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 poster
Directed by David Bowers
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Screenplay by Wallace Wolodarsky
Maya Forbes
Based on The Last Straw and Dog Days 
by Jeff Kinney
Starring Zachary Gordon
Devon Bostick
Steve Zahn
Peyton List
Robert Capron
Narrated by Zachary Gordon
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by Troy Takaki
Dune Entertainment
Color Force
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 3, 2012 (2012-08-03)
Running time
94 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 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 and final 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 it's 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 doesn't know how to.[4]


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, in which Greg's father, Frank (Steve Zahn) is thinking about the school. Frank wants him to swim. 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.

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 crazy. While Greg finally makes it out, Greg attempts to ask Holly to finish, but she sees her sister before she 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, but they give up after calling their gym teacher. Later, Susan (Rachael Harris) makes a book club called "Reading Is Fun."

During the summer, his father wants his son to go outside and play just like the other kids in the neighborhood because his father is shallow and jealous; however, when Greg didn't do it, his father shuts off the video games. His mother scolds Frank and suggested to spend time with him due to the fact that Frank's father never did spend time with him. His father begins doing activities with Greg; however, Greg keeps messing things up due to his clumsiness and his wimpy ways. Sometime later, Greg's best friend, Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) takes Greg to the local country club, which Greg intilitely just uses to get away from Reading is fun, but he takes a liking to it instantly due to the food that looks free (although Greg finds out it isn't), 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 without getting paid and Frank wants Greg to spend time with him, 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 starter cell phone called a "Ladybug," which only allows him to call home or 911. 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. 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 home 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 almost arrest Mr. Jefferson for coming to the door with 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. However, Greg still 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, one morning, 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 insulting 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 succeeds, but Greg barely escapes Warren while getting the ants off 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 a few days later, Löded Diper performs a rock version of Justin Bieber's "Baby" during an attempt to win over Heather. However, things take a turn for the worse. Rodrick doesn't pay attention to what he is doing and he knocks over an ice sculpture. Heather loses her temper and smashes a chocolate fountain which splashes all over Heather, Rodrick, and Heather's friend, Madison, and the party ends in disaster. 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 narrating that even though he and his father don't see eye to eye; however, there is a few things that they have in common. Finally, Greg, Rowley, and Holly are seen swimming at the community pool with Greg's family eating hot dogs enjoying the rest of the summer.



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 313.[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 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."[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]


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]

Future adaptations[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".[28]


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