This frivolous family flick rounds off the Wimpy Kid franchise and does just enough to amuse the small ones.
With the long school summer holidays upon parents, the question will rapidly arise, what to do with the kids? Praise be, then, that the third instalment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise is upon us, sturdily directed by David Bowers, he of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules fame.
Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) returns with his friends Fregley (Grayson Russell) and Chiarg (Karan Brar), and this time around, school is out for them too. With the summer vacation on the horizon, Greg wants nothing more than to rid himself of all responsibilities and rules.
His parents rapidly scupper his dream of a perfect holiday, however, and so with the world apparently against him, Greg ends up involved in a series of escapades that leave his father, Frank (Steve Zahn), threatening to send him to boarding school.
Fans of the series were disappointed when they discovered that two books were to be merged for the third cinematic instalment. However, with the young actors getting older, it's an understandable move. Choosing to blend the two stories does not distract from the enjoyment of this amusing family flick. Though while the humour is aimed at a level of younger audiences, accompanying parents may find the on-screen antics a little tiresome.
Some moments will test patience due to repetitive comic stereotyping, while Zahn’s performance as Frank is supremely indulgent. In general, the adult cast in general deliver weaker performances than the child actors. It's exactly as frivolous as you'd expect it to be, but the kids will probably tripping too hard on spangles and sherbet to really notice.
Continuing in the same vein and success of the previous films will undoubtedly keep fans happy
Kids will enjoy the scampish antics, adults not so much.
Whilst not ground breaking or original, it provides something to entertain the family, but will quickly be forgotten after this summer.