Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
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Film information

Directed by

David Bowers

Produced by

Nina Jacobson
Brad Simpson

Music by

Edward Shearmur


Anthony B. Richmond


Color Force

Distributed by

20th Century Fox

Release Date(s)

August 3, 2012


$22 million

Gross Revenue


Preceded by

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days is a 2012 comedy family film directed by David Bowers from a screenplay by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes. It stars Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn. Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Peyton List, Grayson Russell, and Karan Brar also have prominent roles. It is the third installment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series and is based on the third and fourth books in the series, The Last Straw and Dog Days. The film was released on August 3, 2012. It is also Bowers' second live-action film.


When the Heffley family attends a pool party at the local pool to start off the summer, but is found playing a video game. The family meets a former trouble-making friend of Rodrick who is now a model student after attending a military school known as Spag Union. After watching toddlers urinating in the pool, Frank Heffley, Greg's father, mentions aloud that Greg is in the eighth grade and ponders sending him there.

On the last day of school, Greg attempts to get his crush Holly Hills to put her phone number in his yearbook in addition to signing it. However, she is forced to leave before she can write the last two numbers. Meanwhile, Rodrick, who is advertising his band at Greg's school, falls in love with Holly's mean, monstrous, older sister Heather Hills, but she rejects him. Greg is disappointed that he failed to get Holly's number and that Holly stated he was merely a "friend". Rodrick calls this the "Kiss of Death". Meanwhile, Greg explains that he intends to play video games all summer while maintaining the illusion he is spending time outdoors to please his father. However, his plan quickly fails. In response, Greg's father bans television and video games for the entire summer. Later, Greg's mother, Susan, urges Frank to spend more time with Greg, and reminds him of his own neglectful father. Frank attempts to spend time with Greg by showing him his own interests, such as The American Civil War. However, Greg accidentally ruins the experience.

Sometime later, Greg's best friend, Rowley Jefferson, takes Greg to the local country club, which Greg takes a liking to instantly due to the seemingly free food, the sparsely populated pool, and the fact that Holly teaches tennis there. While at the club, he arranges a tennis match the next day despite the fact that he and Rowley have never played tennis. When Greg returns home, he finds his father has offered to sign him up for an internship at his job, but Greg makes up a hasty lie about having a job at the country club to get out of it and to go to the country club every day. The next day at the tennis match, it becomes painfully obvious that Greg and Rowley have never played tennis, and Holly teaches Greg personally.

At a party at Warren's, Greg's dad decides to get a dog for the family and to sign Greg up in the Wilderness Explorers, (a parody of the Boy Scouts of America) to teach him responsibility after hearing it worked with Warren's sons. At the same party, Rodrick finds out that Greg does not have a job, and blackmails Greg into sneaking him in to the country club to see Heather, though his attempt to talk to her ends horribly. The next day Susan starts the "Reading is Fun" club for the local boys and later that day Frank gets the dog, which his youngest son Manny names "Sweetie" and who proves to be a handful after walking the dog through the town.

Rowley invites Greg on a family trip to their beach house near the Boardwalk. When they visit the amusement park, Greg convinces Rowley to go on the Cranium Shaker despite Rowley's conservative parents telling them to not go on scary rides. Rowley's parents find out, and Rowley feels guilty when they too him that they are disappointed in him. Greg attempts to email his mother asking her to help him leave, but accidentally emails everyone on Rowley's dad's contact list. Panicking, Greg tries to escape by calling his parents, but accidentally contacts the police, which leads to Rowley's father being violently attacked, and an arrangement for Greg's father to take his son home shortly afterward.

Later, when Greg asks Rowley to take him again into the Country Club, Rowley lies and states he's not going there, but Greg sneaks in, pretending to be a member of the Jefferson family. After falling from the high dive naked, he runs into Holly and her sister and manages to get Löded Diper a gig at Heather's 16th birthday party. He meets Rowley, who tells him he had lied to protect Greg's feelings because his parents didn't want to invite Greg. He and Greg make up, however Rowley's father becomes infuriated that Greg has built up a massive smoothie bill and tells Frank, who then finds out Greg does not have a job and is forced to pay himself. Much to Greg's horror, he intercepts a promotional package from Spag Union directed to his father, and Greg fears that he is going to be sent there by bus.

Rodrick says his last chance is the "Wilderness Weekend" where he can attempt to impress his Dad while out on a camping trip. However, their troop proves to be weak compared to Troop 42, led by Warren, who pitch their tents where Greg's troop was about to stay, forcing them to put their tents next to the bathroom. Greg and his friends overhear Stan and his sons mocking Greg's father and plan to set up a trap for revenge involving a nest of ants. However, Warren's expensive tent gets destroyed, and Greg discovers that Troop 42 has not been camping but living off of excessive conveniences. When Greg steps up and takes the blame, Frank is impressed and finds out about Troop 42's conveniences, angrily confronting Warren as a phony. Frank later takes Greg to a hotel and reveals he never liked camping. He tells Greg that he will not send him to Spag Union and that he is proud of him.

At Heather Hills' Sweet 16th birthday party, Löded Diper performs a rock version of Justin Bieber's "Baby" during an attempt to win over Heather. However, they end up ruining the party. Greg apologizes to Holly, however she states she is happy as she felt that her sister deserved it. Then, Holly holds Greg's hand, implying that she likes him. The next day, They all go swimming at the county club pool to end the summer, with Greg calling it the "best summer ever".



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