Rated: PG for some rude humor. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 3, 2012 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox
Dog Days work on the two levels which allow adults and kids to find comedy in the same comic situations Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) finds himself struggling with.
Almost overprotected by his parents who find good in everything Greg blunders into problem after problem. Most of his situations are caused by his bumbling and need to be cool, but a series come from accepting mischief and downright nastiness by his brother who turns off some kids.
Bragging about his tennis skill he finds himself smashed literally and in the score by two girls, one who is sweet and appeals to him and the other nasty like Margaret in the Dennis The Menace series. He loses his bathing suit when won't admit to having fear on the high diving board at the country club pool. Then makes it worst by not asking for help.
Greg missed all the advances of Holly Hills (Peyton LIst) a cute little blond who has more common sense that everyone in the film. To impress her he rides the cranium shaker, a twirling spinning carnival ride that is more than he bargains for. He destroys half of the scout camp during a camp out and is forced to sleep facing Rowley's feet.
He also has no luck, when an opportunity arises to help Holly's mean girl sister brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick) completely destroys the girl's sweet sixteen party.
If Dog Days is somewhat limited, it non-the-less allow comedy to reach from ten year olds to eighty year olds which is a great combination for adults to take kids to watch the Wimpy Kid comically destruct because we know somehow it all works out.
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