Story

Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) is a middle child. He has a cute little brother who’s always getting him into trouble and an older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), who pushes him around. Greg’s in 7th Grade and is no longer the new kid familiar to audiences of the first movie in this series. There’s a new girl in Greg’s class, Holly (Peyton List). Greg really wants to ask her out on a date, but most of his friends and Rodrick think she’s out of his league.

Rodrick keeps giving Greg a hard time until their mother (Rachael Harris) has had enough. She leaves them at home to work out their relationship rather than taking them away on a fun weekend. Their father (Steve Zahn) also bans them from having any visitors. Roderick disobeys and has a party, and Greg later covers for him.

Rodrick and Greg now have a new bond, and finally they seem to be getting along. Unfortunately, their parents find out about the party, and everything gets worse than before. Rodrick blames Greg for their punishment. But Greg is eventually able to do something for Roderick that changes everything.

Themes

Sibling rivalry; bullying

Violence

This movie has some violence. For example:

  • Greg and Rodrick physically and verbally fight. The fights often start because Rodrick bullies Greg.
  • Women attack Greg when he accidentally ends up in a women’s toilet in his underpants.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five. For example:

  • There are several scenes involving accidental harm, usually played for comedy, that might worry younger children.
  • Rodrick locks Greg in a dark basement.
  • Greg and Rodrick watch a spoof horror movie involving a severed foot, and scenes from this spoof are shown.

From 5-8

Younger children in this age group might also be disturbed by some of the scenes mentioned above.

From 8-13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie.

Over 13

Nothing of concern

Sexual references

Sexual references in this movie include characters talking about Greg’s crush on Holly.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

This movie has some use of substances. For example:

  • Greg’s parents drink wine with a meal.
  • Although it looks like the kids at Rodrick’s party aren’t drinking alcohol, their activities include drinking games and other behaviour that seems to be influenced by alcohol.

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

There is some product placement in this movie – for example, Apple computers.

Coarse language

This movie has some coarse language and crude humour.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules is a comedy about family relationships, especially those between siblings. You might be worried about primary school-age children imitating parts of this movie, including the teasing and bullying, the crude humour and the behaviour during the party.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include trust, honesty and the importance of family.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as the following:

  • the difference between telling the truth and being insensitive – this comes up when Greg is rude to his grandfather after getting into trouble for lying
  • how far you should go to be liked by someone – this comes up when Greg takes up bad habits to bond with Rodrick.