Greg (Zachary Gordon) is back to middle school, that dark place between comfortable elementary and different high school. This time his predicaments and situations give us even more reason to laugh and to cringe at the places Greg finds himself.
With all the cards stacked against him Greg presses on with his daily out of control life. While brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) masters his garage band "The Loaded Diaper" Greg loses his opportunity to sit next to pretty Holly Hills (Peyton List) because of his brother's record from a few years before with the history teacher. Even being in the seventh grade one grade up on the food chain he is crushed by his little brother's antics, particularly when three year old Manny places chocolate on Greg's seat in the car as the family heads to church on Sunday morning. Dad (Steve Zahn) spreads the brown chocolate around the seat of Greg's pants making the damming stain look more like poop. Mom (Rachael Harris) covers the stain with a sweater which loving brother Rodrick pulls off as the family heads for communion. Exposed in front of the entire congregation he attempts to explain "it's chocolate" creating a far worst situation. We laugh but he doesn't.
Good old brother Rodrick also holds a loud messy party over night when Mom and Dad take baby Manny out for a two day trip. The party is absolutely forbidden by Mom. The two brothers clean up the mess next morning but a bathroom door is permanently ruined by black paint. The replacement door has no lock and that presents a problem for quite a while during the story.
Rowley Jefferson (Robert Capron) is just not aware or doesn't care about the middle school world. In the last film he scored by dancing with his Mother and here his magic act on the stage near the climax will fall to a similar success in failure.
As kids enjoy the antics, parent remember the reality of what is on the screen, but what is more important this is a fully shared film experience. Kids and parents laughing at the same time to problems which can be laughed at rather than the heavy dark stuff that often appears on the screen. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, is a great trip back to school for everyone.