For most kids, summer is the most anticipated time of the year. That's primarily because it's getting warmer and they get a ton of free time due to the fact that they don't have to go to school for a while. In the eyes of children, being out of school is one of the biggest rewards you can get. There's plenty of things you can do to have fun and you don't have to worry about school work. That's what the main character in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is expecting for his extended time off from all things school, but that may not be what he's going to get.
With summer arriving, Greg (Zachary Gordon) is preparing his dream vacation. He intends to spend the entire summer sitting in front of the television playing video games. Unfortunately for him, his father Frank (Steve Zahn) has other plans for him. He intends to get his son out of the house, because he wants him to be more physically active this summer. In order to avoid doing everything that his father has planned for him, the "Wimpy Kid" decides to pretend that he has a job. Doing this may or may not get him out of his father's plans, but it might not save him from the dog days of summer.with his friends,
Instead of having his dream summer vacation of video game bliss, Greg is forced to divide his time between hanging out with his friends, helping his older brother (Devon Bostick) meet the girl of his dreams and doing all he can to avoid his father's tasks. He also runs into a bit of trouble every once in a while as he meets some familiar foes from the previous film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. It's not all bad though, because his forced time away from video games also allows him to continue his pursuit of Holly Hills (Peyton List) when he gets the time and opportunity.
The story isn't a very deep one and it shouldn't be expected from a movie like this. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a family film that hopes to entertain children and I think that it does that for the most part. There are plenty of goofy scenes that kids can get behind while finding reasons to laugh with all of the precarious situations that Greg is thrown into.
It's the same formula from the previous film, but it contains slight alterations. As an example I'll point out the fact that he had a not so great relationship with his older brother in the previous movie of the franchise and in this film, he has some of the same issues with his father.They have nothing in common, but Greg still wants to make his relationship with his dad a good one and he's determined to bond with him in some way.
This part of the film's plot leads to just some of the many misadventures that Greg faces and all of it is innocent fun for the entire family. If I had kids, this would be something that I'd have no problem taking them to see. They'll most likely get a kick out of it and that's what it's meant to do. There's nothing ground breaking or new here. The creators of this franchise knows what this is and they know their audience. Due to the fact that this has been a successful franchise, I'm sure that's what the fans want out of it.
I'm not exactly the kind of guy who enjoys being around kids, but I think I know an entertaining children's movie when I see one. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days fits the bill in my opinion and it's something that's good for both kids and families alike. It gives them a chance to watch something with family values at it's core and there's always a place for that in my book. With so many forms of entertainment going away from those things, it's nice to see something like this being released to the masses every now and then. It gives families a chance to do something together and this movie in particular could inspire children to be more active in a positive way. That's never a bad thing.
Director: David Bowers
Film Length: 93 minutes
Release Date: August 3, 2012
Distributor: 20th Century Fox