Film Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul


This Spring a Wimp has risen. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul has arrived and London Mums and Kids absolutely loved it! Read why we believe this movie is the one to watch over the half term holidays and watch the funny featurettes as well as drawing tutorials.  



The story

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, a Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Based on one of the best-selling book series of all time by Jeff Kinney, this family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget. I won't reveal too many details just to keep it spoiler-free but it's the best road-trip ever told on the big screen.


The cast

Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone.

The trailers and featurettes

  If you are heading on your own road trip this half term, find inspiration from the Heffley’s in Road Trip Riot

Jeff Kinney meets a superfan


Fans first impressions of the film

  If you can't get enough of the adorable pig from the film, take a look at this pig-filled video

  Learn how to draw our hero Greg. Twentieth Century Fox have made available drawing tutorial videos

  Greg's brother Rodrick

  And last but not least, the pig

  Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott singing along to everyone's favourite Spice Girls hit Wannabe

  Watch the trouble Greg gets into when feeding wildlife through the car sun roof

The verdict

  When I set off to see this film, I had no expectations because I had never seen the previous three movies based on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Before the film started, I said to my son 'don't wake me up if I fall asleep'. Well, I couldn't be more wrong!  Not only I liked the movie? But I dare say that The Long Haul is the funniest family film I have ever seen in my life. I have never laughed so much. I ended up crying out loud and having tummy ache for so much laughing. And I was not alone. The other parents at the Empire Cineworld Leicester Square  shared the same enthusiasm. This is an old school movie, with little special effects. I enjoyed it simply because it is full of great unique gags carefully played and paced throughout the story.

  The screenplay is unsurprisingly original and comical considering its author is nonetheless Jeff Kinney. His stories are particularly compelling because it gets inspiration from his own life events which are clearly universally shared by millions of parents and children all over the world. I could relate to my own family adventures and this road-trip. Take a look at my Roadtrip to France.  

Apart from the original book that inspired the movie, Jeff Kinney has just published a new book, The Wimpy Kid movie diary - The next Chapter where he tells all the behind-the-scenes tales from the film set. My 10 year old son Diego (who is a big fan of Jeff Kinney has read all the Wimpy kid books) has already it and he could tell me all secrets and gossip of the movie making process.

I cannot wait for The Long Haul to come out as a DVD to watch it over and over again!

London mums' rating: 10/10 (it deserves full marks for the hours of fun it gave us).

London kids' rating: 10/10


London Mums and their child reporters at the special screening! Photo by David Dettmann

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is in cinemas now.

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums