Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild crude humour and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Loaded diaper soars to fame.

  • Starring:

    Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Dylan Walters, Wyatt Walters, Joshua Hoover, Chris Coppola

  • Directed by:

    David Bowers

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are humiliated, mocked, kicked, bitten by an animal, attacked by birds, splattered with goo/dough/mud, squirted in eyes, pursued, threatened. An angry mother threatens her kids with double murder. A clothed man grabs at a clothed boy in a motel bathroom (shower scene from Psycho parody). A car veers off the road over traffic cones (driver using mobile phone), a moving vehicle loses its load of luggage over the road (belongings stolen by passersby). People break in to a motel room and a car to retrieve stolen goods. A boy rides an out-of-control boat. People at a gaming convention play a shooting video game (brief), kick an virtual snowman. An exploding tin sounds like gunshot. Animated sequences show characters being hit by a football, a tree struck by lightning, a cemetery with a crow on a gravestone and the Grim Reaper nearby, a bird poking a boy on the bottom causing him to fall into a garbage can. A teen holds up a sign pleading to be rescued from kidnappers. A boy steps on a cockroach (squish/crack sound heard). Pesky kids slam a motel cleaning trolley into a wall/into a vehicle. Naughty kids claim that another boy was threatening the beat them up. A man falls into a dumpster. Yelling, screaming, arguing, squealing. Being hunted and eaten by mutant hillbillies mentioned. Blood/gore: (None): A teenager believing he has been shot thinks dough in his head/hair is his leaking brains. Mud washing down a bath drain resembles blood. Skull motifs on clothing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    (None): People in swimwear, shirtless men/boys, women in skimpy cosplay costumes, kid in underwear, nude baby photos (rear/side view), cleavage. A teen boy asks "Are those even real?" while looking at a female cosplayer in a bikini. A teen boy rubs his hands over his back pretending that he is being caressed. Hot girls mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    (None): A television shows a brief scene from The Three Stooges where cocktails can be seen on a table. A hotel minibar contains bottles of alcohol.

  • LANGUAGE:

    (None): Name-calling (losers, dork, diaper hands, worst mom ever, weirdos, beardos, Oompa Loompa, chico, creep, fat, punk, spazz, jerk, dorko, slow, idiot, monster baby, etc). Religious references (church) and exclamations (oh my gosh, what the heck, holy moly, thank god, oh my god).

  • THEMES:

    Family, road trips, social media, memes, infamy, social media influencers, YouTubers, cosplay, gaming, technology, parents, county fairs, rules, family bonding.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Baby covered in food goo. A family stay in a motel infested with rats and cockroaches and find hair on the soap and wet (implied used) towels in the bathroom. People seen on toilets, poo/fart/plop/urination sounds heard, bottles filled with urine. Horses, pig, piglet, seagulls, bird poo. Animated tank fish, monkey, cat. Dirty nappies/diapers. Paintings of clowns. Nose-picking, vomiting (slow-motion close-up). Barbecuing meat seen, eating bacon mentioned. Brief Spanish (subtitles/translation). Vision during end credits, mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Amiable, fast-paced, lively, polished, good-natured, harmless, competent, solid, fun. All-new cast steps into their roles seamlessly, terrific/unexpected Psycho shower scene parody, great microwave pizza joke, relatable characters, scattershot laughs.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lazy, underwritten, clichéd, hackneyed. Uninspired visuals, some broad/potty/dumb/predictable humour, rote soundtrack, wispy plotline, some sloppy editing/direction, one-note characters, lacks the values/charm/cringeworthy self-aware moments of the books.

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