The Gist: The middle child in this average American family has to deal with a winy and manipulating younger brother and a grumpy and abusive older one. His parents seem aloof to his predicament and several awkward and comical situations ensue.
This isn’t the first movie in the Wimpy Kid franchise so I don’t have a way of comparing it to what came before. As a standalone, it’s just your average teen flick, packed with jokes and situations geared towards getting a rise from middle schoolers, the target audience.
Not much else is there. The script is quite bare bones and the acting nothing more than acceptable.
The Bottom Line: While it can generate a few chuckles, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules doesn’t impress or leave anything in its pass. You can watch it with your kids if they’re into it as much as ours are and it’s pretty harmless.