Review of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Just in time for your family’s summer road trip, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” is in theaters to remind you of how much can go wrong on vacation.

If you’re not familiar with the wildly popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, it centers on “tweenager” Greg Heffley, his middle school life, and family. In “The Long Haul,” the Heffley family is driving cross-country to attend MeeMaw’s 90th birthday. Greg is recovering from an embarrassing viral video experience and dreads the idea of being in the family van for days.

You may be taken aback at the idea of actress Alicia Silverstone playing Mrs. Heffley, a mom of three (including a teenager) when you know her best from the 90’s “Clueless” film.  But like most moms, Mrs. Heffley is struggling to keep her family off of the mobile devices so they can make real-life memories.

L-R, Charlie Wright , Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott star in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

Along the way, the Heffleys encounter a bully, a pet pig, car problems and all kinds of mishaps.  If that’s not enough trouble, somehow Greg finds a way to sidetrack their trip to attend a video game convention.

My 7-year-old son thought “The Long Haul” was hysterical and talked about the movie for days. Wimpy Kid is the kind of story he never gets tired of since he wanted to watch the first “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” movie when it came on cable this weekend.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” may not become a cult classic like “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” but it will provide a healthy dose of laughs.

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, this family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.

For even more funny clips visit the Diary of a Wimp Kid Movie Facebook page (

Twentieth Century Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” starring Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Charlie Wright and Tom Everett Scott.

This review was written by Joyce Brewer of Mommy Talk Show. She is an Emmy award-winning TV journalist, Atlanta mom blogger and parenting talk show host. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Antoine Sr. (who has an Emmy award too) and their 6-year-old son, A.J. Who also co-hosts in her video reviews of toys, products, and family-friendly services.

Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooper
Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.


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