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 by David Bowers
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson
Ethan Smith
Screenplay by Jeff Judah
Gabe Sachs
Based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
by Jeff Kinney
Starring Zachary Gordon
Devon Bostick
Rachael Harris
Robert Capron
Steve Zahn
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Jack N. Green
Edited by Troy Takaki
Allan Joseph John
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $21 million[1]
Box office $72.4 million[2]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (sometimes known as Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules) is a 2011 American comedy film[3] based on Jeff Kinney's book of the same name with a couple 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 received mixed reviews from critics and it earned $72.4 million on a $21 million budget. It is the second film 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 attend a party at a roller rink, where Greg (Zachary Gordon) reunites with Rowley (Robert Capron), meets a new girl at school named Holly Hills (Peyton List) who Greg instantly has a crush on, and reveals he passed on the Cheese Touch. His older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) interferes with the party, embarrassing Greg and causing Greg to try and tackle him and he lands in Taylor Pringle's cake. Then she and her friends proceed to beat up Greg as the intro starts. Rodrick and Greg's mother, Susan Heffley, makes an effort to have them bond by going in their bedroom and doing some things together by using her methods called "Mom Bucks", but it makes things worse as Rodrick cheats her system. One day, a school talent show is advertised on TV; in which Rowley sees it as an opportunity to perform magic, and Rodrick sees it as the band's big break. However, Greg rejects the idea of doing the magic.

At church, Greg and Rodrick are grounded after a scuffle, 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 the water park, nor inviting people over, and told that they must bond. However, Rodrick does the opposite, and throws a party.

The next morning, Susan calls and says that they will be home early. Rodrick and Greg hastily erase all the evidence, but find out that the bathroom door is painted on with a graffiti; therefore, they replace the door, but Greg finds out that the replacement door doesn't have a lock like the last door. Rodrick convinces Greg to deny everything as their parents arrive. Susan however, slowly discovers the difference and questions Greg, in which he nearly reveals the truth. Convinced that Greg didn't reveal about the party, Rodrick starts bonding with him as a gesture of gratitude. One night, they are finally exposed when Frank Heffley comes across photos of the party and the Heffley's reputation is ruined again, and no one will support Susan's article about siblings bonding. Greg and Rodrick both get grounded, which includes Rodrick not being allowed to participate in the school talent show. Their punishment is to stay at the retirement home with their Grandpa (Terrence Kelly) is staying, in which Rodrick finds out that Holly is visiting her grandmother. To humiliate Greg, he steals his diary — in which Greg has written about his crush on Holly — and threatens to hand it over to Holly. Greg, with only his underwear on, chases after Rodrick and takes the diary back, but inadvertently hides in the women's restroom; Rodrick tapes the whole incident.

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 isn't able to perform his magic tricks due to his partner 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. The magic act is praised by Holly and the crowd, but people are unimpressed by Rodrick's music act until Susan starts dancing, then the crowd joins in. Frank tapes the entire footage of Susan dancing, agreeing with Greg to keep it a secret. Rodrick kicks Bill out of the band, and he gives Greg the tape from the retirement home in return for making it possible for him to participate.



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) will also return. 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.[4] Filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia and New Westminster, British Columbia from August 23 to October 27, 2010.[5] The mall scene was filmed at Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver.[6] 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.[7] 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 $7,300,000 on its opening day, ranking #2 behind Sucker Punch. The film managed to rank #1 in the weekend box office.[8] 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.

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 47% based on 97 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."[9] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 51 out of 100 based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[10] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[11]

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."[12]


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Zachary Gordon Nominated [13]
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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  2. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules (2011)". BFI. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' Sequel to Bow Next March. Moviefone.com. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "BCFC Film List" (PDF). British Columbia Film Commission. October 2, 2011. Archived from the original on October 27, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Movies Filmed at Park Royal Shopping Centre". MovieMaps. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ "'Wimps rule, movie opens 8 days ahead of US". . StraitsTimes.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  8. ^ "Weekend Report: 'Wimpy Kid' Blindsides 'Sucker Punch'". Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules at Rotten Tomatoes
  10. ^ "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 Reviews". 
  11. ^ "CinemaScore". cinemascore.com. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael. "Latest 'Wimpy Kid' too cute, insincere". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2017. 
  13. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on April 4, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 

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