Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

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This second sequel to 2010's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" - based, like its predecessors, on author Jeff Kinney's series of "novels in cartoons" - provides a warm, kid-friendly comic outing that emphasizes the virtue of honesty and the importance of familial ties. Zachary Gordon once again plays the awkward preteen protagonist who, in this installment, is out to thwart his dad's (Steve Zahn) plans to transform his housebound, video-game-playing summer vacation into a father-son bonding experience via a long sequence of outdoor activities. His initially honest schemes to evade this dread prospect gain the aid of his loyal best friend (Robert Capron). But when the two pals have a falling-out, and he turns to subterfuge, his deceit leads to all manner of trouble, thanks in part to his knuckleheaded older brother (Devon Bostick). Director David Bowers delivers a moving message amid the laughs, so that touches of vaguely crass humor are easily overlooked in favor of the generally amiable proceedings.

Watch out for: Some mild scatological humor.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is A-I - general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG - parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

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