Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

(2017)

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Title:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Release Date:
19th May 2017
Runtime:
90 min
MPAA Rating:
PG
Genres:
Directors:
David Bowers
Writers:
David Bowers, Jeff Kinney
Languages:
English
Stream Quality:
1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw's 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg's newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 18%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 37%
IMDb Rating 3.7

Casts

Alicia Silverstone as Susan Heffley
Charlie Wright as Rodrick Heffley
Jason Drucker as Greg Heffley
Owen Asztalos as Rowley
Tom Everett Scott as Frank Heffley

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by amesmonde 31st May, 2017

National Lampoon for a younger audience

Greg Heffley (Jason Drucker) is looking forward to a long summer of just hanging out, but his mother forces the entire family to take a road trip for a relative's birthday celebration. Wimpy Kid veteran David Bowers directs a briskly paced family comedy in the vein of National Lampoon's (only a version for a younger audience). The cast include the familiar faces of actors Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott who are accompanied by some fresh faced new comers who play Wimpy Kid favourites Greg, Rodrick and Rowley. The players are forgivably not as settled into their roles quite yet but nonetheless are entertaining. Some editing aside Bowers offers a well made good looking film. Long Haul is a road trip where almost every outlandish gag is borrowed from another comedy but it's put together well enough to get pleasure from. It also amusingly touches on the over reliance of technology within a family. If your child is a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, they'll no doubt enjoy this one, it's entertaining and lowbrow enough to also appease the moodiest of teens and grumpiest adults.

Reviewed by hel dang ([email protected]) 30th May, 2017

The story was about Greg going to a road trip with his family.

The movie was good, and it was funny. I liked how Rodrick made himself look so dumb, like the part of putting the pizza in a saver. How "Greg got stuck in the man that hates him" bed. I think this is recommended for anyone who loves funny stories, diaries, and diary of the wimpy kid. Also, it is recommended to be watched by families. I love the first scene where the kids got messy with ice cream in the restaurant like the book shows you. This shows us teens or families going to trips, and can relate to real life at times, except for some parts like the pig or the seagull attack.

Reviewed by donjohngone 21st May, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long haul - Simply put - don't waste your time on this awful attempt to resurrect the past!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Long Haul, simply put, is a bad Film. Summing up The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Long haul = Predictable dialogue, predictable action, predictable repetitive jokes from the past, a lousy no-chemistry cast, and profoundly boring. The fact that everyone in the cast comes off as "acting" is just another nail in the coffin. About 98% of the reviews on Long Haul point out how bad the movie is. Variety and Hollywood Reporter gave it some kudos. Which shows that a big studio, like Fox, can still "Pay Off" reviewers in an attempt at not making the film a "total bust", which it is. You had an iconic cast in the first 3 movies that were excellent. The original cast had charm, chemistry, great interaction, and made 3 very entertaining movies based upon Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. This movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the Long Haul, just doesn't connect at all. The Long Haul film is sort of like a stand alone idea created in an attempt to "con" the public into thinking this is a continuation of the original three movies. It is nothing of the kind. The movie is so bad on all accounts that 20th Century Fox had to go out and try and get the original cast members to say something nice about the movie. But that just came off as a "cheap hustle". The story and performances are not funny. This movie reeks of predictable action and dialogue, as well as a cast that are, simply put - just bad, without cohesiveness or chemistry. Our 4 kids, my wife and I really enjoyed the first 3 Wimpy Kid movies and we watch them over again, to this day. I don't think anyone could ever take the place of Zachary Gordon as Greg Heffley, even though a very weak attempt was tried. Gordon "was" Heffley and performed masterfully as the main character and kept true to the personality of Kinney's book series character. In the Wimpy Kid, Long Haul, the part of Rowley, which was so prominent in the first 3 movies and in Kinney's book series, has been completely downplayed to almost non-existence, with little screen time. Let's not even talk about the actor who they chose to play Rowley - what an amateur and not believable in any way. The actor who plays Rodrick came out of "left field" and is a farce in that he doesn't fit the character of Roderick both in physiology and performance. He doesn't match the characterization as written by Jeff Kinney. Devon Bostick (the original Rodrick) could surely have played the part since Hollywood uses 25-35 year-old's to play Jr. High and High School kids anyway. In addition, attempting to replace Rachel Harris and Steve Zahn with Barrymore and Tom-Everet makes it all an underwhelming, futile attempt at movie making. This is a movie that should never have been made. The original movies were fun and entertaining. Wimpy Kid, Long Haul is an empty attempt to make money as an "after-thought" and rip off the public because Fox was too stupid to make 6 back-to-back Wimpy movies, which they could have done, when they had the opportunity. Apparently, 20th Century Fox is not a pro-active or foresightful studio as, for example, Warner Brothers or Universal would have been. Ie: Warner Bros shot Harry Potter movies back to back. Fox could have easily made 6 Wimpy Kid series movies from the original cast long before they matured and everyone would have been happy. Don't waste your time or money on this poor attempt at resurrecting the Wimpy Kid movie world. If the studio had 1/2 a brain, they would have made this an Animation Film instead, which might have garnered some interest from the fans. Find something else to do with your own time or kids this weekend as sitting through the Wimpy Kid, Long Haul is just that - a boring long haul.

Reviewed by TheSonomaDude_Returns 21st May, 2017

Unbelievably bad. The writers think you and your kids are stupid.

The other Diary Of A Wimpy kid films are nothing more than decent or average, but at least they aren't as bad as this. I don't know why this DOAWK entry is particularly awful, especially since it's made by the same director, writers, and producers of the other films. The Long Haul is so poorly made that it should be shown in Filmmaking 101 courses as a "how NOT to make a movie" lesson. In fact, not a single thing in this film is done right. Every character is stupid to the point where it's completely unrealistic. The acting is almost universally horrible, especially from the kid actors who seem to have no idea what's going on. The same background extras are reused in every scene, and most of them even look straight into the camera on multiple occasions. The story is cliche and the script feels like it was actually written by a 10-year-old. However, more than anything else, not a single joke is funny in this film, and most of them make absolutely no sense at all. Here are some, not all, but SOME of the horrendous moments in this film: -A bag of Cheetos falls into a hot tub with Greg, resulting in him being dyed orange from the neck down. Not only does this make zero sense, but he then has a three-minute long conversation with his dad while still being dyed orange in his tighty-whities, and his dad never brings it up. Like "hey son, why is your skin orange?" Nope, he never even notices it, as if it's totally normal. -Rodrick confuses a safe for a microwave and locks their only food in the safe. -Rodrick confuses cinnamon roles for his brains and guts, and passes out from shock when he sees his little brother eating said cinnamon role, thinking he just ate a piece of his brain. -The youngest brother wins a piglet at a fair and somehow it's all Greg's fault, even though Greg had absolutely nothing to do with it. -The Heffley's live in Ohio but it takes them two days to get to Indiana, which is a neighboring state. -Crashing into a soft bale of hay somehow destroys their van's engine. -Throughout the entire film, Greg is being chased by a psychotic redneck family for no reason, but he spends the entire film keeping it a secret from his family. Why? Does he think he'll get grounded for being stalked by a murderous redneck? Greg'll run into them somewhere and tell his parents "uh...I-uh, I gotta use the bathroom!" and runs away. At one point, they're even like "Greg, do you know that man? You're acting strange." And he's like "Huh? Who, me? I-uh, I never seen him! I'm not acting strange! Whoops gotta go, bye!" Perhaps if he actually did something to the man, like stole something from him, I'd get why he'd keep it a secret. But that never happens. Why he doesn't inform his parents of a strange man trying to kill him is beyond me. -The family lose their luggage and it ends up being stolen by the redneck family. Instead of reasonably calling the cops, they decide to chase it down themselves. Later, the Heffley's find the redneck's car at a hotel. Again, instead of calling the cops, they decide to break into their hotel room and steal it back. -In the dumbest moment of the movie, while the Heffley's are in the above hotel room of the redneck family, the mom decides it'd be best to clean themselves up using their shower. Yes. Right in the middle of a quick and stealthy burglary attempt, they say "wow, we look dirty! We need to wash up!" and they decide to take a shower at the hotel room of the person they're stealing from. There are much more moments like that, but I'd be here all day listing them. In fact, there is a horrendous, unfunny, or confusing moment roughly every 30 seconds of this film. There are reviews on here calling the acting "fantastic" and the story "amazing", people saying critics are being way too harsh. No, I'd say the critics are exactly correct. None of the other DOAWK films come anywhere close to being this awful. They all had much better acting, directing, writing, stories, funnier jokes, etc. To the people who wrote positive reviews for this film; just because sad music plays over a scene doesn't automatically make the film sad. Just because your 5-year-old liked it doesn't mean it's automatically a great film. In fact, as I was walking out of the theater, a group of young girls no older than 8 said "that film was stupid!" I agree, little girl.

Reviewed by Sonny Ismail 20th May, 2017

Worth My Family's Time

I'm a fairly tough reviewer and critic, however I don't review very often, and I wanted to contribute to this particular movie because of the ironic reviews from the media and professional critics. I have two girls - 7 and 5 years old - and the older one absolutely begged me to watch this movie. I also wanted to watch it from the trailer and from the prior movie editions I've seen in the past, however this one I was very hesitant on after reading up on the reviews. After reading one specific review right before mine, I decided to take the plunge. I felt like kicking myself afterwards since I don't like wasting my time and energy on worthless movies these days. I'll just get to the point: This movie was so awesome and family oriented. A lot of laughter and humour and just good, quality family bonding chemistry in the picture... And the positive energy transfers over to real life as well... I would honestly rate this movie between a 7 and a 8, so I rounded up because it is well-deserved. My kiddo reads the books after the series as well. I admire all the creativity and work put into these series, especially this one as well. They say this one is not the same, but I beg to differ. This one is also worth the watch - every single bit if not more. Go see it with your family if you are hesitant like I was!