Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Review

Disclosure: My daughter and I attended a free screening to facilitate our Diary of a Wimp Kid: The Long Haul review. All opinions are ours.

My daughter loves the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. She started reading them in second grade. Even now as a fifth grader, she wants the new books and reads them as soon as they arrive. She jumped at the chance to attend an advance screening of the new movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Review

(from left) Charlie Wright, Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott star in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

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About Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul will be released on May 19, 2017. 20th Century Fox provided the following synopsis:


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In DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL, based on the record-breaking book series, a family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course–thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to (finally!) become famous.

Directed by: David Bowers

Producers: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson

Cast: Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone

This is the fourth movie in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series. However, since it’s been 5 years since Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days was released, the roles have been recast. I don’t know why it made me feel old to see Alicia Silverstone as the mom since I’m older than she is.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Review

Overall, my daughter does recommend the movie to kids who enjoy the books. She said there are a few changes from the book, but that she likes the version. It definitely wasn’t the best “kid movie” I’ve seen, but it did have a few cute moments.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is a typical movie that is geared towards kids in late elementary school and tweens. Many plot points are telegraphed well in advance, and parents will also notice some plot holes and gravity defying moments. But, the kids won’t be as concerned about the advance telegraphing of the plot particularly if they have already read the book. They may also not notice the plot holes.

My Thoughts on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

The film is live action, but in the credits and a few scene transition, there are brief animated scenes in the style of art from the books.

The Heffley family sets off on a road trip. After deciding that her family is too dependent on their screen time, the Mother (Alicia Silverstone) imposes a device free policy on the entire family on the trip. Of course hijinks ensue as both Greg (the Wimpy Kid) and older brother Rodrick, and even Dad (Tom Everett Scott) scheme to get their devices back.

If you’ve never read the books, be warned that there is a fair bit of potty humor in the movie.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Review - Messy Family Van

L-R, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Jason Drucker and Charlie Wright star in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

Personally the other thing that caught me right away, was that the Heffley family mini-van appears to have Ohio plates on it. Then they talk about taking a 4 day road trip to Indiana. While they never said where they lived, and the state was blocked out on the plate, it bothered me a bit.

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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