Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2010
***
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Chloë Grace Moritz, Karan Brar, Grayson Russell, Laine MacNeil, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn

Greg Heffley, a scrawny 11-year-old boy, is determined to become one of the more popular kids in middle school, but his first year turns out to be a painful series of abject failures. This comedy is based on Jeff Kinney’s popular children’s books. The characters (or caricatures, rather) are drawn with extremely broad strokes, but they are funny and well-played by the young cast. The plot is quite episodic, but there is a steady 90-minute flow of good gags. Followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.