Jason Drucker in a scene from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Jason Drucker in a scene from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Daniel McFadden

MOVIE REVIEW: Diary of a Wimpy Kid — The Long Haul

SEEING as it's been five years since the last one, the original Wimpy Kid is now very much a wimpy adult.

So for number four, the franchise has had to go and find a new one.

Greg Heffley 2.0 is played by an appealing enough young nerd type by the name of Jason Drucker.

The lad knows what kind of faces to pull when a fully loaded diaper is stuck to his hand (an incident which becomes a viral video crucial to the plot) or mishandling a plastic bottle of pee-pee (the movie appears to be rated PG for Potty Gags).

This highly skilled novice thespian is sure to go far in show business.

Charlie Wright, Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott in a scene from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Charlie Wright, Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott in a scene from the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Daniel McFadden

In the interests of mapping out a whole new WimpyKid-iverse, the rest of the Heffley family has also been recast.

Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott are now the mum and dad, and Charlie Wright is now the franchise's much-reviled second banana, Greg's dim-bulb big-bro Rodrick.

That covers everything fresh about The Long Haul, predominantly a stale road-trip affair that often feels like an old Chevy Chase Vacation flick slightly cleaned up and dumbed down for undiscerning youngsters.

En route to Grandma's 90th birthday shindig, the Wimpy Kid and his wacky clan will learn to do without their digital devices for a day or so, and experience several 'chance encounters' with fast-moving projectile vomit, silent-but-deadly gaseous emissions, and enough solid waste to make a plumber announce his immediate retirement.

If the series keeps going at this rate, they're going to have to call the next one Diarrhea of a Wimpy Kid.

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Stars: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, Charlie Wright.

Director: David Bowers

Rating: PG

Verdict: 2 stars
 

News Corp Australia

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