Last Friday was a big day for middle-school misfits everywhere.
It marked the opening weekend of the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid,
based on the hugely popular book series, by Jeff Kinney.
I was there with my 12- and 8-year-old boys (and my 42-year-old
husband), to cover the excitement of it all and gather some
feedback from the critics that matter most: the kids.
We hit Lake Theatre in Oak Park for a Saturday matinee and were
part of a packed house of Wimpy fans. This just-under-2-hour
feature follows protagonist (and seriously wimpy kid) Greg Heffley
and his sidekick Rowley on their epic endeavor to rise to the top
of the middle-school food chain and reign victorious as one of the
cool kids, (by being featured in the yearbook as a "class
Throughout their often torturous journey, we're treated to
lessons on true friendship, bone-headed bullies, how to really get
girls to like you, and the shear joy and rapture that bathroom and
booger humor brings to the pre-teen set. My husband and I may have
laughed out loud once or twice, too.
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is perfect for those parents and children
who appreciate Kinney's take on growing up and the struggle for
popularity. My crew thought it was a superb representation of the
Wimpy Kid books we've been enjoying for years.
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
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