by Mica Wilhite
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is the fourth installment of the film series that is based on the best-selling book series by author Jeff Kinney. The film adaptations started in 2010 with the last one released five years ago in 2012. This fourth film has a whole new cast only because the original one literally outgrew their roles.
Jason Drucker takes the lead role this time as Gregory “Greg” Heffley, the often mischievous, selfish, lazy yet sometimes compassionate, thoughtful and courageous middle-schooler for whom the story is named. He decides that he wants to go to a video game convention where a world record is expected to be broken. Using his brother Rodrick (Charlie Wright) and buddy Rowley Jefferson (Owen Asztalos) as accomplices, Greg constructs a plan to use the family’s summer road trip as a means of transportation to the video game convention.
The story that ensues is reminiscent of the Griswalds’ in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” albeit missing the classic comedy only Chevy Chase and the late John Candy can deliver. The Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer only gives the story of the Heffleys’ road trip a 19% fresh rating.
Kinney also wrote the screenplay for the film with David Bowers continuing as director as he has for all the Wimpy Kid film adaptions. The film is a bit more star studded than previous films with Mom being played by Alicia Silverstone and Dad being played by Tom Everett Scott.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (94 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG rating for some rude humor and language. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit www.Jimplecute1848. com for a full list of show times. Then consider making a short road trip to see it with the misbehaving yet lovable kids in your life. Or maybe just wait for the DVD.
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