Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)


I suppose the science behind this content is solid, for this and the sequels. Many of our films — primarily romantic comedies — deliberately give us a surrogate with whom to identify. And then they set the situation to be similar to those we’d experience, but simplified and exaggerated so that we can both laugh at ourselves while feeling superior.

It is a simple formula and cheap to make if you have the right demographic. I happen to have some boys in that bucket. But I wonder at the cost. All these jokes are based either on barely concealed stereotypes or family dynamics that are mostly fictional. Reinforcing all that probably sets the viewer further away from cineliteracy.

Posted in 2022

Ted’s Evaluation — 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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