the country club in order to save his fun summer.

Rowley invites Greg on a family trip to their beach house near the Boardwalk. Before leaving, Greg's parents give him a starter cell phone called a Ladybug, which only allows him to call home or 911. Greg eventually dislikes the lifestyle there, and attempts to escape. However, when he tries to call home using his Ladybug phone, the phone rejects his call, and then he inadvertently calls 911 and the police arrive, almost leading to the arrest of Rowley's father, and Greg is then exposed and sent home. Rowley doesn't allow Greg to tag along with him to the country club because of the beach house incident, but Greg sneaks in. He meets with Holly and her sister Heather, and manages to get Löded Diper a gig at Heather's sweet sixteen, much to Rodrick's delight. Rowley and Greg quickly make up; however, one morning, Greg is finally exposed when Rowley's father becomes infuriated that Greg has built up a massive fruit smoothie bill, and Frank realizes Greg doesn't have a job. As a result, Greg receives a Spag Union disc, and he fears he will be sent there.

Rodrick informs Greg that the "Wilderness Weekend" could be a way to avoid Spag Union, and Greg goes there along with Rowley, Chirag (Karan Brar), and Fregley (Grayson Russel). Their troop proves weak compared to Frank's boss Stan's troop. After so many mishaps and Greg continues to mess things up, Frank tells Greg that everyone messes up. One day the boys overhear Stan and his troop insulting Frank, and Greg attempts to set up a plan for revenge by using traps, in which Greg finds out that Stan's troop has been using electronic conveniences rather than actual camping. Stan arrives at the tent, and in Greg's effort to escape Stan throws the tent into the campfire, in which Greg decides to tell the truth impressing Frank, and Frank confronts Stan with the electronic conveniences, Frank no longer respects Stan (throughout the movie Frank was jealous of him; however, finding out that Stan lied). Stan eventually falls in Greg's trap. Frank reveals that he never liked camping, and decides not to send Greg to Spag Union, much to Greg's surprise and delight. Frank gives Greg an advice about learning about mistakes and taking responsibilities. The two discover they are much alike than they realize.

At Heather's Sweet 16 birthday party a few days later, Löded Diper performs a rock version of Justin Bieber's "Baby" during an attempt to win over Heather. However, Rodrick accidentally knocks over an ice sculpture, resulting in chaos. Holly then implies that she likes Greg by holding his hand, and the final scene Greg describes his summer as not the way he expected, but had positive circumstances; and also describes the positive between him and his dad despite their flaws.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography began on August 8, 2011 in Vancouver and was completed on October 7, 2011.[5] The location for the country club pool was Eagle Ridge Outdoor pool in Coquitlam, BC. Filming at Eagle Ridge Outdoor pool took place during the end of August 2011.[6][7][8][9] The municipal outdoor pool scenes at the beginning and the end of the movie were filmed at Steveston Outdoor pool in Richmond, BC. Filming occurred at the Steveston Outdoor pool during the beginning of September 2011.[10][11][12] The Chinese Bunkhouse at the Steveston Shipyards in Richmond, BC was the location of the Wilderness Explorers cabin for Troop 133.[13][14] During filming, stars Zachary Gordon and Robert Capron, were seen riding the Corkscrew at Playland at Vancouver's fair, the PNE.[13] A poster was leaked in March 2012. A teaser trailer was attached to The Three Stooges.[15] An advance screening for the film was held on July 31, 2012.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received average 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."[17]

On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[18]

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."[19]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Nominated [20]
Favorite Movie Actor Zachary Gordon Nominated
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Zachary Gordon Nominated [21]
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

Home media[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was released on iTunes on December 4, 2012.[22] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on December 18, 2012.[23]

It was released on Redbox on January 15, 2013.[24]

Sequel[edit]

Dog Days has been described as the last live-action film in the franchise.[25][26] 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.[25][26][27] 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!"[27]

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."[25] In March 2013, Zachary Gordon stated in a Spreecast live stream that there would not be a fourth live-action 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." On July 29, 2016, it was announced that a new movie with new actors based off of the 9th book, "The Long Haul", is in production.[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Third "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" movie starts filming". All Headline News. August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Film List" (PDF). British Columbia Film Commission. August 9, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Eagle Ridge pool transformed for filming". Tri City News. Sep 16, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2014.  - Coquitlam’s Eagle Ridge Pool was recently transformed into a country club pool for scenes being filmed for the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days...the pool was closed for the last week of summer vacation ...
  7. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid filmed in Coquitlam". The NOW: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. September 14, 2011. p. 13. Retrieved May 16, 2014.  - The name of the film that caused the closure of Eagle Ridge Pool has been revealed: the third installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies is being filmed partially in Coquitlam.
  8. ^ "Coquitlam's Eagle Ridge Pool was recently transformed into a country club pool for scenes being filmed for the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.". Flickr. October 1, 2011. p. 13. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pool". City of Coquitlam. Retrieved May 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Filming in Steveston". Steveston Insider. October 10, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2014.  - Meanwhile, at the beginning of September, Steveston Pool became a very active and inviting pool party, filled with beach balls, pool floats and a snack shack, as a location for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3.
  11. ^ "Film Industry Activities in Richmond - Steveston Area". Hansard, British Columbia Legislature. July 22, 2013. p. 814. Retrieved May 16, 2014.  - ...and Steveston Outdoor Pool became the site of a pool party in Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3.
  12. ^ "Steveston Outdoor Pool". City of Richmond. p. 814. Retrieved May 16, 2014. .
  13. ^ a b Director's commentary from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days DVD.
  14. ^ "Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site". City of Richmond. Retrieved May 16, 2014.  - ...the last surviving Chinese Bunk Houses on the Pacific Northwest Coast.
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  19. ^ Abby West (2012-08-10). "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days review". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  20. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards 2013". Nick.com. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
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  26. ^ a b "Zachary Gordon & Robert Capron Interview - Diary of a Unwimpy Kid: Dog Days". HeyUGuysBlog. 3 August 2012. 
  27. ^ a b Michael Cavna (3 August 2012). "Jeff Kinney on the challenges of his latest film, 'Dog Days'". The Washington Post. 
  28. ^ Elise Jonas-Delson (21 November 2011). "Q&A: Jeff Kinney". TimeForKids.com. Retrieved 30 December 2012. 

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