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FutureStarrDiary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days
A remarkable and moving depiction of the world of middle school children, it turns out to be a lot more insightful that one would think.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a 2012 American comedy film directed by David Bowers from a screenplay by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes. It stars Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn. Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell, and Karan Brar also have prominent roles. It is the third (originally intended final) installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series.
A few days later, Rowley tells Greg he's not allowed to invite him to the country club anymore because of the beach house incident, but Greg sneaks in by impersonating club members. Rodrick figures out that Greg lied to Frank about his job at the country club, but after learning that Holly's sister Heather Hills is a member, who Rodrick has a crush on, offers to keep it a secret in exchange for Greg helping him sneak in as well. Greg meets up with Holly and Heather at the country club and gets Löded Diper a gig at the latter's sweet sixteen party, to Rodrick's delight, and he reconciles with Rowley. One morning, after Frank drops Greg off at the country club, Robert confronts them over Greg's purchase of $260 worth of smoothies, which Greg admits he thought were free. Frank mentions that Greg has a "job" at the country club, but the manager denies this and states that they do not employ minors. Learning the truth of Greg's deception, Frank confesses his disappointment with his son. Shortly after, Rodrick reveals to Greg that a Spag Union disc has been mailed to them, to the latter's horror. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
At Heather's party a few days later, Löded Diper performs a hard rock cover of "Baby" with Rodrick on lead vocals to try to impress Heather. The performance goes awry when he accidentally knocks over a huge ice bust of Heather, causing her to try and assault him with a microphone stand, only for her to smash a chocolate fountain, ending the party in disaster. Greg feels sorry for Holly, but she then holds Greg's hand, and in the final scene, Greg, Rowley, and Holly hang out together at the public pool. Greg remarks that he may look back on it as the best summer ever.
Matt Mueller of OnMilwaukee gave the movie a negative review, calling it "manic, forced, predictable, scatterbrained and often times unpleasant." Mueller criticized the movie's "overstuffed screenplay" for being "very attention-deficit, cramming in numerous wacky plot elements, most of them solely existing for predictable jokes that were met in my screening with interminable silence." He wrote that "[s]ome of the storylines could've made for decent movies on their own," particularly the one where Greg joins the Boy Scouts, but that they were only brought back "when the screenplay needs another forced comic set piece or ill-fated attempt at wringing unearned emotion." Mueller disliked Greg's behavior, writing "He's lazy and wildly selfish, taking advantage of his friend's unbridled kindness. His trip with Rowley's family ends with Greg insulting the entire clan and getting the dad arrested by the police. Later in the film, he runs up the family's bill sneaking into the country club. What part of this behavior is charming?" The review concludes with Mueller writing, "In Dog Days' lone earnest moment, Rowley astutely explains that his parents' disappointment is worse than their yelling. In that case, I'm not angry that a movie like this can take the joys of childhood and make them so joyless and unpleasant. I'm disappointed." (Source: en.wikipedia.org)