Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (film)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Bowers
Produced byNina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Screenplay byJeff Judah
Gabe Sachs
Based onDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
by Jeff Kinney
StarringZachary Gordon
Devon Bostick
Rachael Harris
Robert Capron
Steve Zahn
Connor and Owen Fielding
Peyton List
Karan Brar
Music byEdward Shearmur
CinematographyJack N. Green
Edited byTroy Takaki
Allan Joseph John
Distributed by20th Century Fox[1]
Release date
Running time
96 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$21 million[2]
Box office$72.4 million[3]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is a 2011 American comedy film[4] based on Jeff Kinney's book of the same name with a couple of elements from The Last Straw. The film stars Zachary Gordon and Devon Bostick. Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, and Peyton List also have prominent roles.

The film was released on March 25, 2011 by 20th Century Fox. The film earned $72.4 million on a $21 million budget. It is the second installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series preceded by 2010's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and followed by 2012's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.


The Heffley family attends a party at a roller rink, where Greg Heffley reunites with his best friend Rowley Jefferson, meets a new girl at school named Holly Hills whom Greg instantly has a crush on, and reveals he passed on the Cheese Touch. During the party, his older brother Rodrick advises Greg to ask Holly to skate with him when Couples Skate begins and then interferes with Couples Skate by persuading a crowd of violent teenagers to enter the rink, along with replacing "Always" by Atlantic Starr with a heavy metal song. This prompts Greg's parents, Frank and Susan (who misunderstand this) to speak to Greg on the rink's public address system and then carry him off the rink. Greg, enraged at Rodrick for humiliating him, tries to tackle him, but he misses and in turn, lands in a little girl's birthday cake. She and her friends then furiously proceed to beat up Greg as the intro starts.

On the morning of the first day of school, as Greg and Rodrick are about to leave, Susan makes an effort to have them bond by doing some things together by using her methods called "Mom Bucks", but it makes things worse as Rodrick cheats her system. At school, Mr. Draybick, one of Greg's new teachers immediately dislikes him due to his relation to Rodrick, therefore making the teacher assume that Greg will be as bad. After school, a community talent show is advertised on TV; in which Rowley sees it as an opportunity to perform magic, and Rodrick sees it as a big break for his band, Löded Diper. However, Greg rejects the idea of doing the magic.

At church, Greg and Rodrick are grounded after a scuffle due to Rodrick humiliating Greg by placing a chocolate bar on Greg's seat in the car on the way, causing Susan to get upset about what others think of her, and her family's reputation being ruined; after which, they are forbidden to go to a family trip to a water park the following weekend, nor inviting people over, and told that they must bond. However, Rodrick defiantly disobeys his parents' orders, and throws a party. Before the party starts, Rodrick tricks Greg into going into the basement to grab chairs and locks him in. Greg finds a phone and calls Rowley to get him out, but once he arrives, Rodrick locks him in with Greg. After a phone call from Susan, Rodrick releases them from the basement and hang out at the party.

The next morning, Susan calls and says that they will be home early. Rodrick and Greg hastily erase almost all the evidence, but find out that the bathroom door is vandalized with graffiti. They replace it, but Greg finds out that the replacement door doesn't have a lock like the last one. Rodrick convinces Greg to deny everything as their parents and younger brother, Manny arrive. Susan however, later slowly began to discover the difference and questions Greg and Rodrick. Although Rodrick denies this, Greg nearly reveals the truth and convinces Susan to not to punish Rodrick. Convinced that Greg didn't reveal about the party, Rodrick starts bonding with him as a gesture of gratitude.

One night, after coming home from a night out, they are finally exposed when Frank comes across photos of the party and the Heffley's reputation is ruined again, and no one will support Susan's articles about siblings bonding anymore. As Susan and Frank decide on the boys' punishments, Greg tries to apologize to Rodrick, but Rodrick gets mad at him for getting them in trouble. As punishments, Greg and Rodrick both get grounded again, which includes Rodrick not being allowed to participate in the talent show. Completely devastated and heartbroken, Rodrick vows to get even with Greg.

The final part of their punishment is they have to stay at their grandfather's retirement home, in which Greg finds out that Holly is visiting her grandmother. Holly tells Greg that she can relate to Greg about siblings giving her a hard time; however, siblings will eventually get over it. Holly also reveals she is more patient and mature than her two sisters.

The next day, to humiliate Greg, Rodrick reads and steals Greg's diary — in which Greg has written about his crush on Holly — and attempts to hand it over to Holly. Greg, with only his underwear on, chases after Rodrick and takes the diary back, but he accidentally hides in the women's restroom and a group of angry women in the restroom think he is a "peeping tom" and they attempt to catch him, but fail. When Greg returns, Rodrick reveals to him that he taped the whole incident on a VHS tape from the security cameras in the retirement home.

At the talent show a few nights later, Rodrick finds out that he has been booted from the band by Bill Walter, a band member who recently joined; Rowley is unable to perform his magic tricks due to his assistant, Scotty Douglas, having stage fright. Greg, with a change of heart, helps Rowley and Rodrick out by participating in Rowley's magic act in return for allowing Rodrick to perform his band act. In the middle of the performance in the talent show, Rodrick fires Bill from the band for trying to kick him out. Before dropping Greg off at school the next morning, Rodrick gives him the tape from the retirement home in return for making it possible for him to participate in the show, symbolizing that they are not only brothers, but also friends.

In a mid-credits scene, Greg and Rowley have just finished posting the video that Frank shot of Rodrick's music act with Susan dancing on YouTube, and it goes viral instantly, making Greg and Rowley an internet sensation. However, an enraged Rodrick, having seen the video, shouts at Greg off-screen, "GREG, YOU ARE SO DEAD!!!"



Brad Simpson stated he anticipated a sequel movie if the first film is a success. "Our writing staff are writing a sequel right now, "Rodrick Rules," which would be based on the second book" ... "And, you know, we hope that the people to see a second movie, so that we are in position of going again right away and making another film. I certainly know that the fans would like to see all the books made into movies." Fox 2000 greenlit the sequel and Zachary Gordon returned as Greg Heffley. Steve Zahn (Frank Heffley) and Rachael Harris (Susan Heffley) also returned. The film was directed by David Bowers and the screenplay was written by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. Principal photography began in Vancouver August 2010. A few new characters appeared in the film, including Peyton List as Holly Hills. The trailer was seen with Gulliver's Travels. The website created for the first was updated for the sequel featuring pictures of the cast and a short synopsis of the film. The film was released on March 25, 2011. Talks of a sequel were announced after the release of the first, but was not officially announced until May 12, 2010, announcing that it would be released March 25, 2011.[5] Filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia and New Westminster, British Columbia from August 23 to October 27, 2010.[6] The mall scene was filmed at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver.[7] Director Thor Freudenthal was replaced by director David Bowers (Flushed Away and Astro Boy).


The film's trailer was shown with Gulliver's Travels on December 25, 2010. It was later online on January 3, 2011. A poster was released there after on January 14, 2011. In February 2011, an exclusive online-only trailer was released on the "Wimpy Kid Movie" YouTube channel, officialwimpmovie. Due to the success of the first film in Singapore, the film was released there eight days before the US release on March 17, 2011. The film was released in Brazil on September 16, 2011.[8] A TV spot of the movie was released in March 2011.

Home media[edit]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was released on a stand-alone DVD, a special edition double DVD pack, and a Blu-ray/DVD/digital copy combo pack on June 21, 2011. One of the bonus shorts was shown during iParty with Victorious on Nickelodeon at 8:00 PM on June 11, 2011.


Box office[edit]

The film made $7.3 million on its opening day, ranking #2 behind Sucker Punch. The film managed to rank #1 in the weekend box office.[9] In the UK, the film debuted at #3 in the weekend box office behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Hangover Part II. The film eventually grossed $52,698,535 in the US/Canada and $19,718,859 in other countries for a worldwide total of $72,417,394.

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 47% based on 98 reviews and an average rating of 5.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Moderately witty and acceptably acted, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 isn't much worse than the first installment."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 51 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a positive review saying, "Director David Bowers keeps things peppy and brightly lighted, but the movie's swiftest pleasures come from moment-seizing cast members." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it a positive review saying, "A little less wimpy, gives value lessons to the watchers from the cast, and still pretty funny" and a B rating. Pete Hammond of Boxoffice magazine gave it a mixed review stating "Even better than the first edition, in its own sitcom-ish ways." However, Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post gave it a negative review (38 on Metacritic), stating "You can't fault the filmmakers for reshaping a diary into a cohesive film. You can however, fault them for taking one of the great antiheroes in preteen literature and turning him into, well, an even wimpier kid."[13]


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Zachary Gordon Nominated [14]
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor Karan Brar Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor Robert Capron Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress Laine MacNeil Won
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Ten and Under Connor & Owen Fielding Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actress Ten and Under Dalila Bela Nominated


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  3. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules (2011)". BFI. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  5. ^ 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Sequel to Bow Next March Archived March 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Moviefone.com. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "BCFC Film List" (PDF). British Columbia Film Commission. October 2, 2011. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Movies Filmed at Park Royal Shopping Centre". MovieMaps. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Wimps rule, movie opens 8 days ahead of US".. StraitsTimes.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  9. ^ "Weekend Report: 'Wimpy Kid' Blindsides 'Sucker Punch'". Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  10. ^ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules at Rotten Tomatoes
  11. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 Reviews".
  12. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2017.
  13. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael. "Latest 'Wimpy Kid' too cute, insincere". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012.

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