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This article is about the movie, for the book see Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Diary of a Wimpy kid 2.jpgTheatrical release poster
Directed by David Bowers
Produced by Nina Jacobson

Brad Simpson

Screenplay by Jeff Juddah

Gabe Sach

Based on Rodrick Rules & The Last Straw
Narrated by Zachary Gordon
Starring
Music by Edward Shearmur
Cinematography Jack Green
Editing by Troy Takaki
Studio Color Force

Dune Entertainment

Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) March 25th, 2011
Running time 1 hour and 40 minutes
Country United States, Canada
Language English
Budget $21 million 

Box office

$72,417,394

Preceded by

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Followed by

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Rating PG for some mild rude humor and mischief

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is the second film of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film franchise. It is based on the book of the same namesake and part of The Last Straw, combined into one film. It was released on Friday, March 25th, 2011 by 20th Century Fox, who distribute all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid films. This sequel features a returning cast that includes Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, and Steve Zahn as the primary characters.

It is considered a success, making $74.2 million on a $21 million budget.

Cast

  • Dalila Bela as Taylor Pringle, a girl who picks on Greg
  • Terence Kelly as Grandpa Heffley, Greg's grandpa
  • Alf Humphreys as Robert Jefferson, Rowley's father
  • Andrew McNee as Coach Malone, Westmore Middle School's Physical Education coach
  • Jeff Kinney as Jonathon Hills, the father of Heather and Holly
  • Melissa Roxburgh as Rachel Lewis, one of the high school girls who attended Rodrick's party
  • Maple Batalia as Melissa, one of the high school girls who attended Rodrick's party
  • Bryce Hodgson as Ben Segal, one of Rodrick's band mates
  • Christopher De-Schuster as Chris, one of Rodrick's band mates
  • Teryl Rothery as Mrs. Kohan, one of the editors of Susan's Musings
  • Serge Houde as Larry Salz, one of the editors of 'Susan's Musings
  • Jakob Davies as Scotty Douglas, Rowley's magic partner
  • Samantha Page as Shelly, one of Greg’s classmates.
  • Ava Hughes as Marley, one of Greg’s classmates.
  • Alec Willows as the church's minister
  • Jake D. Smith as Archie Kelly, a student who was Greg's partner in the school play
  • John Shaw as Mr. Draybick, Greg's strict History teacher
  • Sean Mathieson as the Mean Skater Guy that was at the Rocket Rollers Roller Rink
  • Michelle Harrison as the Wealthy Woman in Greg's fantasy
  • Kevin Kazakoff as the Wealthy Man in Greg's fantasy
  • Elysia Rotaru as Ingrid, a character in The Foot
  • Ben Hollingsworth as Terence, a character in The Foot
  • Graeme Duffy as the Master of Ceremonies (emcee) for Plainview's Most Talented
  • Mark Brandon as the Male News Anchor for WYXP6 News
  • Dawn Chubai as the Female News Anchor for WYXP6 News
  • Spencer Drever as Harry Gilbertson, one of the kids roller-skating
  • Michael Strusievici as the Crying Boy who cried after Fregley's ventriloquism act
  • Betty Phillips as Mrs. Evesham, a resident of Leisure Village
  • Sheila Paterson as Mrs. Bingham, a resident of Leisure Village
  • Brenda Anderson as [Mrs. Fiorkowski, a resident of Leisure Village and Holly Hills' grandmother
  • Doreen Ramus as Mrs. Cabbage, a resident of Leisure Village
  • Tae Helgeth as Mrs. Tan, a resident of Leisure Village
  • Monica Marko as Mrs. Anholtz, a resident of Leisure Village
  • Angela Moore, Darcy Michael, Manoj Sood, and Nancy Ebert as customers of the Kwik 4-U convenience store
  • Brianna Lake as the Goth Girl
  • Kai Kennedy as the Cowering Kid
  • Kyle Cornell as a party goer who attended Rodrick's party

Plot

The movie opens with Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) and his family at the roller rink, where he reunites with his best friend Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) and his classmates, Fregley (Grayson Russell) and Chirag Gupta (Karan Brar). He meets Holly Hills (Peyton List), who immediately becomes his love interest. Greg also says to Rowley that he tagged the Cheese Touch to Jeremy Pindle.

Greg, Rowley and Fregley eating pizza at the roller rink

Greg's older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), tricks Greg into trying to skate with her and starts attracting a mob of violent teenagers to enter the roller rink. Their mother Susan Heffley (Rachael Harris) and father Frank Heffley (Steve Zahn) misunderstand and humiliate him by speaking to him on the speakerphone and then carry him off the rink. Then Greg tries to tackle Rodrick, only to land on Taylor Pringle's (Dalila Bela's) birthday cake, and then kids punch and kick Greg.

Afterward, Mom has noticed that the boys haven't been getting along, devising "Mom Bucks" to pay them if they spend time together where they can trade in for one real dollar, but this unwittingly makes things worse. Meanwhile, Greg and Rowley try to make a funny YouTube video by Rowley lip-syncing to "Tik Tok" by Kesha; unfortunately (despite Rowley at one point sitting on a tinfoil ball with spikes made by Manny) it proves to be awful, getting only 4 hits. After a talent show is advertised on TV, the brothers see this as a big opportunity – Rowley suggests that he and Greg perform magic tricks, but Greg rejects the idea whilst Rodrick sees this as his band's big break.

On Sunday, the Heffley family goes to church but Greg is reluctant to go inside, as a melted 3 Musketeers chocolate bar, intentionally placed on his seat by Rodrick, has stained his trousers. Susan gives him her sweater to cover up the stain, but the cover-up backfires when Rodrick exposes Greg's pants. Then, the church people get shocked at Greg's pants. When Greg licked the chocolate, everyone was disgusted thinking it was poop. The boys ultimately end up in a scuffle on the floor and as punishment, they are to spend a whole weekend together to bond, while their parents leave on a trip to Rockin' Rapids. Against his parents' orders, Rodrick creates a party for his friends at the house and locks Greg in the basement. Rowley comes to "save" Greg, but Rodrick locks him in the basement as well, until a call from their mother results in Rodrick letting the two-out, in return for their silence on the matter.

The church.


Greg and Rowley screaming, thinking that The Foot has got them.

The next day, the two get a call from their mom, informing them that Manny got sick in Rockin' Rapids and they are returning early from their trip. The house is trashed, and the boys only have an hour to clean it up and erase all evidence of the party before their parents arrive home. When they see that one of the people in Rodrick's party wrote on the bathroom door in permanent marker, they replace the door with a different one from the basement. Afterward, Greg realizes that the new door does not have a lock, while the old one did. Greg privately discusses with Rodrick what they should do about this, so Rodrick tells Greg to "deny, deny, deny" if asked, never to admit to anything no matter how much they find out. When their mother notices this, she confronts both boys individually. Rodrick denies it, claiming he never knew about a lock, and therefore never used one as there was never one, to begin with. Greg confesses, but in order to prevent Rodrick from getting angry at him, he says that the party was only a band rehearsal, and the two escape punishment. Rodrick thinks Greg denied everything, and the brothers become friends.

The boys go out for a night of fun, getting smoothies and pulling pranks on unsuspecting people. However, one prank goes too farm, and Coach Malone chases them into a mall. They escape by tricking him at Plainview Mall and return home laughing, only to find that their father has come across photos of the party and discovers their mother knew about the party, to which he scolds her for not telling him and Rodrick scolds Greg for telling their mother and taking pictures during the party. As their father and their mother think about their punishments, Greg tries to apologize, but Rodrick only says that they are no longer friends. Greg is grounded for 2 weeks with no video games. Rodrick is grounded for 1 month and is not allowed to participate in the talent show. He is also only allowed to drive to school and back for 1 month. Rodrick begs them to give him a different punishment, but they refuse. Devastated by his punishment, Rodrick tells Greg he is dead. Then Greg and Rodrick spend the weekend with their grandfather in his retirement home. Greg reunites with Holly at the retirement home and bond over their mean older siblings and irritating little siblings. Greg writes his feelings in his diary believing running into Holly was a change of fortune, which Rodrick gets a hold of and reads out loud, waking Greg up. Rodrick then threatens to tell Holly and runs towards the lobby to do so. Greg chases after Rodrick in his underwear and manages to snatch away the diary. He runs to the bathroom, rips out the pages of the diary, and flushes them down the toilet. He discovers he is in the ladies' bathroom, but manages to escape the mob of angry women who think he is a "peeping tom". However, he finds that Rodrick caught everything on tape via a security camera and an old VCR and threatens to show it to everyone sooner or later.

At the talent show a few nights later, Rowley's performance is unable to take place, as his about-to-be eight-year-old assistant Scotty gets stage fright. Greg's mom says Greg will do the show with Rowley, but Greg refuses, saying that he will look humiliating. When Rodrick goes to his band, Greg follows and watches Rodrick's band member Bill Walter kick him out of the band he created. Greg bargains with his mom to allow Rodrick to perform in the talent show, saying that if she allows him to perform, he will do the magic show with Rowley. His mom agrees to this, and Rodrick thanks their mom, sees Greg and nods at him for letting him play. The magic show is a hit with the audience and Holly meets Greg and Rowley backstage to tell him she loved their show. However, Patty Farrell says it was "pathetic" and got bird poop dumped on her. Rodrick and his band performed but the crowd is not impressed, until they see Greg's mom dancing and start to dance along. Greg is happy for finally having fixed the problems with his family.

Rodrick drives Greg to school, as the boys have now forgiven each other. Rodrick also gives him a tape containing that "embarrassing moment" at Leisure Towers. The boys then create a new friendship, realizing it is fun to have a brother. Later, Greg and Rowley put the video of the talent contest on YouTube and call it "Lame Band with Crazy Mom Dancing" which becomes an instant hit. Rodrick shouts that Greg is "so dead", closing the movie. Then the at the end of the credits at the end where right after Ownership of this motion picture is protected by copyright and other applicable laws, right below that the Greg and Rodrick drawing stand next to the title of the movie and start punching and kicking each other while they look at the viewers.

Promotion

The film's trailer was shown with Gulliver's Travels on December 25, 2010. It was later released online on the official Facebook page on January 3, 2011.

Reception

Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, the film received positive reviews from fans of the book.

Trivia

  • The live-action film adaptation for the sequel to Rodrick Rules was named Dog Days instead of The Last Straw like the book series while combining both The Last Straw and Dog Days together.
  • When Greg finds out that Manny put a cookie in his video game, it appears that Greg owns an Xbox 360 that is a Slim type model which is black.
  • While the movie received mixed reviews from critics, many fans consider this and Dog Days to be much better than Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and received more positive reviews from fans than the first film.
  • The scene where Greg get chocolate on his pants was featured in The Last Straw.
  • In a way, Holly Hills is very similar to Angie from the original film. This indicates that Holly replaced Angie.
  • Unlike in the book, Holly Hills only appeared as one of the cast members of Greg’s planned skit for the Talent Show, "The Boy Whose Family Thinks He's a Dog".
  • Holly Hills is a major character in the movie, but she only appears once in the book and is only a major character in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw.
  • The scene where Greg becomes friends with Chirag again after their disagreement, as shown in the book, was not featured in the movie. Given that they are friends again in Dog Days, they may have reconciled sometime between the ending of Rodrick Rules and the beginning of Dog Days.
  • It is the first time in the films where the main characters first appeared as a drawing then transitioned into real people.
  • On June 21, 2011, the movie was released on DVD and Blu-Ray.
  • This movie was selected as Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards.
  • Patty is not wearing glasses in the movie, same with the first movie.
  • In The Last Straw, the skating rink is called Roll-a-Round, but in the movie it's called Rocket Roller.
  • The shirt Rodrick wears before the family goes to Rocket Rapids is Sike (a parody of Nike) complete with slogan.
  • This movie was released in Singapore before it was released in the US, because of how well the first movie did there.
  • Frank Heffley's Civil War battlefield makes a brief appearance in the movie.
  • In the movie, Greg posts the "Lame band with Crazy Mom Dancing" on YouTube with the name of AmazingGregHeffley. If you look on YouTube the channel still exists.
  • In the gas station, if you look carefully, you can see Rico's logo of the cheese company.
  • There was also a movie diary of this movie.
  • Many fans consider this to be the best film. It also has (so far) the highest rating on IMDb with a 6.5/10.

Goofs

Frank goes into the laundry room finding his General Grant figurine on the thermostat and asks Greg and Rodrick about it, but the thermostat is outside the laundry room and Frank was in the laundry room running out of it so fast asking Greg and Rodrick questions about his off limit figurine.

The video Greg and Rowley make shows that it has 4 views but 24,000 comments.

Book Parallels

A list of scenes in the film that are exact adaptations or slightly altered adaptations from the books.

  • The Roller Rink scene is adapted from Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw. In the film, Greg goes there with his family and Rowley, as in the book, it's just him and Rowley.
  • The "Mom Bucks" are adapted as a way for Greg and Rodrick to bond, while in the book, it was made so Greg and Rodrick are incentivized to do more chores. They also are worth $1 in the film as apposed to a penny in the book.
  • Mr. Huff sitting Greg next to his desk is adapted from a similar scene in the book. In the film, the result of this is over a small dispute between Greg and Patty Farrell on top of Mr. Huff's previous encounter with Rodrick.
  • Rodrick texting his friends about his party is adapted from the book, where he calls them instead.
  • The Party scene is adapted. In the film, Greg and Rowley get to go to the party as in the book, Greg remains locked in the basement, and Rowley is absent.
  • The bathroom door writing is adapted from a similar scene in the book, where in the film, it says "Rodrick Rules' instead of "Hi Rodrick".
  • Rowley sleeping over and breaking his kneebone after jumping off Greg's bed adapts from a similar scene in the book, where Greg hides a dumbbell under a pillow, and Rowley kicks it, breaking his big toe instead.
  • Greg and Rowley watching a horror movie is adapted from a similar scene in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.
  • Greg saying "That is if you're alive next year" to Rowley's grandpa is adapted, where Greg says this to his own grandpa instead.
  • Frank finding out about Rodrick's party is adapted from a similar scene in the book. In the film, it is discovered when Frank wants to show the newspaper editors his Civil War set, while in the book, it is discovered when Frank goes to print pictures from Thanksgiving.
  • When Rodrick steals Greg's diary while staying with their Grandpa, the incident occurs in the present, while in the book, Greg mentions it as an incident that happened during the summer before the events of the book.
    • In the film, Rodrick stole Greg's diary while Greg was asleep, while in the book, he snatched it off Greg while he was writing in it.
    • Greg only having his underwear on during this scene is adapted from a similar scene in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, where Rodrick kicks Greg out of the hotel room, and Greg attempts to hide.
  • Greg being Rowley's assistant for his magic act is adapted, where as in the book, Greg is Scotty's assistant instead.
    • Rowley is also the magician, where in the book, he's the assistant to Scotty.
  • Fregley doing his ventriloquist act is adapted from the book, where it is Leland who does this instead.

Movie Only Differences

The film focuses more on the bond between Greg and Rodrick, and thus, a handful of scenes from the book were completely changed or removed entirely. Some scenes are exclusive to the film as well as the book.

  • Rowley sings TiK ToK by Kesha.
  • Greg and Rodrick have a chase scene between Coach Malone.
  • Holly Hills makes a bigger part in the film than the book.
  • Bill Walter is made an antagonist of the movie as trying to kick Rodrick out of the band while he is only a minor character in the book.
  • At the end of the film, Rodrick kicks Bill out of the band, however, this doesn't happen in the book.
  • Uncle Joe and his children were absent from the movie, which enhanced the entire Thanksgiving scene from the book.
  • Leland is absent from the movie, but he is seen in the My Summer Vacation film that comes with the Rodrick Rules film.
  • Greg and Rodrick only had one hour to clean up all the mess from the party in the movie while they had four hours in the book.
  • Chirag ended the prank Greg played on him on being invisible by sending a fake letter as if written by Holly to Greg in his locker, and disguising a girl to look like Holly, so that he can make Greg know he exists and Chirag invites everyone to watch.
  • Anna Wrentham is not mentioned in the movie.
  • Rowley getting his own diary doesn't happen in the film.

Books

  • Greg never wanted to be an internet sensation.
  • The scenes in the movie with Rowley, are not necessarily in the book.
  • Greg was not in his underwear when Rodrick stole his diary and Rodrick didn't steal the diary when Greg was sleeping.
  • Rodrick stole Greg's original diary.
  • Greg is extremely more disrespectful towards Rowley in the novel. He has a more selfish and short-tempered character even going against his best friend. However, in the film, he does treat Rowley as a good friend and the magic trick act becomes the climax of the film.
  • Greg and Rodrick never had formed a bond.
  • Holly didn't have an important part in the series until The Last Straw, but in the movie, Holly has a very important role.
  • The Mom Bucks deal started with 10 bucks in the novel.
  • All the scenes of Greg playing the joke of non-existence on Chirag were more compressed/connected together in the novel and took place earlier than in the movie.
  • Chirag told on Greg to the vice-principal for pretending that Chirag didn't exist. Also, there were more scenes of Greg playing the joke on Chirag in the novel than in the movie as Chirag had limited screen time.
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  • Greg did not read Rodrick's poem in front of the class in the book. It's also slightly different from the one in the book.
  • Greg got carried out of the ladies room by a security guard.
  • The door on the bathroom said "Hi Rodrick".
  • Fregley doesn't appear in the book.
  • Greg and Rodrick never became friends and were still siblings rivals, the only exception is when Greg helps Rodrick work on his school project on plants.
  • Greg and Rowley did not make the cut in the talent show.

Home Media

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was released on a stand-alone DVD and a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack on June 21, 2011. Bonus features include: an alternate ending, seven "My Summer Vacation" shorts, and more. One of the bonus shorts premiered during iParty with Victorious on Nickelodeon at 8:00 PM on June 11, 2011.

Box Office

  • The film made $7,300,000 on its opening day, ranking #2 behind Sucker Punch. The film managed to rank #1 in the weekend box office. It is also the most successful Wimpy Kid movie to date.

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