Last week I did one of the bravest things I have done in my life and hosted a sleepover for my son’s 10th birthday. For the main event we took 13 kids to see Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul at Event Cinemas.
My boys had all been begging me to take them to see it and because the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series is universally loved (especially by boys), I thought it would be a pretty safe bet to keep the kids entertained for a an hour and a half.
The movie had only been out for a few days when we went so none of the kids had seen it yet and all were pretty excited. Actually, get 13 kids together after dark and everything is pretty exciting!
I must admit I did feel a little pressure: I wanted the movie to be good. I NEEDED it to be good to keep the kids contained for as long as possible. And wow – the movie sure delivered. It was awesome!
Everyone from my five-year-old to my 12-year-old nephew to my husband laughed the whole way through it. But none more so than me… I was quite surprised by how much enjoyed the movie. Most kids’ movies have a few laughs thrown in for the parents, but Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul kept me laughing pretty much the whole way through.
The cast is great. I have seen the earlier movies but I think this Heffley ensemble is the best so far. Jason Drucker who plays Greg is amazing and I love Alicia Silverstone’s portrayal of Greg’s long-suffering mum Susan. It took me a little longer to warm to the new Rodrick, but he grew on me too. The pizza in the safe scene was too funny!
Most kids will already know the plot from reading the book. It basically follows the misadventures of the Heffley family as they go on a road trip to attend Greg’s great grandmother’s 90th birthday. Unbeknownst to his parents, Greg changes the course so he can attend a nearby gamer convention. Of course madness and mayhem ensues, making for a great family movie with many classic moments (just make sure you look away when Greg and Rodrick go on the spinning ride at the fun fair… You’ve been warned!!)
Definitely a movie worth seeing, and definitely one parents will enjoy too.