DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL - Movie Review - Humor Comedy

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID THE LONG HAUL MOVIE REVIEW - Oh great, we are doing this again. Yes, people, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the franchise, has returned

Parents need to know that Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the fourth movie in the series based on Jeff Kinney's super-popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, but it has an all-new cast. In this installment, Greg Heffley (now played by Jason Drucker) is forced to go on a road trip with his family; predictably, chaos ensues. As in the previous three movies, there's a lot of gross-out humor involving pee, poop, and vomit, as well as some insult language ("loser," "fat," "stupid," etc.) and chase scenes. Stressful moments include car accidents, Greg being pursued by an angry man, and a runaway boat. There's a running theme of putting technology aside to better enjoy family time. And although much of the behavior in the movie isn't particularly admirable, the characters do come together in the end, and -- amid the sibling torment and fart jokes -- there are positive messages about the importance of family and perseverance.

If you're a fan of the Wimpy Kid series, you'll probably enjoy this one, too, even though it doesn't do anything new and isn't particularly good. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul begins with Greg getting caught on video doing something super embarrassing, and it immediately goes viral. This begins a series of events that puts Greg in ridiculous, sometimes funny situations. Like the three movies before it, Long Haul is all about gross-out humor and cringe-inducing situations. There's no discussion about the shame the video has caused him -- it's not that kind of movie.

The only thing really new/fresh about this fourth installment in the movie franchise based on Jeff Kinney's best-selling book series is the cast, including Silverstone as mom Alice, who's trying really hard to make her family get off of their phones and talk to each other -- even though when they do talk to her they don't have anything nice to say. Greg does get a big lesson at the end, but not until he ruins the family's vacation, destroys their car car, runs away, and ends up making his viral video situation worse. The family comes together in the end, but it takes a long time to get there.