It's been over 20 years, yet my middle school years are still the most terror inducing time of my life. Just thinking about the psychological tortures I endured is enough to send me back to my therapist. However, I'm not above laughing at some of the funnier things that happened to me. Maybe that's why I really like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I allows me to make fun of a time that was anything but.
Based on the illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, the story follow geeky Greg during his first year in middle school. All Greg wants is to be popular, but everything he does seems to do the exact opposite. Whether it's messing with older kids, hanging out with the wrong crowd, or being a pariah after touching a piece of moldy cheese in the yard (which, more than anything, shows how kids will look for any excuse to put down their peers), everything he does gets him further away from his goal.
The film may be episodic in nature, but let's face it, so was middle school. I only really remember the horrible, funny, or "life-changing" events. So I really didn't mind the structure of this movie. The filmmakers do a good job balancing the angst and humor of middle school, and the young actors aren't those annoying kids we're used to seeing. I may not have liked it the first time, but Diary makes me almost miss middle school. Almost.