Movie Review: ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’

Review by Monique Thompson

A family road trip to grandma’s 90th birthday celebration takes a wrong turn when a boy hatches his latest scheme to become famous.

The Heffley clan has an entire makeover in the latest installment of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series. I mean considering the family is still at the same point in their lives (age wise) there’s certainly no way the original cast could have been used 5 years after the last one.

Fans aren’t too receptive to this new cast, mainly the new Rodrick (Charlie Wright). In previous films, Rodrick was played by Devon Bostick and despite his obnoxious character, he left a lasting impression amongst fans it seems. They have been pretty vocal about their disdain for the new big brother, even starting a #NotMyRodrick campaign. Even though the fans are in an uproar, Wright has done exactly what he’s supposed to do as Rodrick: be the annoying big brother to Greg (Jason Drucker).

DWK: The Long Haul follows the Heffley family on their road trip to grandma’s. Desiring to gain popularity for something other than embarrassing himself, Greg plans to sneak away from grandmas to attend a video game convention.

Ignore the fact there’s a new cast here and DWK: The Long Haul is an absolute treat, just like the other films. Alicia Silverstone is perfect as the ditzy yet extremely caring mother. This is the perfect family film, even with moments that just might make you want to use some of the family bonding techniques used in the film. While the new Rodrick may not be as good looking as the previous, who’s actually coming to see DWK for eye candy?!? This film is a lot of fun, just as it should be.

STARRING: Jason Drucker, Owen Asztalos, Charlie Wright, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott

In theaters May 19th

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