Sunday, March 28, 2010

Winning ‘Wimpy’

An ambitious kid aspires for popularity, but he quickly discovers that just surviving middle school is far from easy. In this live-action version of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” underdog Greg (Zachary Gordon) tries to stand out in a campus populated by nobodies, overachievers, and morons, the awkward transition to adolescence and the need for validation presenting a number of giggle-worthy scenarios. The precocious pre-teen comedy is cute, and addresses conflicts by plying the obvious routes. While “Diary” isn’t always focused, the characters--Greg, and especially Robert Capron’s Rowley--are lovable, and their familiar missteps are quite amusing.

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