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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

May. 19, 2017 USA90 Min.PG
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A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Original titleDiary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
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(22) comments

  • Theboss414May 19, 2017Reply

    Why?

    I got like…no words. How do you mess up this badly? I like watching
    movies its a thing of mine, but…..I just wasted my time watching this
    movie. There is no redeeming factor to this movie, absolutely none. Now
    look the original movies based on the books are mildly bad and are just
    enjoyable bad movies to watch if you’re below the age of like 12. But
    nobody should be forced to sit through this film. NO ONE. Does anybody
    remember #NotMyRodrick? Well they were right as you compare this
    Rodrick to older Rodrick, its like comparing Justin Bieber to Whitney
    Houston.

    This movie is full with fart and poop jokes and terrible child acting.
    Don’t force yourself to see this movie. You have kids? Take them to see
    Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 instead, if you already have then save
    your money for Cars 3 or something. Do not waste it on this.

  • Percival SvonMay 19, 2017Reply

    #notmyrodrick

    Wtf did I just watch? I used to love diary of a wimpy kid as a kid and
    I got really attached to the cast, so I was really disappointed by this
    movie. Greg looks like a third grader rather than a middle schooler and
    Rodrick is Asian… what the hell? I’m so glad most fans of the
    original movies are coming out in protest of this atrocity because YOU
    CANNOT STEAL MY RODRICK! REEEEEEEEEEEE

  • rannynmMay 19, 2017Reply

    Fun, Upbeat and Unpredictable

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul has the same wonderful entertaining
    impact as the rest of the series. For those who don’t know, Diary of a
    Wimpy Kid is a fiction comedy novel for children and teenagers written
    and illustrated by Jeff Kinney. Over the years, these books have been
    brought to life in films that have the same well-liked effect on the
    audience as the original books. I was and still am a huge fan of the
    Wimpy Kid series and I recall always being excited for the new book or
    the new film to come out.

    This film follows the Heffley’s taking a road trip to attend Meemaw’s
    (their grandmother’s) 90th birthday party. But of course, this trip
    goes off course thanks to Greg’s newest strategy to get to a video
    gaming convention. They flee from their parents, drive themselves to
    the convention, violate the no technology rule and many events take
    place that will make this not-so-family trip unforgettably crazy. Their
    family adventure turns into an experience filled with different funny
    moments you don’t get in a normal family vacation.

    My favorite scene of is when they are entering the grandmother’s house.
    Greg gets into a boat that is outside and he goes inside the house with
    it. Somehow, he slides into the house and makes it to the pool, thereby
    making a special entrance. This is a very funny scene because it shows
    how Greg’s delirious mind operates.

    The message that I get from this film is to never give up on what you
    want and don’t let anyone stop you. The film teaches this message in a
    funny and comical way. Gregory sees himself in a position that he
    doesn’t like due to something he does wrong so, he does what he can to
    clear his image. His way of doing it is to go to the video gaming
    convention and become famous. This is how Greg thinks he can fix this,
    by doing all these crazy things. But that’s not the important part. The
    point is that he goes out of his way to achieve his goal and he never
    stops until he gets it. I rate this film 4 out of 5 stars and recommend
    it for ages 6 to 15.

    Reviewed by Alejandra G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.

  • Sonny IsmailMay 20, 2017Reply

    Worth My Family’s Time

    I’m a fairly tough reviewer and critic, however I don’t review very
    often, and I wanted to contribute to this particular movie because of
    the ironic reviews from the media and professional critics. I have two
    girls – 7 and 5 years old – and the older one absolutely begged me to
    watch this movie. I also wanted to watch it from the trailer and from
    the prior movie editions I’ve seen in the past, however this one I was
    very hesitant on after reading up on the reviews. After reading one
    specific review right before mine, I decided to take the plunge. I felt
    like kicking myself afterwards since I don’t like wasting my time and
    energy on worthless movies these days. I’ll just get to the point: This
    movie was so awesome and family oriented. A lot of laughter and humour
    and just good, quality family bonding chemistry in the picture… And
    the positive energy transfers over to real life as well… I would
    honestly rate this movie between a 7 and a 8, so I rounded up because
    it is well-deserved. My kiddo reads the books after the series as well.
    I admire all the creativity and work put into these series, especially
    this one as well. They say this one is not the same, but I beg to
    differ. This one is also worth the watch – every single bit if not
    more. Go see it with your family if you are hesitant like I was!

  • tcgreen-13856May 20, 2017Reply

    Great Movie!

    I don’t know why everyone is hating on this movie so much. It was
    absolutely hilarious! Sure they replaced the original actors, but the
    new ones portrayed the characters very well. It was a highly
    entertaining story and it is nice to see a comedy movie that is
    actually funny without being dirty for once! Ignore the bad reviews and
    go see it!

  • CJ (cjroosen)May 20, 2017Reply

    Humor only a 6 year old would laugh at

    I went to this movie with very low expectations, and I was very
    disappointment by this movie. I am a huge fan of the Wimpy Kid book and
    movie series, so when I heard they were making a fourth movie I was
    very happy. Those feelings did not last. The acting is very bad, the
    humor is so gross and forced and the new actors do not capture the same
    likeness as the old actors. Many of the jokes revolve around poop,
    farts and throw up. What made these jokes worse was that they were
    executed poorly. The only good thing about the movie was that the
    ending scene was very cute and actually made me smile.

    If you wish to see the movie, wait a couple of months and rent it, it
    is not worth the ticket prices.

  • tanya-713-254049May 20, 2017Reply

    So disappointing, my son and I walked out.

    Definitely one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. The dialogue, the
    acting (I am embarrassed for Alicia Silverstone. It’s been way too long
    honey. Did you need the money this badly? Maybe write another vegan
    cookbook?) I have only walked out of a movie theater once before in my
    life because it was too violent. But I tried to hold out on this,
    hoping it would redeem itself, or there would be some funny little
    tidbits, but no. My son and I were cringing throughout the entire first
    half of the film and I finally gave in to his requests, could we PLEASE
    leave?! The first three Diary of a Wimpy Kid movies were funny. We own
    them. We’ve been huge fans. WHY make this? And when I saw the budget
    was an estimated $20,000,000 I was aghast! Great movies have been made
    for less than 2M. How did this even make it to theaters!?

  • khanhassaan2010May 20, 2017Reply

    It’s heartwarming, emotional and charming for families, it’s unforgettable.

    I went to see this with extremely low expectations but it proved me
    wrong. The film was so funny but at some points the ‘poo’ jokes kind of
    ruined it. However, the film impressed me with its plot line and
    amazing acting. The film reflects our reality of families and how we
    shouldn’t limit ourselves, we can do so much more as families and this
    film shows that perfectly with some laughs along the way. I truly
    enjoyed how the film captivates the bond between families which can be
    enjoyable, fun, caring and sometimes awkward. I really hate to see the
    fact that the film is negatively rated and reviewed when clearly this
    film measures up to be one of the best films of the year.

  • SuzanneMay 21, 2017Reply

    Age appropriate fun

    OK, so I’ve seen the Godfather movies – all of them. I’ve read some big
    books too – the ones with lots of words and no pictures. I’ve also
    watched The Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Long Haul and do you know what?
    It’s OK! I laughed, my 7 year old son laughed. We spent a pleasant hour
    and a half in the cinema. Does it deserve the 2/3 star reviews? Not
    really. Have I sat through worse kids films? – of course I have – and
    I’m sure most people with kids have too. I preferred Hotel Tansylvania,
    Flushed Away was funny the first twelve or thirteen times. This film is
    alright.. Watchable… Worth your time even. Give it a go. It’s not
    long before the Emoji Movie is out so count your blessings.

  • Courtney FordMay 21, 2017Reply

    Better than expected

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • good-decisionMay 21, 2017Reply

    A weapon of mental torture

    I went to watch it using my limitless card, otherwise I would have
    asked for my money back. I would not be PAID to watch this movie. It is
    this bad! I sat through it for one reason only: to see if I have the
    mental strength to endure a possible future colleague or in law who is
    as boring, dull, and dim witted as this story line. What the heck was
    that?? Studios have enough money and time to write that epic bullshit?

    The good: it ends… eventually! The bad: ALL of it! Alicia Silverstone
    took my will to live. Why does she exaggerate her lip movements so much
    to the point it looks like she’s suffering from an affliction? I know
    she’s pretending but in some scenes she just talks without the circus
    going on on her mouth.

    The movie is this bad I’ve taken note of the director’sname for me to
    never watch a movie by him ever again. .

  • khanz-35314May 21, 2017Reply

    Best Comedy Movie Of The Year!!!!

    This film made me cry!!! Why do people hate this. I actually first
    watched it alone but then I realised I should watch it with my family
    and I was able to connect with it so much more!!!!! I think that in the
    film industry we should look for films that aren’t there for commercial
    purposes like ‘Justice Leauge’ and ‘Cars 3’. This film had amazing
    acting and a great plot which was humorous and sad at points. I really
    loved the use of 90’s music it really showed the family’s connections.
    I personally really enjoyed it, this film should at least be 7/10 not
    3/10 that’s so underrated, I also can’t believe that critics hated it
    because this film is fabulous.

  • donjohngoneMay 21, 2017Reply

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long haul – Simply put – don’t waste your time on this awful attempt to resurrect the past!

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Long Haul, simply put, is a bad Film.

    Summing up The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long haul = Predictable
    dialogue, predictable action, predictable repetitive jokes from the
    past, a lousy no-chemistry cast, and profoundly boring. The fact that
    everyone in the cast comes off as ”acting” is just another nail in the
    coffin.

    About 98% of the reviews on Long Haul point out how bad the movie is.
    Variety and Hollywood Reporter gave it some kudos. Which shows that a
    big studio, like Fox, can still ”Pay Off” reviewers in an attempt at
    not making the film a ”total bust”, which it is.

    You had an iconic cast in the first 3 movies that were excellent. The
    original cast had charm, chemistry, great interaction, and made 3 very
    entertaining movies based upon Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    series. This movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Long Haul, just doesn’t
    connect at all.

    The Long Haul film is sort of like a stand alone idea created in an
    attempt to ”con” the public into thinking this is a continuation of the
    original three movies. It is nothing of the kind. The movie is so bad
    on all accounts that 20th Century Fox had to go out and try and get the
    original cast members to say something nice about the movie. But that
    just came off as a ”cheap hustle”.

    The story and performances are not funny. This movie reeks of
    predictable action and dialogue, as well as a cast that are, simply put
    – just bad, without cohesiveness or chemistry.

    Our 4 kids, my wife and I really enjoyed the first 3 Wimpy Kid movies
    and we watch them over again, to this day. I don’t think anyone could
    ever take the place of Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley, even though a
    very weak attempt was tried. Gordon ”was” Heffley and performed
    masterfully as the main character and kept true to the personality of
    Kinney’s book series character. In the Wimpy Kid, Long Haul, the part
    of Rowley, which was so prominent in the first 3 movies and in Kinney’s
    book series, has been completely downplayed to almost non-existence,
    with little screen time. Let’s not even talk about the actor who they
    chose to play Rowley – what an amateur and not believable in any way.

    The actor who plays Rodrick came out of ”left field” and is a farce in
    that he doesn’t fit the character of Roderick both in physiology and
    performance. He doesn’t match the characterization as written by Jeff
    Kinney. Devon Bostick (the original Rodrick) could surely have played
    the part since Hollywood uses 25-35 year-old’s to play Jr. High and
    High School kids anyway. In addition, attempting to replace Rachel
    Harris and Steve Zahn with Barrymore and Tom-Everet makes it all an
    underwhelming, futile attempt at movie making.

    This is a movie that should never have been made. The original movies
    were fun and entertaining. Wimpy Kid, Long Haul is an empty attempt to
    make money as an ”after-thought” and rip off the public because Fox was
    too stupid to make 6 back-to-back Wimpy movies, which they could have
    done, when they had the opportunity. Apparently, 20th Century Fox is
    not a pro-active or foresightful studio as, for example, Warner
    Brothers or Universal would have been. Ie: Warner Bros shot Harry
    Potter movies back to back. Fox could have easily made 6 Wimpy Kid
    series movies from the original cast long before they matured and
    everyone would have been happy.

    Don’t waste your time or money on this poor attempt at resurrecting the
    Wimpy Kid movie world. If the studio had 1/2 a brain, they would have
    made this an Animation Film instead, which might have garnered some
    interest from the fans.

    Find something else to do with your own time or kids this weekend as
    sitting through the Wimpy Kid, Long Haul is just that – a boring long
    haul.

  • TheSonomaDude_ReturnsMay 21, 2017Reply

    Unbelievably bad. The writers think you and your kids are stupid.

    The other Diary Of A Wimpy kid films are nothing more than decent or
    average, but at least they aren’t as bad as this. I don’t know why this
    DOAWK entry is particularly awful, especially since it’s made by the
    same director, writers, and producers of the other films. The Long Haul
    is so poorly made that it should be shown in Filmmaking 101 courses as
    a ”how NOT to make a movie” lesson. In fact, not a single thing in this
    film is done right. Every character is stupid to the point where it’s
    completely unrealistic. The acting is almost universally horrible,
    especially from the kid actors who seem to have no idea what’s going
    on. The same background extras are reused in every scene, and most of
    them even look straight into the camera on multiple occasions. The
    story is cliché and the script feels like it was actually written by a
    10-year-old. However, more than anything else, not a single joke is
    funny in this film, and most of them make absolutely no sense at all.

    Here are some, not all, but SOME of the horrendous moments in this
    film:

    -A bag of Cheetos falls into a hot tub with Greg, resulting in him
    being dyed orange from the neck down. Not only does this make zero
    sense, but he then has a three-minute long conversation with his dad
    while still being dyed orange in his tighty-whities, and his dad never
    brings it up. Like ”hey son, why is your skin orange?” Nope, he never
    even notices it, as if it’s totally normal.

    -Rodrick confuses a safe for a microwave and locks their only food in
    the safe.

    -Rodrick confuses cinnamon roles for his brains and guts, and passes
    out from shock when he sees his little brother eating said cinnamon
    role, thinking he just ate a piece of his brain.

    -The youngest brother wins a piglet at a fair and somehow it’s all
    Greg’s fault, even though Greg had absolutely nothing to do with it.

    -The Heffley’s live in Ohio but it takes them two days to get to
    Indiana, which is a neighboring state.

    -Crashing into a soft bale of hay somehow destroys their van’s engine.

    -Throughout the entire film, Greg is being chased by a psychotic
    redneck family for no reason, but he spends the entire film keeping it
    a secret from his family. Why? Does he think he’ll get grounded for
    being stalked by a murderous redneck? Greg’ll run into them somewhere
    and tell his parents ”uh…I-uh, I gotta use the bathroom!” and runs
    away. At one point, they’re even like ”Greg, do you know that man?
    You’re acting strange.” And he’s like ”Huh? Who, me? I-uh, I never seen
    him! I’m not acting strange! Whoops gotta go, bye!” Perhaps if he
    actually did something to the man, like stole something from him, I’d
    get why he’d keep it a secret. But that never happens. Why he doesn’t
    inform his parents of a strange man trying to kill him is beyond me.

    -The family lose their luggage and it ends up being stolen by the
    redneck family. Instead of reasonably calling the cops, they decide to
    chase it down themselves. Later, the Heffley’s find the redneck’s car
    at a hotel. Again, instead of calling the cops, they decide to break
    into their hotel room and steal it back.

    -In the dumbest moment of the movie, while the Heffley’s are in the
    above hotel room of the redneck family, the mom decides it’d be best to
    clean themselves up using their shower. Yes. Right in the middle of a
    quick and stealthy burglary attempt, they say ”wow, we look dirty! We
    need to wash up!” and they decide to take a shower at the hotel room of
    the person they’re stealing from.

    There are much more moments like that, but I’d be here all day listing
    them. In fact, there is a horrendous, unfunny, or confusing moment
    roughly every 30 seconds of this film. There are reviews on here
    calling the acting ”fantastic” and the story ”amazing”, people saying
    critics are being way too harsh. No, I’d say the critics are exactly
    correct. None of the other DOAWK films come anywhere close to being
    this awful. They all had much better acting, directing, writing,
    stories, funnier jokes, etc. To the people who wrote positive reviews
    for this film; just because sad music plays over a scene doesn’t
    automatically make the film sad. Just because your 5-year-old liked it
    doesn’t mean it’s automatically a great film. In fact, as I was walking
    out of the theater, a group of young girls no older than 8 said ”that
    film was stupid!” I agree, little girl.

  • Twosocks DunbarMay 27, 2017Reply

    Genuinely funny with great performances

    I can’t understand why so many reviewers hate this movie. This is a
    genuinely funny, warm and silly movie that had my 8 year-old and I
    laughing throughout. For my daughter, this is the best Wimpy Kid movie
    so far. For me, Alicia Silverstone steals the show as the harassed mom
    desperate for quality, screen-free time with her family. I’m no fan of
    the earlier movies so have no baggage about losing the old cast. But
    one star? Objectively? Come on. This is funnier and more touching than
    most family movies us parents have to sit through. Forget the mob. I
    highly recommend it.

  • fudanchu-725-268123May 28, 2017Reply

    Constantly amusing

    This is not a highbrow film, but it is constantly enjoyable, without
    resorting to a lot of sentimentality, and with enough wit for even
    adults to enjoy. I went with three boys who have mixed interest in the
    books, and they all loved it. The script and direction are sometimes
    quite subtle. If you have seen the film, consider how Gregg initially
    tricks Rodrick into admitting a misdemeanor, and then the rest of the
    family pick up on it without any extravagant double takes. Or the clown
    pictures in the hotel rooms. There are a couple of extended Alfred
    Hitchcock references which are handled very well, in that they do not
    simply copy the originals, but draw humour from the contrast. The games
    convention and the Youtuber references are perfect — I have
    accompanied my kids to conventions and watched a lot of their videos
    and this is very accurate (you could learn a lot about youth culture
    from the film, even if you don’t have kids). And I thought it was great
    that Rodrick wore an Avenged Sevenfold t-shirt — the kid has class!

    Jason Drucker who plays Gregg is terrific — many scenes require that
    the camera stays on his face as he responds to events around him, and
    he is always natural and believable. Alicia Silverstone, not
    surprisingly, is a powerhouse — I would not want her as my mother, but
    I would cast her as Goneril or Regan in King Lear. Tom Everitt Scott is
    similarly wonderful.

  • georgeaehretMay 29, 2017Reply

    This movie needs to die a painful death

    I don’t know where to begin with this piece of crap. I hesitate to call
    this a movie or film. And for good reason. If Alicia Silverstone wants
    to get her career back, she can kiss that dream goodbye after starring
    in this thing. After seeing this and Rings this year, Tusk has some
    STIFF competition for worst film of the decade. I took a bathroom break
    in the middle of the film and I must say that me being in the bathroom
    for three minutes was the best part of the movie. And I RARELY say that
    about a movie. This movie is horrible from start to finish. The ”jokes”
    were cringe-worthy to say the least and it just pandered to parents
    whose kids were always on their phones. They have a discount Markiplier
    in the film and a knock-off version of Cheetos. Yet later they
    reference Mad Max (yes they actually said Mad Max) and mentioned
    Charlize Theron. So they exist in this universe but Markiplier does
    not? There’s a scene towards the end of the film in a shower that made
    Alfred Hitchcock turn over in his grave. This film is horrible and does
    not deserve to be watched by anybody. Watch the Ghost in the Shell
    remake or Get Out if you want to see a good movie. Hell, watch John
    Wick 2. Even that’s better. And I’m giving this one a 1/10.

  • LottMay 29, 2017Reply

    Good laugh for what it is

    Started a little slow, I think because I was used to the old cast.
    Don’t try to make more out of it than it is. I liked Greg better in
    this movie than any of the previous 3. He is not a jerk in this movie.
    I took my 2 daughters and we all enjoyed it. I laughed out loud several
    times and had a good time.

  • hel dang ([email protected])May 30, 2017Reply

    The story was about Greg going to a road trip with his family.

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

  • buildersentMay 30, 2017Reply

    Funny KIDS MOVIE

    For everyone trashing this movie, remember the audience it is aiming
    for.

    It’s a funny movie for kids. Every kid in the theater was laughing and
    enjoying it. Were the jokes and action sequences predictable to an
    adult? Yes. Was the story pretty simple? Yes. Did the kids laugh at the
    film? yes.

    It’s a funny kids film and if the parents just view it as that they
    will enjoy it as well.

    The new cast does a good job but you know what – my 8 year old doesn’t
    remember the old cast because he wasn’t born when this series began.

    This is a good FAMILY film without any swearing, no violence, no
    nudity, nothing to worry about.

    It’s worth seeing and I hope this cast is back next year for another
    installment.

  • NotReallyHere68May 30, 2017Reply

    Get a life

    Really? Why all the crap reviews? This is meant for 8 year old kids, it
    was never going to be the kings speech. Please go to the cinema with
    realistic expectations and you won’t be disappointed. Went yesterday
    with the wife and three kids and we all thoroughly enjoyed it, and had
    a few belly laughs as well. Come on.

  • amesmondeMay 31, 2017Reply

    National Lampoon for a younger audience

    Greg Heffley (Jason Drucker) is looking forward to a long summer of
    just hanging out, but his mother forces the entire family to take a
    road trip for a relative’s birthday celebration.

    Wimpy Kid veteran David Bowers directs a briskly paced family comedy in
    the vein of National Lampoon’s (only a version for a younger audience).
    The cast include the familiar faces of actors Alicia Silverstone and
    Tom Everett Scott who are accompanied by some fresh faced new comers
    who play Wimpy Kid favourites Greg, Rodrick and Rowley. The players are
    forgivably not as settled into their roles quite yet but nonetheless
    are entertaining. Some editing aside Bowers offers a well made good
    looking film. Long Haul is a road trip where almost every outlandish
    gag is borrowed from another comedy but it’s put together well enough
    to get pleasure from. It also amusingly touches on the over reliance of
    technology within a family.

    If your child is a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, they’ll no doubt enjoy
    this one, it’s entertaining and lowbrow enough to also appease the
    moodiest of teens and grumpiest adults.

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